In 2019, the City of Stanwood partnered with Washington State University to gather community feedback on their opinions regarding various city services, how they can be improved and what level of services the community desires. From the responses received, a variety of community priorities emerged which include:
Protecting the environment
Promoting public safety
Improving existing parks and amenities
Promoting economic growth
More development towards the river
Enhancing public engagement efforts
Using top ranked opportunities for improvement and priorities that the community survey identified, the Stanwood City Council desires to:
Support a Sustainable Local Economy
o Focus economic development efforts on continually building a sustainable local economy by supporting existing businesses, recruiting new business and promote our tourism industry.
Enhance Parks and Recreation
o Improve our existing parks and trails, especially along the waterfront and develop recreational opportunities for the community and visitors.
Build Safe Streets
o Develop multi-modal, safe and aesthetically pleasing city streets and support our WSDOT partnership to improve SR532 intersections.
Improve Public Engagement Opportunity
o Continually enhance connectivity and public engagement tools for residents, business and visitors through diverse communication channels that include alternative meeting formats.
The 2021-2022 Biennial Budget endeavors to support, through funding, the achievement of community priorities and goals. Throughout the budget document, we highlight how various budget allocations work to achieve these goals and community priorities along with the routine and on-going delivery of services that all city departments provide. Pro