Goals and Objectives

Auburn Hills City Council

2021 Strategic Goals & Objectives

I.       Focus relentlessly on fiscal and operational sustainability

  • Maintain long-term unrestricted general fund balance of expenditures no less than 35% while fulfilling vital infrastructure and employee retention needs
  • Continue to pursue new revenue streams, acting upon opportunities as they become available
  • Seek creative ways to reduce expenditures
  • Consider additional funding for legacy costs
  • Require consistent departmental budget implementation & accountability 

II.     Deliver outstanding city services

  • Seek tech improvements in line with current trends in IT
  •        Enhance internal IT infrastructure
  • Identify new/additional opportunities for council & staff to engage citizens
  • Respond to generational & cultural needs
  •        Connect kids to mentors – job skills (engage Teen Council)
  •        Opportunity for growth: 21-50 year olds (incl. our corporate community)
  • Enhance community EMS outreach program
  • Create a fire academy or FD cadets

III.  Drive strategic community development

  • Continue downtown development & expansion
  •        Encourage vertical development to 4 stories
  •        Create public gathering space
  • Further develop M-24/Opdyke Road Corridor
  • Support the effort to increase water flow in river corridor
  • Focus redevelopment efforts on TIFA- and city-owned properties 

IV. Continue to grow and support a vibrant, sustainable, safe & connected community

  • Continue to enhance community engagement via communications, e.g., construction, developments, events
  • Make safe pathway connections in undeveloped areas, where desired by residents
  • Invest in NW section of the city, including a pathway on Joslyn
  • Continue to increase corporate engagement
  • Continue to connect with school-age children
  • Continue to keep Auburn Hills friendly and livable for all ages
  • Enhance public safety:
  •       Improve city readiness for major emergency events
  •       Monitor police and fire staffing levels to enhance public safety and align with national standards
  •       Analyze & evaluate civic center campus security measures to protect employees and the general public
  • Decrease community risk
  • Enhance Hawk Woods Park
  • Redevelop Manitoba Park 

V. Retain & attract high quality employees

  • Maintain and grow a talented, customer-focused workforce
  • Investigate support services to attract and retain employees
  • Invest in employees through ongoing training & development
  • Focus continuously on succession & business continuity planning
  • Incorporate diversity training for all city employees