City Council Goals

The City Council sets the vision for our City and adopts goals to reflect that vision and guide decision-making at all levels of City government. The goal setting process builds Council consensus on policies and projects that impact City residents, businesses and the community as a whole. The Administration uses the City Council vision and goals to set priorities, direct work activities, and allocate staff and financial resources.

City Council Vision

“Champaign is an inclusive community that welcomes all. City residents enjoy a great quality of life, first class educational opportunities and easy mobility. Champaign is a vibrant community with an active center city and healthy neighborhoods. The City is designed for quality and sustainability, and has a growing economy.”

City Council Goals 2015-2017

Our City Promotes Quality of Life for all Citizens

Strategic Initiatives

  • Strengthen Community Service Partnerships
  • Promote an Inclusive, Open-Minded, and Progressive Community
  • Expand the Arts and Entertainment
  • Expand Local Athletics
  • Support the U-I to maintain its Flagship Campus in Champaign-Urbana
  • Partner with Local Schools and Parkland College to Strengthen Educational Opportunities

Key Projects

  • Prepare a Beautification Plan for the Neil Street Corridor from I-74 to Downtown
  • Serve as Lead Agency and Coordinate the Community Coalition and Support the Champaign County Juvenile Assessment Center

Our City Promotes First-Rate Services

Strategic Initiatives

  • Aggressively Address Infrastructure Needs
  • Maintain Public Safety Responsiveness
  • Support and Respond to Neighborhood Needs
  • Strengthen the Partnership Between the City and the Public Library

Key Projects

  • Support the Library in Hiring and new Executive Director and Updating their Strategic Plan
  • Complete the Construction of the Glenn Park Detention Basins and Storm Sewers (Washington Street West – Phase II)
  • Complete Design, Construction Plans, and Specifications for the Storm Sewers from Russell / Washington Intersection to the University Avenue / Flora Court Area (Washington Street West – Phase III)
  • Complete Preliminary Design of Drainage Improvements for the Boneyard Creek (Neil Street to University Avenue)
  • Complete the Garden Hills Drainage Study
  • Complete the Annual Concrete and Asphalt Street Maintenance Projects and an Evaluation of Additional Funding Alternatives for Arterial Asphalt Street Maintenance
  • Complete Construction of the MCORE Green Street (Fourth Street to Neil Street) and White Street (Wright Street to Second Street) Projects and Complete Design, Construction Plans, and Specifications for the Wright Street (Springfield Avenue to Armory Street) project
  • Update the Curtis Road Interchange Master Plan and Development Regulations
  • Update the Zoning Regulations Pertaining to the City Center and Neighborhood Commercial Areas

Our City Promotes Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods

Strategic Initiatives

  • Initiate and Support Programs to Reduce Gun Violence
  • Continue to Strengthen Police-Community Relations
  • Encourage Development of Affordable Housing
  • Assure a Safe Community while Respecting the Rights of Citizens
  • Support Neighborhood Development and Economic Stability in Historically Underdeveloped Areas

Key Projects

  • Implement the Garden Hills Action Plan Including a Pilot Rental Property Inspection Program
  • Support Community Efforts to Establish a Reentry Program for Offenders Exiting the Criminal Justice System
  • Implement the Bristol Place Redevelopment Plan
  • Support Commercial Revitalization in Low-to-Moderate Income Neighborhoods
  • Complete the Fire Station #3 Relocation Study and Begin Planning for Station Relocation
  • Work with Community Members to Implement Programs Intended to Reduce Gun Violence

Our City Promotes Fiscal Responsibility

Strategic Initiatives

  • Maintain a Healthy and Balanced City Budget
  • Ensure Fair City Tax Rates and Fees
  • Maintain a Fiscal Model that Balances Short and Long-Term Needs
  • Be a Leader in Intergovernmental and Interagency Cooperation
  • Apply Strategies to Reduce the Cost of City Services
  • Promote Compact Growth Patterns to Deliver City Services Efficiently

Key Projects

  • Support Unit 4 School District with their Future Facility Planning
  • Adopt a Stable Funding Model for VCC and 40N
  • Manage Potential Revenue Decreases due to State Budget Cuts
  • Continue to Advance the CORE Software Project

Our City Promotes Economic Opportunity

Strategic Initiatives

  • Market the City
  • Expand Programs for Job Creation and Employment Growth
  • Attract, Retain, and Grow Workforce Talent in the Community
  • Maintain a Vibrant Downtown
  • Maintain the City’s Positive Business Environment
  • Increase Minority and Women-Owned Business Opportunities
  • Promote Local Business Development

Key Projects

  • Structure an Economic Development Strategy around the Availability of Broadband Internet
  • Develop Incentives to Support Small Businesses
  • Support Existing Workforce Development Initiatives Including Workforce Development and Matchmaking
  • Develop a Strategy to Promote the Reinvestment of the Commercial Area at Country Fair

Our City Promotes Environmental Sustainability

Strategic Initiatives

  • Promote Champaign as a Green Community
  • Encourage the use of Alternative Modes of Transportation
  • Recruit and Retain Innovative Green Business and Industry
  • Adopt Incentives and Regulations to Encourage Environmental Responsibility
  • Continue to Reduce Energy Consumed by City Government
  • Preserve the Mahomet Aquifer as a Long-Term Healthy Water Supply
  • Promote Infill Development at the Core of the City

Key Projects

  • Continue to Utilize the Ameren Act on Energy Program to Incentivize Residential Energy Efficiency Projects
  • Update the Infill Incentive Policy to Promote Infill Development at Strategic Locations
  • Continue to Implement the Strategies of the Sustainability Plan, Champaign Growing Greener
  • Continue to Implement the Strategies of the Pedestrian Plan, Walk Champaign 

Our City Promotes Honest, Transparent, and Inclusive Government

Strategic Initiatives

  • Engage the Community in their Government
  • Provide Timely and Accurate Information about City Actions, Events, and Decisions
  • Improve Availability and Public’s Access to City Information
  • Recruit and Retain an Inclusive City Workforce that Reflects our Diverse Community

Key Projects

  • Update the City’s Public Communication Plan
  • Complete the Refresh of the City’s Website
  • Complete the Update of the 1992 ADA Transition Plan
  • Continue to Digitize Old City Documents to Improve Ease of Access