What's Next, Naperville?
In February 2021, the City began work on a strategic plan to identify its vision for the future and priorities essential to achieving it.
The public involvement phase of the project, which ended in August 2021, included a community survey with over 2,700 participants who shared input on strengths and weaknesses of Naperville as well as city services. Additional online engagement activities gathered feedback from the community on sustainability, public art, community events, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Through this process, the following areas were determined to be the highest priorities for the City:
- Financial Stability and Economy
- Housing Choice
- Infrastructure and Utilities
- Public Safety
City staff incorporated public input as well as direction from elected officials to develop the Bridge to 2023 Priorities Plan, which includes initiatives and goals in each of the identified priority areas. The plan was approved by the Naperville City Council on Dec. 7, 2021 and will serve as a touchstone for city operations over the next three years.
City staff is providing two formal Priorities Plan progress updates in 2022: one in April and a second this fall in conjunction with the start of the 2023 budget workshops.
The first update at the April 19 City Council meeting focused on public safety and sustainability; financial stability and economy, housing choice, and infrastructure and utilities will be the focus of the fall update. While the priority areas were split to allow for an in-depth report on each topic, significant work continues on goals in all areas.
To assess progress, the City is using adequate resource availability as its measurement tool. Adequate resources are defined as the appropriate amount of personnel, finances, and materials available and in place to move forward with goals as planned.
Below is a snapshot of the five priority areas and their status. (Text within the image below can be viewed in the detailed status update available here and at the link below. Please note that the April 20 PZC meeting referenced in the image was canceled due to a lack of quorum; this presentation was prepared prior to that cancelation.)