Visioning Exercise

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Elected & appointed officials are called upon to make decisions that have long term impact on the Gaithersburg community. To help guide their decision making, a Visioning Exercise was conducted in early 2019. The session was proposed by Council Member Neil Harris, who expressed that an understanding of where the City wants to be in the future is essential to guiding present day policy decisions.

The all-day Visioning Exercise took place on Saturday, February 23, 2019. It was the culmination of a months’ long effort to assemble as much current and predictive data as possible about what the Gaithersburg of 2045 will look like.

Staff in the City’s Planning & Code Administration and Economic Development Department worked closely with consultants from the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and the Performance Management Group, Center for Public Policy, both a part of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, to analyze data related to population and household changes, ethnicity, age, education, poverty, housing types, commuting patterns, and commercial space.  An Executive Summary and Final Report by the consultants can be found in the Documents box on this page.

The decisions that are eventually made will manifest themselves in the City’s Transportation and Land Use Plan, housing and zoning policies, Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, Strategic Plan, and in the City’s operational plan to enhance government services to respond to changing demographics.

A follow up to the Visioning Exercise that was held during the Mayor & City Council annual retreat will be presented at the July 29, 2019, Work Session at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.