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Strategic Plan

Lake Forest Park CONCEPTUAL DRAFT APPROACH to a Strategic Plan


We seek to be:

Trusted stewards of the public's resources, partnering locally and regionally to support and enhance the environment and quality of life in Lake Forest Park (
while achieving our Comprehensive Plan Vision)


We will get there by:
Delivering services and managing resources, including the public's trust, in ways that are viewed as a model for local government

 

What is important to us:

Collaboration   We achieve greater results through collaborative engagement of each other and the communities around us.

Equity              Our actions provide all people with access to a good quality of life.

Accountability  We are committed to addressing the concerns and priorities of Lake Forest Park through transparent community engagement, decision and actions.

Stewardship     We are effective, efficient, financially prudent and innovative stewards of the public's resources, and strive to achieve sustainable results through continuous improvement.

Integrity          We resolve to do what is right for our citizens individually and our community as a whole, despite any political, social, or economic pressures to do otherwise. We will strive to be deliberate in our leadership actions and avoid reactionary responses to issues or events.

Service Ethic    We deliver our programs and services in a manner that respects the customer and community while seeking positive and efficient solutions in the delivery of City business. We uphold the high standards, skills, competencies, and integrity of our professions in doing the work of City government.


Goals

1-      MobilityProviding, maintaining and enhancing a safe, accessible and integrated mobility system, emphasizing bicycle, walking, safe streets and transit connectivity, consistent with the character of Lake Forest Park.

 

2-      Healthy EnvironmentEnsuring the community and environmental health of Lake Forest Park through the effective policies that protect lands, waters, trees, and wildlife and promote human health.

 

3-      Community Vitality Creating a sense of community pride and identity in order to create and maintain thriving neighborhoods and vibrant business districts where people can gather, engage and grow together.

 

4-      Public Safety and Access to Justice Maintaining a safe community and an accessible justice system through fair, equitable and customer service driven systems.

 

5-      Accountable and Engaged Government Delivering a financially sustainable, model government that is responsive to the people of Lake Forest Park.



How do we deliver on our goals?


Mobility

Lake Forest Park's transportation system is defined by two heavily traveled state routes that connect with winding minor arterials and local streets serving residential neighborhoods. Current King County Metro and Sound Transit bus service mostly travels north/south along SR 522 (Bothell Way) with some limited east/west service along SR 104 (Ballinger Way) and to the Horizon View neighborhood.


Popular walking routes exist throughout the city, although many routes do not have sidewalks on one or both sides of the road. The heavily used Burke-Gilman bicycle and walking trail parallels the Lake Washington shoreline. Other bicycle routes have been identified throughout the city, but lack wayfinding signage. Most of these bicycle routes are shared with automobiles, and lack road markings.


We deliver mobility through:
Providing, maintaining and enhancing a safe, accessible and integrated mobility system, emphasizing bicycling, walking, safe streets and transit connectivity, consistent with the character of Lake Forest Park

 

Current (On-Going) Services:

  1. Manage the city's 102 total lane miles streets through pavement preservation and overlay programs on at least xx lane miles with a goal of maintaining at least a seventy percent Pavement Condition Index on city streets
  2. Increase pedestrian and bicycle connections in Lake Forest Park by:
  • Completing Burke Gilman Trail to Interurban Trail Connection
  • Working with community to design environmentally sensitive pedestrian connections on City rights of way
  • Improve intersection/pedestrian crossings each year to achieve current accessibility standards
  1. Enhance traffic, pedestrian and bicycle safety through  public education, increased patrols, use of traffic cameras, and use of speed trailer


Service and Policy Growth Initiatives for the 2015-2016 Biennium:

  1. In partnership with WSDOT and adjacent jurisdictions, develop a Multi-modal Transportation Plan for the State route/primary travel corridors within Lake Forest Park to prepare for potential ST3 funding and projects on SR 522, including a park-and-ride facility and mitigation of cut-through traffic in residential areas
  2. Develop a pedestrian, bicycle and transit connections plan that addresses intra-city connections, safety, traffic calming, wayfinding signage, and access to transit



Healthy Environment

From its very beginning, our City’s natural environment has been its defining characteristic. Named for its location on the shore of Lake Washington and the abundance of streams, ravines, wetlands and robust tree canopy, our city has been committed to protecting this valuable ecosystem and green infrastructure to create economic and health benefits for our citizens.  Effective environmental protection requires a vision that acknowledges the critical interdependence of the various contributing local, regional and global ecosystems as well as their relationship to the built environment. What we build, where we build, and how we build it has a lasting effect on the health of our citizens, community, region and planet.


The city has strived to maintain a healthy tree canopy through urban forestry planning and an adopted tree ordinance, as well as public education. The city’s land use policies and permitting functions are designed to protect environmentally sensitive areas and to preserve natural areas in response to community objectives, including protecting wildlife habitat and providing our citizens with outdoor gathering spaces and walking trails.  The city also works to restore stream habitat, and replace and repair culverts to promote stream health. We also maintain a sanitary sewer system that protects human health and the environment, and engages with local water districts to ensure safe water quality for citizens.


We deliver a healthy environment through:
Ensuring the community and environmental health of Lake Forest Park through the effective policies that protect lands, waters, trees, and wildlife and promote human health.

 

Current (On-Going) Services:

  1. Maintain and enhance water and sewer infrastructure through fiscally sustainable plans and franchise agreements
  2. Systematically implement NPDES permit requirements in order to achieve compliance by 2018, including evaluation of strategies for water quality testing and fish counts in Lyon and McAleer creeks
  3. Manage an inspection and permitting system wherein growth pays for growth, while protecting environmental health of the City through the policies of the Comprehensive Plan and responsive code enforcement
  4. Educate and engage the community regarding the value of a healthy environment



Service and Policy Growth Initiatives for the 2015-2016 Biennium:

  1. Develop a Healthy Creeks Plan for the strategic and systematic investment in the restoration of Lyon Creek and McAleer Creek in order to improve water quality, provide for regular native fish spawning while also reducing the impact of water on roads and roadbeds
  2. Review policies and programs supporting the maintenance of the City's tree canopy
  3. Identify opportunities for environmentally sound infrastructure improvements

 


Community Vitality

Lake Forest Park has several community strengths and assets, including its parks, a local library, and the widely acclaimed Third Place Commons, a space donated by the privately-owned shopping mall which acts as a forum for hundreds of community activities and events each year and is managed and programmed by a non-profit organization partly funded by the city. Third Place Commons also sponsors the popular Farmers’ Market in the summer months, including programs that offer low-income seniors and families access to fresh, healthy produce.


The city collaborates with neighboring jurisdictions and the school district to offer a wide range of human services, including a Senior Center, recreational opportunities for children and youth, and services for victims of domestic violence. Services are also available for citizens needing mental health services, drug and alcohol treatment, family support and counseling, transportation, or those who experience housing or food insecurity.


It is the goal of the city to foster a balanced and sustainable local economy that supports a good quality of life for Lake Forest Park residents. The city has limited areas of commercial activity, however new opportunities for mixed-use development may become available if the SR 522 corridor is re-developed via the Sound Transit 3 ballot measure.


The city already has an enviable reputation as a desirable place to live but lacks a city-owned facility for community-building activities, recreational programming, active outdoor recreation infrastructure, and has very few city-sponsored community events. It is the goal of the city to create more opportunities for citizens to gather and celebrate our community identity.



We deliver community vitality through:

Creating a sense of community pride and identity in order to create and maintain thriving neighborhoods and vibrant business districts where people can gather, engage and grow together

 

Current (On-Going) Services:

  1. Provide Human Services (for youth, seniors, Arts, recreation and personal/family resources) in partnership with local area providers evaluating the accessibility of services to Lake Forest Park residents
  2. Partner with Friends of Third Place Commons to provide for an actively programmed community space
  3. Administer, coordinate and celebrate volunteers in support of City services
  4. Maintain city parks, open space and trails in a responsible and environmentally sustainable manner

 

Service and Policy Growth Initiatives for the 2015-2016 Biennium:

  1. Establish a community engagement Task Force to identify and recommend community events for implementation by the City
  2. Develop a parks, recreation and open space plan that includes service levels, maintenance and acquisition policies, and addresses active park, play field and playground needs
  3. Initiate a Town Center Sub-Area Plan that addresses the need for community gathering/event/activity spaces



Public Safety and Access to Justice

Lake Forest Park is committed to a strong public safety system and is dedicated to the fair and impartial administration of justice and provides equal access for all individuals. The City values fairness, education, accessibility, engagement with the community and feeling safe at home and in the neighborhood. Our public safety efforts and judicial system work together to ensure that our community is one of the safest places to work and live in the Puget Sound Region.


Our police department’s is focused on reducing crime and traffic collisions, providing quality policing and excellent customer service through an ethical, innovative, knowledgeable and diverse workforce, and providing emergency management oversight for the city. Our police department is a valued and effective partner with regional law enforcement agencies and recognized as a leader in effective community policing. The department maintains strong and effective relationships with citizens through the use of electronic and social media, effecting the reduction of crime within the city.


As the third branch of government, the Municipal Court provides fair and equal access to justice, dispenses justice effectively, affords a fair and proficient hearing process and delivers a level of customer service that meets the needs and expectations of the people we serve.



We deliver public safety and access to justice through:
Maintaining a safe community and an accessible justice system through fair, equitable and customer service driven systems.

 

Current (On-Going) Services:


1. General policing services in order to decrease crime rates, increase traffic safety, and enhance the community's feeling of safety through the provision of:

  • Crime prevention and investigation
  • Traffic safety and enforcement
  • Administer a traffic safety photo enforcement program
  • Neighborhood patrols
  • Dedicated response to calls for service within our community Education and awareness
  • Community policing and neighborhood watch
  • Emergency response management


2. The Municipal Court is organized as a limited jurisdiction court to hear misdemeanor crimes and civil infractions. In addition to managing case flow, trial date certainty and collection of monetary penalties, the court also:


  • Manages a Youth Court Program
  • Supervise a Probation Department, which includes Pre-Trial Supervision Program, Enhanced Probation, Release and Planning Services (RAPS)
  • Electronic hearing option for customers

 

Service and Policy Growth Initiatives for the 2015-2016 Biennium:


  1. Analyze various levels of service between the City's minimum police staffing and optimal staffing and develop cost and benefit information to inform budget, funding and community outreach decisions
  2. Analyze capacity for staffing a major emergency or event
  3. Evaluate Court Security
  4. Review capacity of the RAPS Program



Accountable and Engaged Government

The Lake Forest Park City Council serves as the legislative and governing body of the city. The council enacts ordinances, approves the budget, sets policy, confirms appointments, and grants franchises. During its twice monthly general meetings and regular work sessions, the council conducts itself and its meetings as a model of respect, inclusiveness and encourages a collegial environment.


The Mayor of Lake Forest Park is the chief executive officer and ceremonial head of the city, presides at meetings of the city council, submits the annual budget, and is responsible for carrying out the policies, contracts, and agreements approved by city council.  Since the Mayor is a part-time position, internal operations of the city are delegated to the City Administrator, who serves as the chief operating officer. Other internal operations functions are Human Resources, responsible for negotiating collective bargaining agreements and staff recruitment, and Legal consultation provided through a contract City Attorney and Public Defender.


Departments reporting to the City Administrator and responsible for significant public engagement and outreach include:

  • Municipal Services keeps the record of City Council proceedings, provides residents with access to City services, information and records,
  • Finance manages accounting, budget development, business licensing, utility billing, including on-line utility bill payment, and manages information technology services
  • Planning and Building who are responsible for managing the city’s long range planning process, Development Services, including review and inspection, Planning and Building services for residents and contractors, Code Enforcement investigation and follow-up, Tree Removal and replacement ordinance compliance, and Right of Way permit processing and inspection
  • Public Works maintains and develops of public streets, sanitary sewers, parks, public facilities and surface water infrastructure (culverts, storm water drainage)
  • Engineering provides technical support to the Mayor and all city departments to support operations and capital improvement projects for transportation, traffic control, drainage, and sewer systems.


Responsibility for communications within the city, with local jurisdictional and agency partners, and with Lake Forest Park citizens is distributed among city departments. The Finance office and IT professional are responsible for the functions of the website. Content development responsibilities are distributed throughout the city’s departments.


We deliver an accountable and engaged government through:

Delivering a financially sustainable, model government that is responsive to the people of Lake Forest Park


Current (On-Going) Services:

  1. City Council governance (with fewer than 12 pieces of legislation passed with less than three touches)
  2. Actively seek regional, state, federal and private grant funding for capital projects
  3. Achieve zero non-standard audit findings for state and federal audits
  4. Provide department and service accountability through the executive office
  5. Provide adequate and understandable financial oversight of funds and appropriations such that funds do not exceed their approved appropriations
  6. Maintain all public records and achieve public disclosure requests consistent with State standards
  7. Meet community needs for passport issuance and renewal services with 30 minute processing goals


Service and Policy Growth Initiatives for the 2015-2016 Biennium:

  1. Develop and implement a City of Lake Forest Park Strategic Plan through a robust approach community engagement
  2. Implement a citywide communications plan to increase accountability and consistency in timeliness and quality of communications content.
  3. Identify and plan for increased use of online services for those doing business with City departments
  4. Identify service gaps with between city service to ensure cross-functional collaboration in problem solving
  5. Identify and develop regional relationships to promote the policies, values and goals of Lake Forest Park