Molalla's Visioning Process heading toward preliminary draft
The City of Molalla's Visioning Process is continuing to work toward reaching a consensus on community values for the year 2028.
"Right now we're in the stage of [determining] strategies," said Bill Flood, visioning process consultant. "We are in the process of developing strategies to offer a first draft to the city council on Feb. 1. That will give them time to go over the draft and provide their suggestions at the Feb. 9 retreat."
While he hopes council members will help with the strategies, he, Elizabeth Klein and Leota Childress hope to see specific groups take the lead in specific areas. Their goal is to have various nonprofits, businesses and the school district lead some strategies, while the city leads others and the public will take over others.
The group held two meetings, the first on a weekday evening and the second on a Saturday morning. The second meeting was more active than the first, he said, although both were attended by stakeholders and the community. Using a worksheet, attendees are being asked to clarify the 2018 values and identify what strategies the city needs to move these values to 2028. They were asked to return this to Flood by Jan. 16 without overthinking their answers.
The exercise asks people to provide five or ten key strategies or actions to any or all of the current values. While the city is facilitating the visioning, the strategies will be implemented by businesses, schools, other public bodies, non-profits and others. Flood said these short or long-term current values will help them grow to be more inclusive, outward-focused and forward thinking for the future.
He explains the current values as (1) a welcoming place that is hospitable and inclusive of new residents, businesses and visitors; (2) a growing community with an aesthetically appealing small-town feel. We are confident that our quality of life will improve as we grow together; (3) an affordable place to live and raise a family where people have a strong sense of belonging because we have resources to care for everyone; (4) an economically sound community, because residents have a strong work ethic, which is evident in the diversity of businesses, partnerships, education and innovation; (5) a beautiful and tranquil area known for its unique natural landscape. We are committed to preserving and protecting our place through education about responsible use; (6) a full-service resource hub within the region that is recognized for connecting people with enterprise and for providing central access to our regional resources; and (7) a resilient community that passionately recognizes and builds on it history, culture and location within Clackamas County.
Flood noted that, "It's important to understand that the plans for the Visioning Process will be ongoing. It's a living document," he said.