2016-2017 City Council Goals and Objectives

FY 2016-2017 City Council Goals & Objectives

1.   Develop and implement responsible fiscal policy that ensures long-term financial sustainability.

  • 1.1    Secure additional long-term General Fund revenues by enhancing and diversifying the City's sales tax base.
  • 1.2 Develop and consider options to increase the City's Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT or "hotel room tax") rate.
  • 1.3 Prepare  a long-term fiscal sustainability report with strategies to meet future community needs and associated maintenance, renovation, and improvement costs.
  • 1.4 Conduct a City-wide User Fee Study to determine full cost recovery levels of all City services.
  • 1.5 Identify subsidized programs and consider policy options to eliminate or reduce subsidies.
  • 1.6 Prepare a use analysis for the Diamond Bar Center to determine historical trends and identify revenue­ generating opportunities, including actively marketing the facility to the business community for weekday conference use.
  • 1.7 Return maintenance responsibilities to the five homeowner's associations in Lighting & Landscape
    Assessment District (LLAD) #41.

2.   Pursue transportation infrastructure improvements that mitigate traffic congestion in Diamond Bar.

  • 2.1 In cooperation with the City's project partners, complete_the 57/60 Confluence Project.
  • 2.1.1  Complete construction of the westbound SR-60 on-ramp from Grand Avenue (Phase One).
  • 2.1.2 Commence construction of the westbound SR-60 off-ramp and auxiliary lane to Grand Avenue
    (Phase Two).
  • 2.1.3 Complete design of loca l improvements at Grand/Golden Springs and Diamond Bar Golf Course frontage and prepare for construction (Phase Three).
  • 2.1.4 Secure Construction funding for the 57/60 freeway mainline improvements, bypass connectors, and
    Grand Avenue bridge widening project (Phase Four).
  • 2.2 In cooperation with the City's project partners, secure funding and complete the 57/60 "big fix" project, which includes missing connectors and carpool lanes.
  • 2.1.1  Complete a feasibility study to determine the preferred and most effective options.
  • 2.1.2 Continue federal advocacy efforts necessary to secure funding.
  • 2.3 In cooperation with the City's project partners, complete the Lemon Avenue on/off ramp project.
  • 2.3.1  Commence construction P1 Qtr. FY 2016-17.
  • 2.4 Advocate for transportation  solutions that are equitable in distribution of goods movement traffic and maintain opposition to SCAG's proposed east/west freight corridor in the San Jose Creek Wash.
  • 2.5 Optimize traffic flow on the City's arterial streets (Grand Ave.,Diamond Bar Blvd., and Golden Springs Dr.).
  • 2.5.1  Implement the adaptive traffic control system.

3.   Implement a long-term economic development policy strategy that attracts and retains quality small businesses and national/regional  credit tenants.

  • 3.1 In cooperation with the property owners, redevelop the K-mart site to include new retail and restaurant
  • 3.2 Pursue a well-qualified  developer and begin construction on a hotel project at the former Honda property and/or Brea Canyon Road trailer/storage site.
  • 3.3 In cooperation with the Regional Chamber of Commerce- San Gabriel Valley, establish an annual Diamond
    Bar Restaurant Week to promote local businesses.
  • 3.4 Launch the Dining Diamond Bar media campaign to promote local restaurant options.
  • 3.5 Continue the Mayor's monthly meetings with local business leaders.

4.   Maintain a safe, sustainable and healthy community.

  • 4.1Create a community vision statement and strategic plan to guide future goals and objectives.
  • 4.2 Complete a comprehensive update to the City's General Plan.
  • 4.2.1  Approve a contract with the consulting firm.
  • 4.2.2  Form General Plan Advisory Committee and associated subcommittees.
  • 4.2.3 Begin the public engagement process.
  • 4.3 Encourage participation in Neighborhood/Business Watch groups and enhance communication to groups already in place.
  • 4.4 Maintain and enhance the City's emergency response readiness/preparedness through staff training/exercises/simulations, policy development and public education.
  • 4.5 Begin waste hauler franchise review and negotiation process.
  • 4.6 Update the City's ADA self-evaluation and transition plan.
  • 4.7 Secure funding partners/Sponsors to fund a "quiet zone" on the Metrolink train line at Lemon Avenue near Walnut Elementary.

5.   Provide an open, efficient and responsive local government.

  • 5.1 Launch a redesigned City website that includes the latest technologies, streamlines the user experience, enhances public engagement, communication and reporting opportunities, and expands access to public information and documents.
  • 5.2 Complete and launch a comprehensive update to the City's smartphone application.
  • 5.3 Upon launch of the new website and smartphone application, conduct a marketing campaign to promote the new website and application as the primary sources of City information and news.
  • 5.4 Make a live stream of the DBtv Government Access Channel available on the City's website.
  • 5.5 Continue efforts to image and catalogue public records across departments.
  • 5.6 Expand online permit and business license application portals.
  • 5.7  Develop an updated e-government plan.

6.   Provide and maintain high quality public facilities, infrastructure, and equipment.

  • 6.1 Develop and consider options for a property-based assessment to fund parks and recreation and athletic field capital improvement projects.
  • 6.2 Complete annual fiscal year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects on time and within budgets.
  • 6.3 Develop plans to incorporate the streetscape features of the Grand Avenue Beautification project at other arterial intersections and City entry points.
  • 6.4 Complete a parks and facilities infrastructure  inventory and maintenance schedule.
  • 6.5  Review all current landscape maintenance contracts and update associated scope of work as necessary to meet current needs and standards.
  • 6.6 Develop a fleet management and replacement plan.

7.   Provide high-quality community and recreation programs and services that meet the needs of the diverse Diamond Bar community.

8.   Develop and maintain a professional and effective workforce to serve the public.

  • 8.1Conduct succession planning efforts to prepare for a transitioning workforce.
  • 8.2 Implement a new employee performance management system, including a revised evaluation process, form and training.
  • 8.3 Expand employee training and leadership opportunities that result in improved customer service.