Priority Projects

Number

City Manager’s Office

Priority

01.

Work with City departments to review and evaluate energy efficiency, effectiveness and comfort of City Hall workspaces and restrooms, and research possible funding sources for energy efficiency measures.

High

02.

Create a technology communication strategy including policy and outreach plan; have an active social media presence (Twitter, Facebook, Nextdoor); and utilize additional online tools to encourage civic engagement.

High

03.

Work with County and regional partners to assess community level infrastructure (i.e. broadband) to support the current and future technology needs of businesses and industry given the trend towards high tech development.

High

04.

Develop a comprehensive review of the City’s partnership with Humboldt State University that highlights all of the successful partnering activities and identifies additional opportunities for collaboration: A)Consider identifying annual data collection points, working with Humboldt State University, that allows the tracking of changes and needs in the neighborhoods; B) Explore shared dispatch services; C) Explore future housing needs with expanding enrollment; D) Review long term technology infrastructure support for the University and community.

High

05.

Work with City Departments to prepare submittals for applications to the League of California Cities Helen Putnam Award and other various City awards, including the Institute for Local Government (ILG) Beacon Award program and the Walkable City Status Award.

Medium

06.

Continue to develop methods for marketing and communicating our accomplishments in achieving sustainable excellence in government with community and business partners.

Ongoing


Number

Community Development

Priority

07.

Complete the process of updating the Local Coastal Program (LCP).

High

08.

Coordinate development of city-wide adaptation strategy for climate change and local climate preparedness to include sea level rise, extreme weather conditions and tsunami readiness. The plan should consider both short and long term strategies to address land use, City operations / facilities and community level education and response.

High

09.

Continue to streamline procedures for permits: A) Ensure timely services to applicants while providing opportunities for meaningful public participation in the decision-making process; B) Develop a streamlining program for select priority blighted properties; C) Improve historic preservation education and incentive programs; and Committee/Commission structure; and D) Provide opportunities to address land use codes / zoning that inhibit innovative development; E) develop online over the counter permit capabilities and an online permit tracking system.

High

10.

Draft a strategy for former redevelopment properties. Improve technological capabilities to improve customer service in Planning and Building Divisions.

High

11.

Develop a strategy to respond to the potential impacts and opportunities of medical marijuana currently, and recreational marijuana if it becomes legal in California.

High

12.

Continue work toward targeted annexations and selected rezoning. Prioritize the coastal zone properties.

High

13.

Provide education and training for City staff, commissioners, committee members, and developers in green building standards by working with regional partners to develop trainings on smart growth, complete streets, transit-oriented design and low-impact development.

Medium

14.

Continue to implement and develop amendments to the Housing Element’s affordability strategies, including incentives; identification of potential sites; allowing non conventional housing types (Opportunity Village); and reduction of barriers.

Medium

15.

Continue collaborative efforts between the City and the Arcata Playhouse / Playhouse Arts to develop the “Creamery District”.

Medium

16.

Continue to have the Economic Development Committee work for business retention, diversification, growth and attraction, and focus on new Business Parks.

Ongoing

17.

Develop technical assistance and funding mechanisms to support economic development.

Ongoing

18.

Work with community partners, including County of Humboldt, to address needs for retaining, recruiting and expanding medical facilities and healthcare providers in the community by participating in ongoing project activities.

Ongoing

Number

Finance

Priority

19.

Explore formation of an Enhanced Infrastructure Finance District as allowed through SB 628 to assist with development post the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agency.

Medium

20.

Develop a plan and options to fund a participatory budget process.

Medium

21.

Identify the opportunities and risks for local revenues associated with the emerging “sharing economy” (i.e. Airbnb, vacation rentals, car/bike sharing); a) Look at existing land use restrictions for taxis, etc.

Medium

22.

Evaluate the City's financial assets, identify opportunities for the City to generate new revenue streams, develop other budgetary and fiscal strategies, and identify opportunities for cost savings.

Ongoing

Number

Engineering

Priority

23.

Continue to develop and prepare an annual report for the City Council on the use, expenditures, and needs of the transportation mode share within City rights-of-way.

Medium

24.

Continue to address priority list of bus shelter upgrades/ installation of bus stop improvements, including covered shelters and bike racks at bus stops. Coordinate and cooperate with Humboldt Transit Authority on joint bus stops.

Medium

Number

Environmental Services - Community Services

Priority

25.

A) Finalize Community Choice Aggregation B) Develop a Carbon Emission Free Arcata plan for all sectors (carbon free by 2030) in conjunction with Statewide emissions goals.

High

26.

Create a Zero Waste Action Plan that includes specific benchmarks for reduction goals (i.e.75% diversion by 2020) and outlines both a strategy and action steps (policies, programs and technologies) to achieve zero waste. A) Continue to partner with Zero Waste Humboldt/SCRAP to support ongoing and new diversion efforts for food waste, e-waste, construction and demolition waste and other hard-to-recycle items currently going to and/or banned from the landfill.

High

27.

A) Coordination at the regional level of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP), including developing regional or local public/private partnerships for funding bike sharing; B) Identify potential sites for a “bike park”.

High

28.

Continue to pursue funding for energy upgrades to City Hall, the Arcata Community Center, D Street Neighborhood Center, Public Works Department Annex, Intermodal Transit Facility, Marsh Interpretive Center and the Arcata Library to be energy-use neutral, and evaluate the Arcata Library as a potential demonstration site.

Medium

29.

A) Continue researching open space funding mechanisms and options to generate revenue; B) Develop a management plan for City open spaces, natural resources and agricultural properties.

Medium

30.

Draft the Parks and Recreation Element and incorporate into the General Plan.

Medium

31.

Coordinate with City Departments to review options in implementing the Redwood Park Master Plan.

Medium

32.

Secure site control for a dog park and/or leash free area(s).

Medium

33.

A) Continue to implement the Valley West Neighborhood Streetscape and Pedestrian Trail Improvement Plan; B) Design trail along and to the Mad river through Caltrans property; C) Continue work towards transferring Caltrans property access for future recreational development. D) Explore an Environmental Enhancement Mitigation Program (EEMP) grant to assist in trail development.

Medium

34.

Work with interested community members and consultants including the Humboldt Crabs and Arcata Ball Park users to develop an economic plan to support additional revitalization of the park including new bleachers, façade improvements, field protective measures, and ADA improvements to allow additional year round events.

Medium

35.

Work with Humboldt State University, the City's Forest Management Committee and others to determine the feasibility of developing a Sister Forest Project.

Low

36.

Continue to develop and work with partners on the Youth Master Plan with long term goal of obtaining matching funding for programs.

Low

37.

A) Continue to develop a comprehensive watershed strategy for Janes Creek and a Drainage Master Plan for West End Road area, including Aldergrove; B) Secure access easements and obtain permits for work.

Ongoing

38.

A)Coordinate with Redwood Coast Energy Authority to promote solar and energy-efficiency programs, financing, public outreach, electric vehicle infrastructure, PACE program, and Community Choice Aggregation; B)Identify community demonstration projects that highlight successful retrofit examples for others to follow; C)Research potential of requiring HERS score as part of the PACE program; D)Explore the feasibility of developing an Ordinance for a time of sale property audit and energy retrofit requirement.

Ongoing

39.

Explore opportunities to work with willing landowners to acquire property or secure easements around the community forests and other open space lands.

Ongoing

40.

Develop and implement a Recreational Trail Plan throughout the City with links to the Humboldt County regional trails system which includes: A) Supporting the Eureka/Arcata Bay Trail, California Coastal Trail, and Annie and Mary Trail; B) Maintaining the Railroad Right-of-Way with North Coast Railroad Authority throughout the City; C) Coordinate Coastal Trail signage through Arcata, from Bracut to Hammond Bridge.

Ongoing

41.

Identify and address recreational priorities for individuals in our community with special needs and our senior community.

Ongoing

42.

Continue maintaining expanded recreation programs designed by and for youth/teens, including summertime activities; B) Identify new partnerships for additional offerings for all ages; C) Work to increase access to technology opportunities for youth and seniors in Recreation.

Ongoing

43.

Support opportunities for green business development existing and new businesses which include waste prevention, reuse, and recycling; and increase community education and outreach. Examples include food waste diversion/collection programs.

Ongoing

Number

Environmental Services - Utilities and Streets

Priority

44.

Explore options and identify properties for both temporary and permanent relocation of City equipment and facilities outside the tsunami inundation zone.

Medium

45.

Increase water storage capacity for emergency preparedness, drought management strategies and energy savings, and implement water distribution and storage system improvements as funding is available.

Ongoing

46.

Develop implementation schedule to construct improvements to the wastewater collection system and treatment to meet the City's new NPDES permit and ensure system's stability.

Ongoing

47.

Implement a major Pavement Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, and Maintenance Program focused on prevention and maintenance.

Ongoing

Number

Police

Priority

48.

A) Coordinate city-wide emergency management training and disaster preparedness; B) Continue emergency management NIMS/SEMS training for City staff; C) Work with regional partners to provide public education and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.

High

49.

Continue to coordinate and implement the graffiti/sticker reduction response plan.

Ongoing

50.

Increase technological capabilities of the Police Department.

Ongoing

51.

Support a Crime Prevention Program that includes Neighborhood and Business Watch Programs with website links for community access to information.

Ongoing

52.

Continue to make pedestrian, bicycle, skateboard and vehicle safety and enforcement a Department priority; B) Promote bicycle registration at Bicycle Rodeo.

Ongoing

53.

In coordination with City committees, departments, and the community, continue to evaluate the expansion and efficacy of current parking policies; B) Consider paid parking options for City parking lots.

Ongoing