The Menlo Park City Council will be debating "must do" vs. "nice to do" during today's goal-setting session, which will determine the priorities to pursue during the next year.
According to Management Partners, the consultant hired to facilitate the session, most council members listed the following as areas to focus on:
■ Filling empty city staff positions and reducing turnover.
■ Prioritizing projects already underway and not adding new ones.
■ Complete projects underway, such as the general plan and M2 zoning update, and negotiations with Stanford over the proposed 500 Camino Real mixed-use complex.
■ Improve communications with the community by using less jargon and being proactive.
■ Traffic management.
■ Economic development.
Along with traffic and housing, the city's water use policies -- including Menlo Park's approach to drought, recycling, groundwater and flood control -- were called out as one of the big issues to be addressed during the upcoming year.
Click here to review the complete agenda and associated staff reports, which include a look at the current status of the priorities identified for 2014.
The session runs from noon to 7 p.m. in the Oak Room at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St.