OGDEN — The Ogden City Council wants to hear from residents before they ponder the city’s future.
The council has started a new community-based strategic planning initiative — directed by residents through the all-volunteer Strategic Planning Advisory Committee. The group has developed a survey that seeks input on the future of Ogden. Responses to the survey will be collected throughout the following few weeks and data will be reviewed by the committee and integrated into a five-year strategic plan for Ogden
The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/OgdenStrategicPlan and is open to anyone who lives, works, or regularly visits Ogden.
“To boil it down, we’re basically asking what do you like about Ogden and what don’t you like,” council member Marcia White said. “Where should the focus be? Is it public safety? Is it keeping open spaces open? We want to know what people want to see in Ogden.”
White said the five-year strategic plan was driven by frustration with how the city’s normal budgeting process takes place.
“You have an estimated pot of money, and then you budget around that,” White said. “But for certain things, that’s frustrating because it seems like not much changes year after year. We’re still in the mentality of year after year, but I think we can look longer term, five years down the road.”
As of April 11, about 850 people had responded to the council survey. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ogden’s population is just under 90,000 and many more thousands work in and visit the city regularly. White said she’s like to see more participation in the survey.
“This is your chance to tell us what you want,” she said. “We need to hear from people.”
White said the survey will likely remain open until sometime in the middle of May, right around the time the city starts its annual budgeting process.
“We hope we can get some initial feedback for this year’s budget,” White said.