City Council Goals 

The City Council sets overarching goals for the City of Arcata.

Development & Approval


The 2015 - 2016 goals were developed during open, public study sessions held March 26 and 30, 2015, and adopted after final deliberations at a noticed City Council meeting on May 20, 2015.

Printable City Council Goals


Facilities & Infrastructure


The purpose of these goals is to enhance appearance, public safety and livability of the city.
  • Improve infrastructure and facilities
  • Improve transportation and circulation systems
  • Provide service for citizen safety and comfort

Environmental Leadership


The purpose of these goals is to provide leadership in environmental progress of the city.
  • Develop non-motorized transportation routes
  • Improve water resource management
  • Increase local energy independence
  • Strive to achieve zero waste
  • Support open space and ecosystem functions

Sustainable Development


The purpose of these goals is to improve local economy through business support.
  • Improve community services for business development
  • Improve linkage between energy needs and resources
  • Support a living wage and encourage investment in workforce satisfaction

Public Service


The purpose of these goals is to improve the quality of service to the public.
  • Improve technological capabilities of the city
  • Improve the quality of communication between the city and the public

Citizen & Community Health


The purpose of these goals is to support community creative and cultural life.
  • Encourage citizen participation and community engagement
  • Provide recreation opportunities for all citizens
  • Support diverse housing opportunities
  • Support essential human services, as applicable
  • Support healthy eating and active living programs

Prepare for Future Needs


The purpose of these goals is to provide training opportunities for citizens and staff.
  • Provide leadership in developing adaptation strategies for climate change
  • Use best available science for future planning

2015-2016 Council Policy Objectives


  • Develop policies and support community organizations that provide services that improve the quality of life in Arcata and events that promote Arcata as a “livable community.”
  • Maintain benefits, labor standards, and improve workplace safety for city employees.
  • Promote an energy efficient and pedestrian friendly transportation web between neighborhoods emphasizing pedestrian, bicycle, and alternative modes of transportation.
  • Promote efficient use of energy and use of renewable energy in buildings, facilities and infrastructure in Arcata.
  • Implement the Capital Improvements Program to city infrastructure.
  • Strengthen partnerships with Humboldt State University, College of the Redwoods, local schools, civic and professional organizations.
  • Address expanding land management needs including updating Forest Management Plan and Non-Industrial Timber Management Plan.
  • Develop strategies in response to the changing needs of youth, teens, families and seniors.
  • Maximize opportunities for public participation and civic engagement.
  • Collaborate with other jurisdictions and non-profits to maximize regional effectiveness and increase funding opportunities.
  • Maintain contacts and open communication with representatives at various state and federal levels.
  • Incorporate Low Impact Development (LID) and smart growth technology, design, principles and practices in the advancement of a sustainable city.