The Working Group (MP/GP WG) seeks to integrate the findings of the AIA Sustainable Development Action Team Final Report into City planning processes. We want to make sure that theReport is considered relevant and significant looking forward 20 years, hence Healdsburg 2040! Our overarching goal is the preservation of Healdsburg's identity and history, from short-term (e.g., budgeting and goal-setting) to mid-term (e.g., 5-year Strategic Plan) and longer term planning (e.g., General Plan update).
Our work to date:
Since October 2018 we have met weekly with over 500 hours contributed by our core group. We coordinated with the other three working groups and served as the guiding arm for all of Healdsburg 2040. For the City’s 5 year strategic plan, we analyzed the SDAT report in depth and extracted strategic initiatives, goals and action items for the City Council. We focused on achievable, measurable goals (matrix). We were pleased to present that matrix at a well attended public forum on June 24.
We maintained regular contacts with City Staff and City Council members and invited them to some of our meetings. Members of our group regularly attend meetings of the City Council, building a climate of mutual trust and advice between the city officials and all the working groups.
Our work in the future:
Following completion of the Strategic Plan, we will turn our attention to long overdue revamp of the City’s General Plan, which will play a decisive role for the long term viability of Healdsburg.The update of the General Plan presents an unique opportunity to implement the long term recommendations from the SDAT experts. But we also found that the SDAT report neglected significant future challenges:
• Climate change: The impacts of climate change on the economy and security of the City are not yet fully understood and need to be addressed in an independent risk assessment.
• Excellence in government: We hope to improve the accountability and performance of city government, with increased transparency and metrics.
• Engagement of citizens: We plan to organize a speaker’s series in 2020 with independent experts on topics like climate change, the future of individual and mass transport and the economic diversity of the city. We hope the City finds a civic engagement platform to encourage greater participation in governance.