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Novato City Council Removes Transparency Title from Strategy Plan

The City of Novato and the City Council removes "accountable and transparent community-based planning" from key document.

The Novato City Council and the city manager have decided to remove "acheive accountable and transparent community-based planning" as Goal No. 1 title that is in the city's strategic plan.

I requested this language be reinstated at the city council meeting Tuesday night and at the workshop on the new strategic plan after the meeting, but they refused to reinstate the language in the new draft. The council and the hired consultants, one of whom worked in San Rafael and supports high-density affordable housing, will be working on a new general plan and housing element.

If you want the council to complete this work in an accountable and transparent community-based planning, I need your help. Please contact the council at novatocouncil@novato.org and tell them you want the Strategic Plan Goal No. 1 title to remain, as it is currently, "achieve accountable and transparent community-based planning."

Below is the current and proposed strategic plan Goal 1's heading for your reference.

Current Strategic Plan Goal # 1 title

1. Achieve Accountable and Transparent Community-Based Planning

Proposed new Strategic plan Goal # 1 title

1. General Plan and Environmental Stewardship

I will be reviewing in detail the rest of the strategic plan to provide comments and op-eds and will do the same as well on the general plan to allow a citizen's view of the workings of the Novato City Council and city manager.

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Lloyd September 17, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I hope our fears strongly expressed to the council and Mr. Frank are not coming back to haunt us. "I told you so" will not be sufficient in this regard.
Al Dugan September 17, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Lloyd, you are absolutely correct. We are at a tipping point, with the hiring of the consultants to do the Strategic, General, Housing Plan and the changes to zoning in the works. Thank you for writing you letter. We will have a group of people at the planning commission to mointor tonight.
Al Dugan September 17, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I sent this today to the Novato City Council: This is a formal request to find out the following regarding the proposed draft change for the Title of Goal 1 of the Strategic Plan:   1. The current strategic plan has as Goal #1 which is "Achieve Accountable and Transparent Community-Based Planning" as the title.  Please explain who recommended to remove this wording and when this occurred.   2. Please provide an explanation on exactly why this wording is being removed.  This is current wording and there should be a documented reason for removing what I believe to be a critically important defining statement of how the process describe below it will be conducted.    3. Please identify the principal author of the Strategic Plan draft.   4.  Please identify all of the people who have worked on and/or made changes to the Strategic Plan draft.   In a previous email I have outlined best practices for the drafting of documents so they can be easily picked up and review by the average citizen.  I will await your response on that separate email.   Thank you, Al Dugan
Al Dugan September 18, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Bob, I can't tell you how happy I am that you are on the Measure F committee. You would make an excellent addition to the city council that certainly needs financial expertise.
Al Dugan September 20, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Given the City of Novato has hired a PR person to work with transparency and community engagement. Thought this would be a god time to post this up one more time.

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