Strategic planning aids our decision making by providing both
short- and long-term context so that nothing is done at random.
As illustrated above, the several planning elements all draw
on one another, ensuring consistency and predictability, and
ultimately adherence to council-adopted policy.
Our annual pre-budget planning retreat in May is structured for
in-depth discussion of all of these, perhaps most prominently,
horizon, the priorities are reviewed and readopted every year,
and Capital Improvement Plan are also considered annually,
and the Comprehensive Plan is scheduled for periodic review
this year as well.
Public input is encouraged at every step of the way and is most
process. The importance of getting the right amount of input
at the right time has been demonstrated in recent years by a
handful of projects that were initiated pursuant to feedback
from some residents, but eventually terminated when others
spoke up in concerted opposition. I suppose one could argue
that’s part of the process, too, but it certainly goes more
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smoothly and is better representative of the community as a
No, we’re not always going to agree on everything — it would be
weird if we did —but hopefully we can at least commit to honest
debate and respect for opposing viewpoints. Recognizing our
diversity of opinion, we each decide how we conduct ourselves,
how we approach the issues, and importantly, how we choose to
treat each other.
together in moving Bellaire forward.
Friedberg periodically blogs about matters of
community interest at cityofbellairemayorsmusings.
blogspot.com. He may be reached at afriedberg@
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