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City Council Selects 2020 Priorities and Guiding Principles
Each year, the Hillsboro City Council creates its list of guiding principles and priorities that help the City focus on the areas that need the most attention.
In February, the Council identified the areas listed below as the most important to lead the City forward.
2020 City Council Priorities
In alignment with the City’s Equity Statement, utilize an equity lens to institutionalize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into the delivery of City services and policy-making
Review and revise City staff recruitment and selection strategies to achieve equitable and inclusive outcomes
Provide ongoing DEI training to City Council and staff
Create policies to support and expand workforce housing and regulated affordable housing
Engage and collaborate with regional efforts to address homelessness
Support increased density in housing development
Evaluate pathways, such as inclusionary zoning, to increase regulated affordable housing in Hillsboro
Identify and evaluate opportunities to encourage City employees to live in Hillsboro
Continue to develop Hillsboro’s municipal broadband utility, HiLight, to deliver reliable and affordable high-speed internet connections to Hillsboro residents, businesses, and schools
Continue to support the implementation of the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan
Evaluate home energy retrofit opportunities for Hillsboro residents
Identify opportunities to replace City equipment to reduce the City’s carbon footprint
Organize a program that provides Hillsboro residents with trees or saplings in celebration of Arbor Day
Conduct a comprehensive review of the City’s transportation utility program and fee structure
Identify potential strategies to create income-based utility rates
Business Support & Economic Development
Continue to cultivate a competitive and business-friendly environment by focusing on business recruitment, support, and retention
Continue the revitalization of Downtown Hillsboro
Support development of the City’s Cultural Arts District to grow a diverse arts and culture environment in Hillsboro and improve the economic strength of our creative sector
Expand City support for small businesses, with a focus on creating new connections with minority-owned businesses whose owners and employees speak a language other than English
Review and enhance the City’s communication and engagement with community members to hear from more voices, with a focus on culturally competent engagement
Redesign the City’s website using a mobile-first design strategy to improve the user experience
Begin planning for the development of a City mobile application to enhance the community’s engagement with City services
Public Safety & Safe Transportation
Identify a location to site a new Hillsboro Police Department headquarters
Explore the future co-location of Hillsboro Fire & Rescue Department and Hillsboro Police Department facilities to strengthen the coordination and efficiency of public safety services
Strengthen relationships and grow trust between the Hillsboro Police Department and community members
Identify opportunities to increase safety for people walking and biking
2020 City Council Guiding Principles
We exemplify diversity, equity, and inclusion. Instill diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential parts of policy-making and the delivery of City services.
We are a full-opportunity, full-service City. Remain the full-opportunity, full-service City that serves all of our diverse community members in areas including, but not limited to, public safety, job creation, arts and recreation, libraries, housing supply, civic engagement, and transportation.
We are a safe community. Provide exceptional public safety services with a continuous focus on improving relationships with all community members.
We are exceptional public stewards. Continue the City’s tradition of exceptional stewardship and accountability for City assets, including maintaining appropriate fiscal reserves and funding long-term asset maintenance programs.
We are leaders in supporting local businesses. Attract and support entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes through strategic investments that grow prosperity in our community, region, and state.
We are transparent. Operate with transparency and openness.
We value accessible community engagement. Be intentional in our approach to engaging all community members in policy-making by designing accessible engagement opportunities, providing clear expectations, and removing barriers to engagement.
We balance growth by honoring our community identity. Promote Hillsboro’s unique identity as an innovative leader that blends an urban lifestyle, a world-class local economy, agricultural heritage, and a welcoming, family-friendly community.
We are prepared and resilient. Continue to plan ahead for the City’s future success by focusing on environmental, fiscal, and economic sustainability.
We value education and training. Support high-quality education, training, and workforce development in Hillsboro.