FY 2018 - 2019 Goals & Objectives
Lancaster is a thriving and diverse community where we value our historical assets and natural beauty. Residents and stakeholders are engaged and take pride in this City. Lancaster is the Shining Star of Texas with opportunities to live, learn, work and play.
Lancaster City government is financially sustainable and provides efficient customer-friendly services. Our citizens have trust and confidence in city government and leaders.
Financially Sound Government
The City has a long-range financial plan and prudent fiscal policies and processes. Appropriate reserve levels and a competitive tax rate ensure that the City has funds available to address the needs of the community and responsibly manage its debt.
Healthy, Safe, & Engaged Community
Lancaster is a place where we embrace public safety and compassionate enforcement in our neighborhoods to sustain vibrant residential and business communities. The community celebrates unity and participates in citywide events, recreational and cultural activities. Residents have opportunities for involvement in civic life through boards and commissions, youth and parent volunteer opportunities in recreation, sports teams, City elections, and Civic Academies, Schools and Citywide celebrations.
►Ensure update of Parks and Open Space Master Plan encourages family-friendly parks with restrooms
►Develop an expanded Community Health Initiative
►Expand the Business Retention and Expansion Program (BREP)
►Revise Boards and Commissions Criteria to ensure engagement quarterly
►Establish a program for short-term rentals
►Enhance communication with faith-based community
►Senior Cares Initiative
►Review and consider outreach for animal shelter
Professional & Committed City Workforce
Lancaster City Government is an employer of choice with competitive pay that attracts an engaged, responsive, customer-oriented, innovative, and effective workforce. Some employees live in the City and all have a sense of ownership for the community. City employees feel needed and appreciated by elected officials, residents, and businesses. Employees are respectful and appreciative of their customers and the City's governing body. The City's Executive Staff is engaged with residents and attends community events, upholds strong customer service, and uses technology to aid them in working smarter.
►Review Specialty Incentive Pay Program
►Evaluate compensation to address compression
►Continue Lancaster University
►Continue City Council annual Strategic Planning and Team Building Exercises
The City has preventative maintenance programs to ensure well-maintained infrastructure, including streets, water, stormwater, wastewater and other assets.
►Implementation of a Street Maintenance Fund
►Continue Infrastructure Implementation Project - Pleasant Run Road Phases 1, 2, 3 & 4
►Implementation of Water/Waste Water Master Plan for new and upgrade projects
►Complete Airport terminal construction
►Work with the Best Southwest Partnership to implement public transportation options
►Conduct a Loop 9 Corridor Study
►Update Pavement Management Plan and implement
►Complete a Flood Plain Reclamation Study for Country View Golf Course
The City encourages high quality, diverse housing, commercial and retail development and public facilities. Policies encourage sustainable building practices, conservation and the use of alternative energy sources.
►Continue Design and Development of New City Hall - Downtown TIF
►Continue Economic Development Strategic Plan - Incentive Policy Update; Retail Recruitment Strategy
►Establish and implement revitalization incentives for existing commercial and retail centers
►Ensure Development Codes and Comprehensive Plan encourages the development of Estate Style and/or Gated Communities
►Adopt Xeriscape amendments to the Lancaster Development Code (LDC), Code of Ordinances and/or applicable development regulations
►Implement the Comprehensive Plan Update
►Review and update the following plans: Campus District, Historic District, Downtown District, LanPort District, Medical District, Mills Branch Overlay District, Master Thoroughfare Plan, Hike & Bike Trail, Stormwater Master Plan, Water & Wastewater Master Plan, Streetscape Master Plan, IH-35 Corridor
►Implementation of Tax Increment Finance District (TIF's) for Key Growth Areas
►Create “High-End Friendly” Development Codes:
►Consider New Low Density Zoning Category (SF 2, 3)
►Review the 20% “Empty Nester” and square footage minimums for residential development
►Market to High-end Developers
►Conduct a Hotel Feasibility Study and recruit a new Hotel
►Implement Land Bank Policy