History of Tigard's Vision for Tomorrow
An important exercise for a community to undertake is to envision its future and then
set goals to get there. In 1997, a group of residents, business owners, government
professionals, and community group leaders volunteered to come together and do just
that for the City of Tigard. The result was a community vision statement that
outlined the desired future. It is as follows:
This group of community volunteers has also been instrumental in identifying action themes,
and projects to achieve the future described in the vision statement. This process
has been an important part of the Tigard community for the past 10 years, and to
ensure the community's vision is not overlooked, it will soon be folded into
Comprehensive Plan update. The Comprehensive Plan update process takes
the vision one step further by formalizing these efforts as the City's goals and
policies. By converting the vision into goals, policies and action measures,
the vision will continue to guide the shape of the City and its daily business,
but with the added impact of the Comprehensive Plan. Most importantly, the
Comprehensive Plan collects the City's vision, goals, policies and action
measures into one, key document that provides a consistent and clear policy
framework for the community, Council and staff.
- We, as citizens of the Tigard community, are committed to shaping the
community’s future in agreement with the direction given through this on-going
vision process. This process relies on citizen involvement and participation,
and coordinated actions by the community’s decision-makers.
- Tigard is a safe, dynamic community supported by coordinated and efficient
public services. Funding for services is stable and recipients pay their share.
- Citizens are educated about how to access public services and understand
their responsibility to participate as members of the community.
- There are a variety of opportunities for citizens of all ages to access
education programs for life-long learning. Our community recognizes and accepts
the responsibility each citizen has in promoting and supporting quality education.
- Small and local businesses thrive. Business owners are involved and take
responsibility for the impacts their businesses have on the community.
- A community value "to respect open spaces and natural features" encourages access to
these by our citizens. Many leisure time and recreational opportunities are available
for our community.
- All of these elements work together to promote and protect Tigard’s individual
identity and quality of life.
For more information on how the community's vision statement will be incorporated
into the updated Tigard
Comprehensive Plan, please contact:
Darren Wyss, Associate Planner