City Goals and Priorities

Sharing our Vision for Petaluma

Over the last few years, the City of Petaluma has made a concerted effort to better involve the community in its decision-making process. In 2019, we held our first Goal-Setting Workshop, inviting everyone in Petaluma to join us at the Lucchesi Community Center to help us chart the way ahead. 

From that workshop, 256 goals were identified from across our community. These goals were intended to drive the work of the City Council in enacting legislation and creating a vision for the future of our community.

256 goals, however, is a lot for our Council and City to achieve in any given year. In 2019, we whittled that list down to 190, with the intention of revisiting these ideas frequently as the Council continued to refine its agenda. For this cycle, the Council identified its top 10 Goals & Priorities that spans two Fiscal Years 2021-2023. These goals can be traced back to our first community-wide meeting, but have been shaped by our city’s most urgent needs, Petaluma’s culture, and the deeply-held values of our council-members.

Understanding our Goals & Priorities

The following Goals & Priorities represent legislation our Council is most committed to passing this fiscal year. Our five Goals are meant to be broad statements guiding the work of our government. 

Our City Council’s five main goals are to foster:

  • A City that works for everyone
  • An economy that prospers
  • An environmental legacy we can be proud of
  • A safe community that thrives
  • Spaces and places that inspire

Within these categories, the Council set ten priorities – action items that would get us closer to a  stronger and more sustainable future for all Petalumans. Click on each goal below to learn more about the ten priorities within these goals.

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How our Goals are Achieved

The City Council is Petaluma’s main governing body. This group of six councilmembers and our mayor meet every two weeks to pass ordinances and hear about issues facing Petaluma. City Staff are tasked with carrying out their agenda items, as well as all the other functions of government that keep us moving in our communities.

Current Goals & Priorities

These Goals & Priorities are not intended to represent the entire work of the Council or City Staff, nor are these priorities static. We will continue to adapt to changes in our community’s needs. We hope, however, that by accomplishing the work below, our City Council will make a meaningful impact in the way Petalumans live their lives: in good health, safety, and prosperity.

A City That Works for Everyone

Ensure a fiscally and organizationally sustainable City that is innovative and efficient; provides valued services promptly and professionally; engages the community, and proactively funds, designs, installs and maintains City infrastructure that is safe, functional, and sustainable and serves the needs of our residents.


- Safe Streets | Safe Mobility

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An Economy That Prospers

Encourage a thriving business environment that results in a strong, diverse, resilient economy and supports community prosperity.


- Retail Cannabis Ordinance

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Our Environmental Legacy

Preserve and protect Petaluma’s environment for future generations and become a municipal leader in sustainability by protecting our river and open space; reducing and drawing down greenhouse gas emissions; and encouraging sustainable development.


- Citywide Electrification Plan
- Pest Management Plan
- Tree Preservation Ordinance

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A Safe Community That Thrives

Support facilities and design programs that create a healthy, resilient, and engaged community that is prepared, safe, and housed.


Hybrid Police Oversight and DEI
- Tenant Protection Ordinance
- Public Safety Facilities

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Spaces & Places That Inspire

Create inviting natural and built places and spaces for contemplation, play, arts, and connection while celebrating our history and encouraging community pride

Current Priorities:

- Petaluma Fairgrounds
- Trestle Reconstruction

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City Budget FY23

To learn more about how City funds are allocated across departments, click here.

Background Info

Want to learn more about how the City Council narrowed down the original 256 goals named in our 2018 Goal-Setting Workshop into the ten priorities listed? Click here.

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