The Working Group (GP/MP WG) seeks to integrate the findings of the AIA Sustainable Development Action Team Final Report into City planning processes to actively shape what Healdsburg will be 2040!
As the SDAT reports states:
If it succeeds, Healdsburg will maintain its charm and small-town character while becoming more accessible, affordable and inclusive, producing a family-friendly community that is prosperous, healthy, and environmentally sound. It will stay true to its roots and build a community that is friendly, welcoming, diverse and happy. It will maintain its authentic sense of place.
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Shape the City’s 5-year Strategic Plan.
We spearheaded the development of Healdsburg 2040’s own Strategic Plan proposal, including strategic goals, initiatives and action items [insert link to matrix], which were derived from in-depth analysis of the SDAT report by all working groups. We focused on achievable, measurable goals. Our recommendations were shared with the City Council and presented to the public at a well-attended forum on June 24, 2019 [link to event video and/or presentation deck], where we emphasized that climate change adaptation & mitigation need to be an integral part of the strategic planning process.
Establish an ongoing dialog with City Council and Staff.
We took advantage of a range of communication channels to build relationships with City Staff and City Council members, including inviting them to attend WG meetings. Members of our group regularly attend meetings of the City Council, building a climate of mutual trust and facilitating the exchange of ideas between city officials and Healdsburg 2040.
Exert public pressure to realize the community & event center at 3 North.
Healdsburg 2040 put pressure on the City Council to accept the generous donation by the Foley Family Foundation to redesign the historic Cerri Building as a community and event center, as planned through an extensive stakeholder process. We placed several columns in the Healdsburg Tribune, drove participation in a wildly successful signature campaign and conducted outreach to individual Council members with a united message.
Introduce 2020 City Council candidates to the public and encourage people to get out to vote.
Together with the Healdsburg Tribune, we organized a widely visited public Zoom forum with all six candidates for City Council [insert link to recording], and we subsequently provided a Spanish translation [insert link to HB2040 Spanish Translation] that was made available by the Healdsburg Tribune and Corazon through their channels.
OUR WORK in the future:
General Plan update. Following the completion of the Strategic Plan, our top priority for 2021 is the long overdue revamp of the outdated General Plan, which will play a decisive role for the long term viability of Healdsburg. According to the SDAT experts, the update of the General Plan is the first priority to implement their long term recommendations. For the first half of 2021, we focus on the timeline, the financing and the public engagement process of the new GP.
Climate change: It is critical that the impacts of climate change on the economy and security of the City are fully understood and addressed in adaptation plans that are required by State law to be included in the General Plan. We will also ensure that climate mitigation is included in the GP update or dedicated climate strategic planning effort.
Excellence in government: We will continue our focus on improving the accountability and performance of city government, pushing for increased transparency and metrics. A City Council with three new members and a new City Manager presents a unique opportunity to achieve this goal.
Citizen engagement: Healdsburg 2040 will continue to promote and contribute to meaningful dialog between City government and residents. We envision a speaker’s series with independent experts on topics like climate change, the future of individual and mass transport and the economic diversity of the city. We encourage the City to adopt and leverage a civic engagement platform to encourage greater participation in governance.
Nancy Jane Andrews Richard Burg Cynthia Doubleday Charles Duffy Cyndi Kehrli Steven Kent Deborah Kravitz Karen Messick
Mark McMullen Ken Munson Anne Arquit Niederberger Walter Niederberger Tim Unger Jim Winston
Meetings are twice monthly, on the Thursday following a regular City Council meeting. ** Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all meetings are currently on ZOOM. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org a ZOOM link.**
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