Council Policy Agenda and Activity Update

As the City Council considers priorities for the 2019 Council Policy Agenda (their work plan guiding staff and the organization for the coming year), we are providing an update on priorities from Salem's Strategic Plan.
You can learn more about the progress made in 2018, the Strategic Plan and the 2018 Annual Policy Agenda at
What is Salem's Strategic Plan?
Salem's Strategic Plan describes the vision, mission and values that guide the City. It also identifies goals and actions (planning, funding, incentives, and regulation) the City may take place in the next three to five years.  Council will use the Strategic Plan to track progress and revisit goals, updating it periodically.
Priorities - in Context
Despite recent economic growth, the City’s ability to sustain services is at risk. Costs of services are escalating faster than the revenue the City receives from property taxes and fees.  The Council's Policy Agenda provides a way to prioritize services and staff resources for the upcoming budget.  In addition to day-to-day emergency response, parks maintenance, police patrol and investigations, planning and code enforcement, economic development, library services and multi-generational recreation opportunities, staff continue to work on 2018 Policy Agenda priorities, including: 
  • Developing more affordable housing,
  • Opening a sobering center,
  • Beginning an update to the Comprehensive Plan,
  • Hiring and training firefighters to re-open Station 11,
  • Beginning construction of a new Police Station and Library Renovation project, and
  • Testing the market for high speed internet downtown. 
In addition, staff continue to better align available resources to Council and community priorities, learn more about revenue options, and plan for future infrastructure needs. 
If you are unable to join us October 24 from 6-8 pm at Broadway Commons, please consider providing input through this form.

Thank you for sharing your ideas for Salem.