City Goals & Priorities

Workshops Inform Goals & Priorities

Every year, we work together with the community to help identify what work matters most. Together, we develop a list of goals and prioritized action items to work on over the coming years.


On March 14, we will hold a workshop during the City Council meeting to review and update our current goals and priorities. Please join us as we work to make Petaluma the best it can be!

When: Monday, March 14, 6pm

Where: Zoom

Please visit The Zoom link will available on the Meeting of the Petaluma City Council and Petaluma Community Development Successor Agency agenda when it is posted.


We developed the city's Goals and Priorities with extensive community input and discussion. We held a workshop on April 6, 2019, and offered a survey, to gather the community’s ideas.

After that workshop, we reviewed and collated the feedback. We presented a draft version of the City’s goals and priorities for the next two years. After discussion, the Council approved a final goals and priorities. These became our guideposts for our work.

FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021

In February 2020, we updated our Goals and Priorities, right before COVID came into our lives. Needless to say, things changed.

FISCAL YEAR 2021 - 2023

In 2021 we held two workshops on April 26, 2021, and June 28, 2021, to get community input and feedback. We also looked back and reflected on what we added to the list. Much of our work changed because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The City Council then finalized our workplan for the upcoming two years.

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The Goals & Priorities FY 2021-2023 is viewable online by goal below. CLICK HERE to view our Goals & Priorities document as a PDF.

Goal: A City That Works

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. Learn more.

Goal: A Safe Community That Thrives

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

Goal: Economy That Prospers

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

Goal: 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. Learn more.

Goal: Spaces and Places

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

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