Thriving today and beyond...In 2006, the City completed its Focus on Longmont strategic plan designed to help Longmont City Council develop policies and make key decisions to ensure that Longmont continues to be a great place to live, both now and into the future. Since that time, Focus on Longmont has guided past and current City Councils in establishing their annual goals and in allocating resources to support the five strategic directions contained in the plan: 1) Promote a Healthy Business Climate; 2) Support Education as a Communitywide Value; 3) Enhance the Natural Environment; 4) Revitalize Downtown; and 5) Promote a Sense of Community and Cultural Inclusion. For the past five years, the City, in partnership with the community, has made significant plan accomplishments throughout a time of great economic uncertainty and change.
The Longmont City Council, along with hundreds of voices from our community, updated the Focus on Longmont Plan in 2012. The Focus on Longmont Update process involved input from hundreds of people who work and live in Longmont. They not only evaluated how well the City has moved forward on its strategic directions during the past six years, but also spent time dreaming of Longmont’s future. Their input has been captured in this update to the strategic plan and will inform city council members in their decisions about priorities for the future of the City of Longmont.
The Focus on Longmont Update Process (2011 - 2013)
In 2011, the City Council decided it was time to update the Focus on Longmont strategic plan and invited the community to help determine what the City should keep doing and what additional activities the City should take on to further realize the five strategic directions.
Focus on Longmont Update Process
Step one - created a community coordinating team to help plan the process and questions to ask the public.
Step two - involved residents, business owners and employees to focus groups to brainstorm and determine future priorities for the Council to consider. Six focus groups were conducted in November of 2011, with thousands of ideas generated and prioritized in the strategic directions.
Step three - took the priorities to the public through a telephone town hall meeting that called all residents and had an opportunity for people to participate in person, a Spanish-speaking focus group, and online survey. The telephone town hall was held on February 16 and the Spanish-speaking focus group was held on February 29.
Step four - created the plan and approved by the City Council in May of 2012.
To read the City's progress over the last five years, check out our Report Card to the Community.
Focus on Longmont - a bit of history...share your vision, create our legacy
In January 2005, the City launched the City-wide strategic plan designed to help Longmont City Council develop policies and make key decisions that shape our future.
The plan, called Focus on Longmont: Share your vision, create our legacy, attempts to involve many of the people who live and work in the community in planning how Longmont can continue to be a great place to live both now and into the future. At the same time, it is important to involve the community in assuring that Longmont’s city government has enough money to pay for the services that will help make that unique and distinct community a reality.
Longmont is heading into a challenging time. The City’s planning boundaries are largely fixed as shown in the August 2003 revision of the Longmont Area Comprehensive Plan (LACP). And within the next 10-15 years the remaining areas planned for residential development will be built out within the planned city boundaries. Development of the industrial areas is anticipated to last longer, in the range of 40-50 years.
Whatever exists in the way of housing, commercial sites, agriculture, and open space will be fixed. City government will then have to provide residents with the services that are needed with taxes and other sources of revenue that is available within the city that is created.
Longmont City Council believes that Longmont should remain a vibrant, free-standing community.
The Focus on Longmont plan was completed and accepted by the Longmont City Council in January, 2006.
Focus on Longmont updated accomplishment newsletter for 2008 (Adobe pdf 250 KB) - for best print results select 11 x 17 sized paper.
Focus on Longmont Report Card - as presented in 2009 Budget to City Council (Adobe pdf 319 kb)
For more information, call Karen Roney at 303-651-8633 or Dale Rademacher at 303-651-8355.