A strategic plan provides a comprehensive framework that ensures that the priorities set by the City Council are clear to all employees, that goals are laid out that respond to priorities, that objectives are achieved that meet the goals, and that city government is accountable to meeting community needs. 

Help Shape the Strategic Plan FY 2018/19 - 2020/21

The City Council is currently in the process of creating it's next Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 18/19 through Fiscal Year 20/21--and we want to hear from you. The City Council will hold multiple meetings to develop strategic goals and objectives. Please review the Meetings & Workshops section on this webpage for dates and locations. The City Manager’s Office, working with each appropriate department, will help to develop work plan items and timelines during which each proposed objective can be completed. Fiscal Year 2018-19 is listed as Year 1, Fiscal Year 2019-20 as Year 2 and Fiscal Year 2020-21 as Year 3 as the implementation targets.

Previous Strategic Plan

On June 2, 2015 the City Council adopted its 3-year Strategic Plan for FY 15/16 through FY 17/18. The Council met in strategic planning retreats five times during 2014 and 2015, all of which were open to the public. 

At these meetings, the Council developed the following five goals:

 A City that Works

Know, understand, and respond to the community we serve, engage our residents, and provide valued services promptly, professionally and with a passion.

OUTCOME: A respected and valued City organization that is efficient and collaborative, promotes community involvement and is proactive, responsible, and ethical.

Living Well, Together

Support facilities and design programs and services that create a healthy, caring, and inter-connected community that is safe and secure.

OUTCOME: A safe, livable, thriving, and involved community where we care for one another, where differences are bridged, and people strive to be active and healthy.

Economic Vitality

Encourage a thriving business environment, becoming a hub of economic activity and innovation, with a focus on high-paying industries, a vibrant downtown, and a healthy economy.

OUTCOME: A climate where business flourishes and grows, that attracts visitors, where residents can do business, work, and shop, and the City has the resources it needs to provide the services our community desires.

Great Places

Create inviting natural and built places and spaces for contemplation, play, arts, and connection while celebrating our history.

OUTCOME: Great places that encourage community pride and interaction, captivate the imagination, and offer tranquility.

Environmental Legacy

Preserve and protect Novato’s unique environment for future generations and model best practices for the community.

OUTCOME: Reduced greenhouse gas emissions for the organization and the City as a whole and adaptation to the local consequences of climate change. Preserved environmental resources, reduced commute trips, and increased awareness of the natural environment and our impact on natural resources.

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