Overview, Focus on Longmont
of the Strategic Plan Process
The City of Longmont wishes to remain
a vibrant, free-standing community. The purpose of this planning process is
to develop community-supported strategic policies that, if followed, will
result in a balance between resources and expenditures that sustain Longmont
's capacity to provide desired municipal services as we approach build-out
of the Longmont Planning Area.
Process in Brief
The project will be conducted in two
phases. Phase 1 will involve the community in shaping the vision for the City
of Longmont as a mature, free-standing community. The visions will explore
the role of the City government. Phase 2 will
involve the community in deliberating on possible future scenarios. The deliberations
will lead to policies that the Longmont City Council will need to consider
as the City reaches build-out of its planning area. [View graphic illustration]
Phase 1: Mobilizing the Voices
and Visions of Longmont
November 2004 - April 2005
Phase 1 will foster high levels of
community involvement among a broad spectrum of community members, resulting
in the collective generation of possible futures for City of Longmont as a
mature, freestanding community.
We will engage community members and City
employees and officials in a series of individual interviews and Community
Conversations that will:
- Build high levels of community
engagement and involvement in the strategic planning process
- Discover and describe
Longmont's "positive core." These strengths are discovered through conversation and story and are central to the City's
social and strategic vitality. They must serve as the foundation for future
choices, if the essential goodness of today's community is to be carried forward
into the future.
- Generate compelling positive
visions of the future, which community members will subsequently evaluate
through a process of deliberative dialogue.
VIEW THE PHASE I REPORT (pdf, 698 KB)
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Coordinating Team - This team of people will design and
guide the inquiry, while actively reaching out to the community to build enthusiastic
participation in the planning process. [view
list of coordinating team members]
2. Conduct First Wave of
Interviews - Coordinating Team members will conduct one-to-one interviews to gather stories that capture each person's perspective on Longmont's strengths based on their personal experience in Longmont. [view
the interview guide] (pdf file)
3. Conduct Community Conversations
- The Coordinating Team will organize a minimum of 15 Community Conversations involving more than 50 organizations interviewing
one another, using the guide that was developed for the individual interviews. To provide a rich experience, different types of groups and city staff
will be invited to the same Conversation. For instance, young people from
the Longmont Youth Council might attend a Conversation at the Senior Center along
with staff from different departments.
4. Conduct "Best in Class"
Interviews - "Best in Class" interviews will bring inspirational stories from other communities into the process. Findings of the interviews will be shared at
the Community Summit.
5. Host Community Summit
- The one-day Community Summit will involve any member of the community
who wishes to participate. Our intention is to engage anywhere from
50 to several hundred people (interviewees, participants in Community Conversations,
members of city advisory boards and commissions, residents and city
government employees). Participants will conduct interviews, hear
and make meaning of stories and hear "Best in Class" presentations (see #4 above) of what other cities and
organizations are doing. They will "map" the positive core of Longmont , and
envision mature, sustainable futures that build upon and amplify the
City's most positive qualities. These possible futures will serve as the foundation
for Phase 2, in which citizens will participate in deliberative dialogue both
to make choices and to flesh out the implications of those choices with regard
to City policies.
[View Opening Summit Slide Show from the all-day
Community Summit] Single Click on this link.
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[View Phase I Report] (pdf, 698 kb)
[View Attachment 1] (pdf, 193 kb)
[View Attachment 2] (pdf, 354 kb)
Phase 2: Community Choice-Making
on Policy Directions
May - October 2005
In Phase 2, the rich set of visions,
ideas, and possibilities from Phase 1 will become future scenarios for public
deliberation. The scenarios will be firmly rooted in community members' experiences,
values, aspirations, and sense of Longmont 's current strengths and future
potential. Community members will discuss these scenarios through a structured
deliberative process in various Deliberative Forums held throughout the community.
The deliberations will produce an understanding of the range of policies that
are consistent with the public's judgment.
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1. Develop Issue Briefing
Booklet - The booklet will include information consisting of 3 to 4 policy choices that reflect the desired future of Longmont as a mature, free-standing community as created in Phase 1.
The information along with additional economic research will be assembled into "pro" and "con" arguments for
each choice and assembled into an Issue Briefing booklet for use by moderators
[View priority setting guide (PDF 1.32 mb)
2. Conduct Deliberative Forums
- In each 3-hour forum, moderators will
engage participants in what the National Issues Forums calls choicework.
Choicework is a form of deliberative dialogue in which participants "work
through" 3 to 4 options, or "choices," for the future direction of the community.
It encompasses weighing the pros and cons of each option in light of its probable impact on things community members
value and desire; determining what trade-offs people are willing to accept
in order to secure the good things they want; and reaching a conclusion about
"the bottom line"-the range of actions people are willing to go along with.
By working through the choices, participants will work toward the making of
a public judgment: a shared view about a general direction for community
action that they believe is in the best interests of all citizens.
View the results of the Deliberative Forums
3. Develop Draft Policies
- The outcomes from the Deliberative Forums will become the basis
for the next part of Phase 2, the development of a range of specific policy
options. The Coordinating Team and Project Consultants will draw on their combined expertise and experience in fiscal
analysis, land use planning, and policy development to construct concrete
policy options, analyze their costs and benefits, and discuss the feasibility
and likely consequences of each. The Coordinating Team will conduct focus groups or a community
forum to discuss the policies with the community and meet with City Council
to refine the policies prior to adoption.
View public comments on the Draft Policy Directions
4. Develop Final Report
- The Final Report will include recommendations concerning performance
measures that will provide quantifiable feedback regarding policy effectiveness.
The Report will also examine how the findings and policy recommendations align
with the City's existing plans and policies and how well suited the City's
existing structures and operations are to carrying out the policies that are
View Focus on Longmont Final Report / Attachments 1-3 / Attachments 4-7
Fiscal Impact Study
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