By: Mayor Christine Hunschofsky
As we move into the month of March, the City of Parkland begins its strategic planning process in which we review both our current practices as well as plan for our upcoming annual budget. Beyond merely looking to the year ahead, the strategic planning process allows us to look into the future and set priorities for Parkland’s direction.
For 2019, our City is embarking on a multi-month strategic planning and visioning process that will include input from our residents, commission, and staff. Initial planning meetings began in February and in March the process continues with some initial community focus groups and the development of a survey for resident outreach. In April, we will have several resident focus groups and in May we expect to finalize the process.
The result will leave us with an adopted strategic plan that will include an updated vision and mission for the City, values the city seeks to exemplify, goals and strategic initiatives, and a business and work plan which will be the foundation for our budget planning.
Given the growth of Parkland over the past several years and the tragedy that occurred in 2018, it is even more important that we take the time this year to comprehensively assess where we are now and what opportunities lie ahead for our city.
Issues like public safety services, projections for completion of the communities in the Wedge, improvement of parks, and other city services will all be discussed as part of this process. We encourage community input into our strategic planning and I hope that residents will reach out to me by email or in person to share questions, concerns, and ideas that we can discuss during strategic planning.
In terms of upcoming city events, in addition to our wonderful Farmers’ Market on March 3 and March 17, we have some excellent special events in March, including our Parkchella concert on March 9 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Pine Trails Park and Movie in the Park on March 22 from 7:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m. You can find out more about our City at www.cityofparkland.org and www.facebook.com/copfl.
Our next city commission meetings are on Wednesday, March 6 and March 20 at 7 p.m. You can view all meeting agendas at www.cityofparkland.org/cc. Also, I will be holding open office hours on Thursday, March 7, from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Parkland City Hall. There is no appointment necessary. If you are unable to make it to the office hours, you can reach me directly by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your input.