Every year the Town Council identifies their Strategic Priorities as an initial step in the budget development process. The Strategic Priorities discussion is an important opportunity for the community’s priorities to be reflected in the development of the coming years budget.
On January 25, 2022, the Town Council determined the Strategic Priorities for 2022-2024, providing guidance to Town staff on workload prioritization. The Town Council reaffirmed its Core Goals, including: Community Character, Good Governance, Fiscal Stability, Quality Public Infrastructure, Civic Enrichment, and Public Safety. In addition, the Council affirmed its ongoing commitments to the Strategic Priorities of Safety, Quality of Life, Traffic/Transportation, and Prudent Financial Management.
Even with the significant budgetary challenges associated with the pandemic, many of Council’s primary goals and priorities will continue to be programed in the FY 2022-23 Operating and Capital Budgets.
Several Strategic Priorities are not one-time projects, but rather are ongoing commitments due to their critical significance in ensuring the Town’s fiscal and infrastructure stability and the safety and quality of life for Los Gatos residents, businesses, and visitors. These commitments include prudent financial management, developing Measure B transportation projects so the Town is positioned to receive its fair share of the funds, fostering emergency preparedness and community resilience, environmental sustainability, community policing, and increasing opportunities for affordable housing.
In terms of capital projects, the Town Council affirmed its interest in investing in bicycle and pedestrian improvements, wildfire preparedness, and implementing the Comprehensive Parking Study.
Other Strategic Priorities position the Town for its future. The Council continues the General Plan Update to engage the community in land use planning and policies to guide development for the next couple of decades and begins the Housing Element Update, a strategic plan for housing the Town's present and future residents. Other Priorities address State housing legal mandates, exploring new revenue opportunities, and enhancing community vitality through the semi-permanent parklet program and other work.
The following illustrates the Strategic Priorities adopted for FY 2022-24.