At its October 15 meeting, the Littleton City Council unanimously approved the Envision Littleton Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Master Plan. The two plans result from a community-driven process that began in March 2018. The emphasis was to go into the community and listen through small group sessions and interviews. The engagement included 261events to build awareness and encourage idea-sharing. Envision Littleton sought to renew and create partnerships that build lasting relationships to not only plan for the next 20 years but implement plans that deliver on the unifying vision adopted in December 2018.
Envision Littleton included more than 8,300 in-person conversations and over 70,000 electronic communications. Both draft plans were available for public review and comment. The Joint Leadership of city council and the planning commission reviewed public comment at a study session on October 8, and the planning commission recommended adoption on October 14.
Council also unanimously approved the 2020 budget. The Leadership Team began working on it in early summer. The staff and city council held an all-day budget workshop on September 7 with a follow-up study session on September 24.
The city began using the Priority Based Budgeting tool in 2018 and progress has been swift. Each department reviewed three of its programs to identify service levels and explore opportunities for cost recovery, partnerships, insourcing, outsourcing and efficiencies. The goal is to allocate existing resources to more closely align with city council priorities. In 2020, all programs will be rescored to determine their alignment with the Vision and the Comprehensive Plan.