The following summarizes the steps leading up to the 2011-2012 strategic planning process.
June 2, 2009 — the Edmonds City Council passed Ordinance 3735, which amended the Edmonds City Code, Title 10, adding a new Chapter 10.75 Citizens Economic Development Commission.
December, 2009 — The Edmonds City Council adopted the first Community Sustainability Element as part of the Comprehensive Plan. A key to implementing sustainability was identified as making a "tie between long-range comprehensive planning, mid-range strategic planning, and short-term implementation decisions embodied in budgeting and operations."
January 19, 2010 — A Combined Economic Development Commission and Planning Board 2009 Annual Report was submitted to the City Council and presentations were given by the Edmonds Economic Development Commission and Planning Board Chairs during the City Council meeting. The combined report contained six recommended higher priority initial proposals as part of a multi-faceted approach to economic development; as no single proposed strategy, policy, or program can assure success for the community or fix its problems. One of the proposals was for the “City Council to commit to developing a strategic plan, then reviewing/updating every year, ideally corresponding to the City Council’s annual retreat; this includes setting goals and continually assessing progress metrics.”
March 16, 2010 — The Edmonds City Council approved Resolution 1224, which expressed support for the Edmonds Economic Development Commission (EDC) and Planning Board to move forward with their six higher priority recommendations. One of the proposals was for the “City Council to commit to developing a strategic plan, then reviewing/updating every year, ideally corresponding to the City Council’s annual retreat; this includes setting goals and continually assessing progress metrics” and to “develop a community vision that addresses a balance between quality of life and growth objectives while furthering Edmonds’ “green” initiatives”.
December 21, 2010 — The Edmonds City Council voted to approve funding to pay for a strategic planning process and plan as part of the 2011 budget.
April 5, 2011 — The Edmonds City Council voted to authorize City staff to advertise/issue Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Strategic Plan.
April 20, 2011 — Request for Proposals issued.
June 21, 2011 — A Strategic Planning Review/Interview Committee consisting of two City Council members, two Planning Board members, two Economic Development Commission members and five City staff submitted the top two consulting teams for review by the City Council. The Edmonds City Council voted to enter into a contract with Beckwith Consulting Group to prepare a strategic plan.
July 12, 2011 — The City Council Finance Committee voted to forward a recommendation to the full City Council supporting authorizing the Mayor to sign the Professional Services Agreement and to place the draft agreement on the July 19, 2011 City Council Agenda as an action item.
July 19, 2011 — The City Council authorized the Mayor to sign a Professional Services Agreement with Beckwith Consulting Group for Strategic Planning and Visioning Consulting Services.
Budget - Scope - Process Introduction
The document "Strategic Planning and Visioning Process – Professional Services Agreement" contains Exhibit A, Statement of Services and Scope of Work, which describes tasks and deliverables related to completing the process and plan. This document also contains a timeframe for the overall process.
The overall process is described by the following graphic (click on the graphic to enlarge):
Retreat #1 (Task #1) September 14, 2011 – Strategic Planning and Visioning Kickoff – City Council, Planning Board and Economic Development Commission