On Tuesday, May 1, Brighton City Council unanimously approved a resolution adopting the city’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2019. The Strategic Plan and supplemental business plan will help the city direct its own destiny, even as it encounters a number of pressures in being one of the fastest growing cities in the Denver area. The Plan will also guide the priorities that the city will pursue and will help determine how the city will invest its time and resources. In the near term, it will also assist City Council and city management in the development of the 2019 budget. Throughout the strategic planning process, City Council has made a commitment to keeping the Strategic Plan active and updated in order to meet the needs and demands of the growing community.
“This strategic plan is critical because it sets the direction of what we deem as most important to the city and where we spend taxpayer dollars,” Mayor Ken Kreutzer said.
These Strategic Plan priorities include:
Facilities, Amenities and Open Space
The City of Brighton prioritizes and balances the capital needs and wants of the City, secures and protects open space ensuring it will remain for future generations, and provides desirable amenities that reflect a diverse community.
Strong Local Employment Opportunities
Brighton is a prosperous community that attracts innovative business and industries that offer economic security to their employees. The community supports educational opportunities that ensure a qualified workforce for local industries.
Recognizable and Well-Planned Community
Brighton’s unique history and culture provides the foundation for a well-planned and authentic community identity. We add economic value by incorporating our distinct identity into our plans for the future.
Innovative, Data-Driven, Results-Focused City Government
Brighton is a nationally recognized smart City that combines resident engagement with data-driven inquiry and problem solving. Brighton efficiently executes adopted plans and integrates best practices from wherever they may originate in the world.
Safe, Active and Engaged Community
Residents of Brighton enjoy peace of mind knowing they live in safe, secure, and inclusive neighborhoods and take advantage of the many active recreational opportunities available to them. We value our neighbors and work together for success.
Brighton identifies, plans, and utilizes resources in a way that positively impacts the lives of those who call Brighton home today and those who will call Brighton home tomorrow.
Supportive, Sustainable Infrastructure
Brighton is committed to investing in existing and future transportation, water, wastewater, storm water, and technology networks while planning for sustainable growth.
Strong Regional Relationships and Partnerships
Brighton strives to develop strong relationships with our public and private partners.
To help develop the Strategic Plan outlined above, City Council and other city leaders attended a council retreat in March, which was facilitated by Dr. John Nalbandian of the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Julia Novak of the Novak Consulting Group.
“It’s a great time to be in Brighton and we’re working hard to make it better every day,” City Manager Philip Rodriguez said. “By developing priorities through a new strategic plan and supporting those priorities with a clear business plan for the city, we’ll be able to ensure we’re building the community we ultimately want. This is an exciting step for us as a city, and we look forward to working closely with residents, businesses, community leaders and staff to deliver on the aspirations of the City Council.”
The city is currently developing a business plan that will accompany and support the Strategic Plan and will align the Council’s policy priorities with both specific and broad initiatives that will be developed and implemented in 2018 and beyond. City Council along with other city leaders will be meeting with the community throughout the year to invite more resident and business participation.