2011-13 City Council Goals
Goals set in February/March 2011. Status Report as of March 2012. Goals in red added in 4/9/12 retreat.
- Improve the city's infrastructure to meet current standards and provide for managed future growth
- Build the city's tax base by supporting and expanding the business community
- Manage growth pressure through careful planning
- Build on the city's superb quality of life
- Other goals/projects
- Provide SandyNet fiber service in new subdivisions and conduct a pilot FTTH project in an existing neighborhood. Status: Development code amended for new development. Cascadia/Bornstedt Villages chosen as pilot neighborhood; cost estimates are being refined to ascertain the project will be financially feasible.
- Centralize Information Technology services to improve the automation of city services. Status: IT Department created and included in 2011-13 budget. First "virtual computers" installed in city hall in testing phase.
- Explore westbound traffic access to the Community Center through easements from adjacent properties.
Next Two Years
- Seek grant funding for sidewalk connections to Vista Loop.
- Work with residents to complete missing sidewalk segments in existing neighborhoods. Status: Community Development Block Grant used to install sidewalks in the neighborhood north of downtown. Exploring creation of small-scale Local Improvement Districts.
- Consider establishment of a central fleet management program for city vehicles. Study completed by PSU graduate student. Implementation on hold due to budget constraints.
- Hire or designate an economic development director and encourage business expansion and development in all commercial/industrial zones. Status: Business outreach meetings were held during summer 2011. Forum on ED strategies held in October 2011. Economic development manager position created as of January 2012.
- Amend the zoning code to give businesses more flexibility in the use of their commercial and industrial buildings. Code language drafted and scheduled for Council review in April 2012.
- Transition the Main Street program (with a full-time coordinator) to a non-profit organization, supported by a downtown Economic Improvement District. Status: Temporary part-time coordinator hired. Main Street Committee working on the process of forming EID.
- Identify a contingency plan for continuing the Main Street program as an EID is being formed.
Next Two Years
- Encourage the development of urgent care and other medical facilities. Status: Adventist Medical offering urgent care hours. New Dialysis Center to be located near the Mt Hood Athletic Club.
- Amend the zoning code as necessary to encourage development of apartments and condominiums on the top floors of downtown commercial buildings. Status: Preliminary analysis shows that market demand and state building code requirements, not zoning code, appear to be the main barrier to downtown housing.
- Incorporate Pleasant Street into Main Street activities and urban renewal improvements.
- Design and begin implementing a strategy to better manage downtown parking. Status: A detailed parking survey and analysis has been completed; City Council has appointed a downtown parking committee to guide implementation.
- Encourage development of a destination hotel/restaurant/conference center. Status: Preliminary discussions with a potential hotel developer are underway.
- Continue to seek 24-7 medical facilities.
- Encourage development of the old city shops property to increase the availability of high quality and affordable rental housing. Status: A Request for Proposals was issued and resulted in two good proposals. Council has approved a development agreement with Northwest Housing Alternatives. Construction projected for 2012-13.
- Bring the Sandy River Park into the city limits. Development Code and Comprehensive Plan amended; annexation on May 2012 ballot.
- Continue to implement the tree planting program. Status: Ongoing.
Next Two Years
- Consider expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary to increase the potential supply of larger residential lots. Status: the steps to do this have been identified. Possible cooperative project with Metro and Clackamas County.
- Designate a dog park in Sandy. Status: Future dog park sites have been identified in Sandy Bluff Park and Meinig Park.
Next Two Years
- Complete the master plan for the Sandy River Park and begin improvements, including trail development. Status: done.
- Seek funding for the connection between the Sandy bike/pedestrian trail system and the Springwater Trail. Status: Ongoing. City staff helped organize bicycle tourism workshop in Sandy.
- Explore the creation of community gardens in more neighborhoods.
- Explore development of a youth center. Status: The Ant Farm is meeting some of this need with their new downtown facility.
- Improve two-way communications between the city and residents and businesses through forums and increased use of social media. Status: Two neighborhood ice cream socials were held in September. Community Leadership Forum held in October 2011 on economic development. A PSU graduate student has developed a plan for a Citizens Academy.
- Build relations between the City Council and other organizations, including the Oregon Trail School Board, Sandy Mountain Festival Committee, Chamber of Commerce, and others. Status: Joint meetings held with MF Committee, School Board.
- Provide funding for recognition of outstanding achievements. Status: Volunteer Recognition Picnic and Employee Recognition Banquet have been included in the budget.
- Continue to explore ways to encourage the city's growing Spanish-speaking population to participate in city government and community activities. Status: En marcha.