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City Council Policies

(In alphabetic order) 


The City of Sandy will actively seek the concerns and desires of residents.  The city will provide opportunities for active participation in committees, meetings, and other forums.  It will also solicit the input of other segments of the community to make as balanced and informed decisions as possible.


The City of Sandy will help residents to help themselves, rather than emphasizing governmental solutions to problems.  The City Council recognizes that all societal problems cannot be solved by city government, and that the city can’t be all things to all people.

In working with other governments and citizens, the City Council will look to the best use of tax dollars.


The Sandy City Council will take a positive leadership position on issues that directly affect city services or programs, or the welfare of city residents. The Sandy City Council will avoid taking positions on issues that can be divisive and are a distraction from the business of the city.


The City of Sandy will create an environment for businesses to grow and flourish, recognizing the [private] market is the most efficient mechanism for determining which businesses will expand or locate in Sandy. Provision of excellent city services—SandyNet and other utilities, streets and roads, transit, police, etc.—is a key factor in creating the foundation for business growth.

Economic development tools may include:

  • Active marketing of Sandy’s assets and amenities
  • Cooperation and partnerships with other organizations that support the city's economic growth
  • Information on sites, market demand, and financial resources
  • A streamlined planning and permitting process for all businesses, without compromising city standards for quality design and construction
  • Limited direct financial incentives or tax subsidies (e.g., Enterprise Zone tax incentives)


In general (and subject to budget constraints), employee compensation will be in the mid range of comparable cities.  Comparable cities are those that are similar in population, growth rate, and proximity to a metropolitan center.


The City of Sandy takes a balanced approach toward growth.  The City Council encourages new development that helps meet specific community goals, or strengthens the local economy.


The City of Sandy will devote resources to efficient communication and education to citizens/customers.  This ensures sound use of city funds and understandable public processes. The City Council affirms the importance of open government and transparency in the use of city funds.


The City of Sandy will spend time and resources on regional issues when those issues have a direct impact on the residents of Sandy.  We will “think regionally, act locally.”


Sandy will be a leader among Oregon cities in sustainability, both in the city government's own operations and projects, and in its regulatory role. The city government will encourage individual households and businesses to adopt more environmentally-sound practices through education, leading by example, and incentives rather than through mandates or regulation.