ANTIOCH -- This city has put together a business plan based on residential input -- and now its 106,500 stakeholders can check whether they like what they see.
Antioch's draft Strategic Management Plan identifies short-term objectives and long-term goals to address pressing issues, including crime reduction, illegal dumping and economic development. It also analyzes the city's strengths and weaknesses.
The City Council is hosting a workshop Tuesday before its regularly scheduled meeting to review and discuss the draft plan.
The plan incorporates citizen input from five so-called Community Cafe meetings held earlier this year, along with city staff input, Administrative Services Director Michelle Fitzer said.
"A lot of people at those meetings were asking what comes from the information. This kind of closes that loop," she said. "We want to hear people say either 'I love it' or 'I'd like this done differently.'"
The 30-page plan points out that Antioch has a strong sense of community, affordable real estate, is working with the Chamber of Commerce to create a business-friendly climate and is in a prime location because of its proximity to the San Joaquin River, expanding roads and transit and major employment centers.
However, it points out the city is understaffed, is operating with a structural deficit, has a tarnished reputation in recent years because of increases in crime and blight, and needs to improve its communication with the community.
The intent is to provide a guide for the council when establishing policy and fiscal priorities, with the ultimate objective of improving quality of life for residents, Fitzer said.
"It will help staff because we will all be on the same page and have an overall direction," she said.
All told, Antioch spent just over $30,000 on the strategic plan, including $12,000 for governance training in April 2013. Its total contract with Mountaintop Insight Consulting to facilitate the strategic planning process was for $47,000, but city staff took over creating the document, Fitzer said.
Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.
What: Workshop on Antioch's draft Strategic Management Plan
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday
Where: City Council chamber, 200*St.
More information: Call 925-779-7000. The plan is available on the city website, www.ci.antioch.ca.us, under "City News and Announcements."