Strategic Plan

With 2024 One-Year Tasks

Goal Area One – Sustainable Infrastructure

Key Objectives
• Identify and establish sustainable financial model(s) for major capital projects, Old Village business district, 35th District Court, recreation department, and public safety
• Incorporate eco-friendly, sustainable practices into city assets, services, and policies, including more
environmentally friendly surfaces, reduced impervious surfaces, expanded recycling and composting services, prioritizing native and pollinator-friendly plants, encouraging rain gardens, and growing a mature tree canopy
• Partner with or become members of additional environmentally aware organizations
• Increase technology infrastructure into city assets, services, and policies
• Continue sustainable infrastructure improvement for utilities, facilities, and fleet
• Address changing vehicular habits, including paid parking system /parking deck replacement plan, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and one-way street options

2024 One-Year Tasks

  1. Determine direction for Old Village Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District
  2. Create asset management plan for city facilities
  3. Seek additional, supplemental government funding
  4. Explore and identify community legacy funding opportunities
  5. Plan and strategize for potential recreational millage proposal
  6. Implement 2024 construction projects and plan for 2025 projects
  7. Prepare & complete bond sale for road infrastructure projects
  8. Receive International City/County Management Association (ICMA) fire study and implement suggestions as warranted
  9. Pursue electrical upgrade in Old Village for special event purposes
  10. Complete parking deck engineering review
  11. Continue Michigan Green Communities Challenge (MGCC) – maintain bronze level and seek opportunities for advancement to silver
  12. Target citywide bike rack installation in high-traffic areas
  13. Review opportunities for additional parking spaces
  14. Install EV chargers at Plymouth Cultural Center (PCC)
  15. Monitor utilization of current EV chargers
  16. Plan/budget for mausoleum repair project at Riverside Cemetery
  17. Complete water meter upgrade program


Goal Area Two – Staff Development, Training, and Succession

Key Objectives
• Create policies and programs that support staff recruitment/retention, including a coordinated recruitment program, flexible scheduling, and an internship program
• Increase staff levels to appropriately support city services and departments
• Provide staff/board/volunteer trainings and programming with a focus on improving understanding on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and emphasizing working with and serving diverse communities

2024 One-Year Tasks

  1. Continue staff development and succession planning
  2. Maintain staffing levels
  3. Update five-year staffing projections
  4. Continue diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training opportunities
  5. Review opportunities for supplemental staffing – interns/volunteers

Goal Area Three – Community Connectivity

Key Objectives
• Engage in partnerships with public, private and non-profit entities
• Increase residential/business education programs for active citizen engagement
• Actively participate with multi-governmental lobbies (Michigan Municipal League, Conference of Western Wayne, etc.)

2024 One-Year Tasks

  1. Host Coffee with Commissioners
  2. Continue police community outreach programs - including Coffee with a Cop
  3. Provide for two Citizens Academy programs
  4. Develop communication/marketing/branding plan
  5. Increase social media engagement
  6. Implement new Short Message/Messaging Service (SMS) and email system
  7. Schedule a minimum of four Committee of the Whole (COW) meetings
  8. Review and adopt citywide public participation plan
  9. City Commission to initiate Know Your Neighbor style programs
  10. Craft a standardized onboarding program for appointed boards and commissions

Goal Area Four – Attractive, Livable Community

Key Objectives
• Create vibrant commercial districts by seeking appropriate mixed-use development, marketing transitional properties, and         implementing Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) practices
• Improve existing and pursue additional recreational and public green space opportunities and facilities for all ages
• Develop multi-modal transportation plan which prioritizes pedestrian and biker safety
• Improve link between Hines Park, Old Village, Downtown Plymouth, Plymouth Township, and other regional destinations
• Maintain safe, well-lit neighborhoods with diverse housing stock that maximize resident livability and satisfaction.
• Modernize and update zoning ordinance to reflect community vision
• Implement Kellogg Park master plan

2024 One-Year Tasks

  1. Continue pursuit of RRC “Certified” status, from current “Essentials” status
  2. Adopt the master plan
  3. Complete legal review of noise ordinance and increase public education
  4. Continue implementation of Kellogg Park and Downtown Development Authority (DDA) master plan(s)
  5. Begin development of a DDA streetscape improvement plan
  6. Review opportunities for additional parks and facilities
  7. Consider feasibility of social district(s) in Old Village
  8. Develop partnership plan for multi-modal access to Hines Dr.
  9. Review and update special event policy
  10. Complete legal review of potential marihuana ordinance(s)
  11. Complete generator ordinance
  12. Continue process of upgrading Tonquish Creek Nature Walk