On Thursday, the Mayor and City Council gathered for a strategic planning session where they reviewed the accomplishments of the 2015 Strategic Plan and approved the addition of the “20 in 2020” visionary initiatives.
City Council also made adjustments to the strategic plan by incorporating the Resiliency Plan.
The Resiliency Plan is the result of a three-year effort in which the City of El Paso partnered with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Network to identify how El Paso can be better prepared to survive, adapt, and thrive no matter the chronic shocks or stresses.
Under strategy 1.6 City Council voted to amend a resiliency strategy to include the creative economy.
Other adjustments were also made to specific strategies of the Strategic Plan which include:
2.4 Improve motorist safety and enhance traffic management plan
5.6 Strengthen messaging opportunities through media outlets and proactive community outreach
The strategic planning session also allowed City Council to list additional items for staff to review. These items will be brought back at a later date for City Council action.
These additions include:
- Expand holiday attractions at Shawver Park and other areas of the city
- Enhance bike plan connections with neighborhoods, consider using utility easements, trails and existing levees (i.e., Paisano Drive from Doniphan to Downtown)
- Creation of a residential rehab incentive policy
- Mixed-use development along construction projects (supporting walkable neighborhoods)
- Engage retailers like Trader Joes and REI that attract millennials and “expats”
- Mission Trail development
- Funding update on Sun City Lights entryways and the master plan
- Expand EP Streetcar and BRIO operational hours; augment fees for first six months of streetcar operations
- Creation of International Relations/Affairs Department (or position)
- Zaragoza International Bridge (Ysleta Port of Entry) entryway
o to include allocation of revenues for capital improvements
- Contracted employees; livable wages review
Full report: 20in2020