Your input is essential to the planning process. Staff, the Steering Committee, and Action Teams will use your input to develop parts of the Oakland Plan.

Action Teams are working to identify issues, opportunities, and strategies for each of the topics on this page. These strategies include future projects, programs, partnerships, and policies that will be part of the final plan.

Draft Goals: Community

From mid-August to mid-October of 2020, the Oakland Plan online open house attracted ~2,500 visitors who made ~800 comments. Staff immediately set to work reviewing the comments and working with the Steering Committee to develop an initial set of goals. The Steering Committee reviewed the goals at their meetings in November and December 2020 and staff incorporated their changes to create the draft goals below.

These goals relate to the topics of the Community Action Team and chapter of the future plan. You can also review draft goals for the Development, Mobility, and Infrastructure topics.

What is a Goal Statement?

What is a Goal Statement?

  • Long-term outcomes organizations will achieve by implementing the plan's projects and programs.
  • Aspirational in nature and express the neighborhood's collective desires and values for each topic of the plan.
  • Goals are drafted with the Steering Committee. Discussions in Action Teams will likely influence the final goal statements.
  • In terms of numbers, in a plan, there is one vision statement, a few goals for each topic, and many policies, projects, programs, and partnerships.

Parts of a Plan

Parts of a Plan

Plans have one vision statement, multiple goals per topic area, and many policies, projects, programs, and partnerships. Only the vision statement, goals, and policies are formally adopted by the Planning Commission. The projects, programs, and partnerships are reviewed but not adopted to allow for more flexibility.

How Goals and Policies Differ

Where Goals and Policies Differ

  • Where goals can have many elements that relate to a central theme, policies should have one clear focus.
  • Policies set a preferred direction and describe what must be done to achieve the goals.
  • They are specific enough that future projects can be assessed to determine if they would advance the values in the plan or run counter to them.
  • Goals are drafted by the Steering Committee. Policies are drafted by the Action Teams.