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Strategic Plan

Westminster City Council uses a strategic planning process to help achieve its long-range vision of a city that is rich in complexity, a community that is desirable as a place of residence or business.

Each year City Council reviews its vision for the future through a Strategic Plan to achieve that vision. The plan defines the city's vision, mission, core values, and goals. Each goal is further defined and specific initiatives are identified as priorities for City Council that help achieve the associated goal.

The Strategic Plan was developed to reinforce long-term planning for both operating (day-to-day operations and services) and capital (long-term investment projects such as road construction, water distribution and sewer maintenance) programs. City Council enlists staff's assistance, via the city department heads, in developing the Strategic Plan. This team approach is critical to success, as it allows staff to better understand City Council's goals and vision for the city. In turn, staff can more successfully plan city projects and budgets to achieve the shared vision.

Twice a year, staff provides City Council and residents a status update on work done toward the Strategic Plan goals, objectives and actions.

View the most recent status update of the Strategic Plan.

For more information on the Strategic Plan, contact the City Manager's Office at 303-658-2004.

  • Strategic Plan (adopted May 2021, vision statement adopted Sept. 2020)

Vision: We are a thriving community of safe neighborhoods and beautiful open space that is sustainable and inclusive.

Mission:  Our job is to deliver exceptional value and quality of life through S-P-I-R-I-T (Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation, Teamwork)

Guiding Principles:

  • Collaboration, Partnership and Unity
  • Stewardship and Sustainability (fiscal, social, environmental – triple bottom line)
  • Transparency
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity for all
  • Innovation
  • Cause-driven holistic solutions

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Foster and maintain a beautiful, desirable, safe, and environmentally responsible City.

  • Continue to expand outreach to connect better with the community
  • Preserve, expand and enhance trails and open spaces and provide geographic equity and connectivity to neighborhoods throughout the city.
  • Advance innovative parks and recreation opportunities with emphasis on geographic equity
  • Work to bring resilience and triple bottom line practices to code, programs, capital infrastructure, and governmental functions

Shaking hand iconCultivate a thriving, inclusive, and engaged community through access to opportunity and a resilient and diverse economy.

  • Work with local and regional partners to create a workforce development strategy for Westminster
  • Develop and lead placemaking strategies that expand cultural connections, opportunities and improve access to the arts
  • Continue to implement the strategies for Westminster’s key economic areas
  • Support neighborhoods in Westminster and help them work together, as neighbors, to grow the sense of place and community in their neighborhoods.   
  • Promote and provide opportunities for community education and civic engagement

Westminster tower iconProvide visionary, effective, and collaborative government.

  • Develop within the City Manager’s Office an annual program of specific department business process improvement reviews
  • Expand governmental and non-governmental collaborative partnerships and tap into existing collective resources wherever possible to meet community needs and goals
  • Address homelessness, mental health needs, and environmental concerns at their source and with needed immediate interventions through partnership efforts
  • Develop an economic development strategy that contributes to City vision attainment and is executed through collaborative work between the City of Westminster, the business community, residents and other partners of Westminster 
  • Promote the organizational culture of Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation and Teamwork (SPIRIT)

Sustainability iconAdvance the City’s long-term sustainability to provide ongoing excellence in City services and a well-planned community that meets the needs of residents now and in the future.

  • Identify and implement innovative approaches to diversify the city’s revenues      

  • Build and maintain infrastructure prioritizing resilience, resource efficiency and stewardship of the City’s investments

  • Enhance access to opportunity through improved connections and multi-modal mobility solutions and alternatives      

  • Develop a mix of housing and retail to meet the diverse needs of the entire community