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November 9, 2017, 5:03 PM

What are the priorities you would like to see the City Council adopt for 2018?

Each year, the City Council reviews its priorities for the year at its Annual Council Retreat. A Council priority is defined as a topic that will receive particular, unusual and significant attention during the year.  Typically, priorities have a three-year time limit, although some may continue beyond that time period. 

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August 1, 2017, 1:56 PM

Please provide your feedback to help select the next Police Chief for Palo Alto.

The City of Palo Alto has initiated a search to hire the next Chief of Police, with the final candidate selection to be made by the City Manager and confirmed by the City Council. The City is seeking community input to the following questions that will be provided to the executive recruitment firm assisting the City in identifying the key qualities and areas of focus for Palo Alto’s next police chief.  

Please let us know what you think by filling out this questionnaire!

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June 26, 2017, 1:19 PM

Thank you for your participation on Open City Hall. Your comments and engagement in this process are much appreciated. In July 2015, the City launched a new online community engagement tool called the “Digital Commenter” to serve as a way to “crowdsource” comments and ideas for the update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  

To learn more about how your feedback is being used please click the outcome statement tab for each topic. You can find all "Digital Commenter" topics here or to click directly through to the outcome statement click here.  

Thank you again for your participation. We hope that you will remain engaged with the City and continue to provide your thoughts and opinions.

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November 9, 2016, 10:19 PM

What ideas do you have about policies and programs for the draft Safety Element?

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October 30, 2016, 4:47 PM

Each year, the City Council reviews its priorities for the year at its Annual Council Retreat. You still have time to comment on the priorities you would like to see the City Council adopt for 2017. Have your say, today!

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October 5, 2016, 11:04 AM

Each year, the City Council reviews its priorities for the year at its Annual Council Retreat. What are the priorities you would like to see the City Council adopt for 2017?

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September 30, 2016, 4:41 PM

What ideas do you have about policies and programs for the draft Natural Environment Element?

Next up in our Comprehensive Planning process is the draft Natural Environment Element, which contains 8 over arching goals addressing open space, creeks & streams, urban forest, water resources, air quality, noise, energy and climate change & climate adaptation.

We'd like your feedback on these goals and the plans to get there. You can choose to participate in a quick exercise by answering a few general questions, or review the detailed policies and programs. Please take a few minutes and add your voice

The deadline for submitting your comments is 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9th.

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May 23, 2016, 2:35 PM

Thank you for providing valuable input on strengthening the link between land use planning and sustainability. In total, 67 community members visited the topic, leaving 25 comments that have been provided to the Sustainability Subcommittee of the Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).   The Sustainability Subcommittee met once in May and is meeting again between late June and early July to recommend policies and programs to include in the Land Use Element of the Comprehensive Plan. We welcome you to attend the upcoming meeting; details of meeting location and time will be posted to the project website by mid-June. The recommendations of the Sustainability Subcommittee will be considered by the CAC at their July 19 meeting.   Visit for more information on the Comprehensive Plan Update and the Citizens Advisory Committee.

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April 27, 2016, 1:05 PM

How can we strengthen the link between land use planning and sustainability?

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March 4, 2016, 4:34 PM

This week, the focus of the Palo Alto Comprehensive Plan Update (Comp Plan) shifts to land use and community design, as Palo Alto makes important decisions about growth management and the quality of life in our community. 

Visit the Digital Commenter - an  interactive online forum that enables you to comment directly on key issues and participate in an interactive discussion with other Palo Altans.

  • Have 10 minutes?  Choose the Quick Version to provide input on a handful of critical questions.
  • Have more time?  Choose the Extended Version to dive deeper into specific policies and programs, with notes and questions from staff.

Join the conversation today! The deadline for contributions is April 11 and community input will be forwarded to the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) for consideration as they discuss updates to the policies and programs for the Land Use and Community Design Element of the Comp Plan. Visit for more information for more information on the project and the process.

Thank you for your continued interest in the City of Palo Alto’s Comp Plan Update. We look forward to hearing from you.

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February 12, 2016, 12:08 AM

The Preliminary Draft Transportation Element is ready for public feedback. Share your thoughts today.

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January 6, 2016, 5:23 PM

What services, programs or improvements do you think would be most effective at reducing traffic - and Greenhouse Gas emissions - and still enable people to get around the City and the region, faster and more conveniently? Maybe even without a car?

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December 17, 2015, 4:01 PM

    Do you support the goal of Palo Alto becoming a Carbon Neutral City?

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November 12, 2015, 9:25 AM

    The Preliminary Draft Community Services and Facilities Draft Element is ready for review! Share your thoughts today.

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October 25, 2015, 9:46 PM

What are the priorities you would like to see the City Council adopt for 2016?

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August 19, 2015, 1:44 PM

What ideas do you have about the draft Transportation Element?

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July 24, 2015, 12:12 PM

Most cities, including Palo Alto, utilize a document called a General Plan to guide preservation and development decisions in their municipalities. We have named our document the Comprehensive Plan, as it is the repository of our collective community values and aspirations, and gives us tools to manage growth and change. The City Council has asked all of us to participate in a process that will update our current Comprehensive Plan, which was last updated in 1998. In order to fully understand the community’s hopes for the document, your ideas and comments are needed.

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July 10, 2015, 1:41 PM

We want your input regarding options for providing ultra high-speed wireless Internet access broadly to our community.

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June 10, 2015, 1:37 PM

If you were not able to attend the Our Palo Alto 2030 Summit or participated and have more ideas, the City of Palo Alto has created another opportunity to share your vision on transportation, growth management and housing.  The Virtual Summit will be “live” through the end of June, and your ideas will be shared with Palo Alto’s City Council and the Citizen Advisory Committee as part of the update to Palo Alto’s Comprehensive Plan. 

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May 13, 2015, 9:31 AM

What is the one aspect that best defines Palo Alto’s community character for you?

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April 22, 2015, 11:27 AM

    What are the top three things that would motivate you to drive less?

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March 25, 2015, 4:50 PM

Should the City of Palo Alto adopt an ordinance setting a local minimum wage that is higher than the State minimum wage?

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February 24, 2015, 11:54 AM

On Nov. 20, 2014, the City posted the question, “What are the three priorities you would like to see the City Council adopt for 2015?”

The Council’s adopted priorities for 2015 include:     

  • The Built Environment: Multi-modal transportation, parking and livability 
  • Infrastructure Strategy and Implementation 
  • Healthy City, Healthy Community 
  • Completion of the Comprehensive Plan update with increased focus from Council

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February 5, 2015, 9:54 AM

How do you think Palo Alto should move forward with Planning Community Districts? What constitutes a substantial public benefit?

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November 19, 2014, 8:52 PM

What are the three priorities you would like to see the City Council adopt for 2015?

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November 13, 2014, 10:58 AM

What would it take for Palo Alto to be carbon neutral in 10 years or less?

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August 26, 2014, 5:36 PM

Recently, the City of Palo Alto closed two Open City Hall Topics.  The Critical Issues topic asked “What are the critical issues for Palo Alto's future?”  and asked people to offer feedback to this question in one or more of the categories of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, or Threats. It closed on July 20, 2014. The Focus Areas addressed six geographic areas, identified based on input from community members, where future growth might be focused, and asked “What roles should these Focus Areas play in the life of the City in 2030?”  It closed on August 5, 2014.

The input received in response to both topics was considered by Planning and Transportation Commission members at their meeting on July 9, 2014, and by the City Council at their meeting on August 4, 2014 as they considered the four land use alternatives that had been developed through the community workshops held in May and June.  The City Council has directed staff to come back to Council for further discussion of the Comprehensive Plan Update process, and its interrelationship with other planning initiatives that will address the issues identified through this exercise.  This discussion will begin at the Council’s  September 8 meeting.  We encourage you to remain involved as your input on critical issues will continue to inform the process.  Stay tuned for more opportunities to participate and share your views as the City updates its Comprehensive Plan, the foundational policy document that guides land use and development decisions.

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August 1, 2014, 1:44 PM

Next week, the City Council will discuss alternative future scenarios for Palo Alto as part of the Comprehensive Plan update currently underway. These scenarios will describe different ways our city might evolve over the next 15 years. We need your input to help shape these scenarios before they are analyzed in detail. Share your vision in our online forum today!

The scenarios that go before Council will be based on input the community provides at public meetings and via Palo Alto's online discussion forum between May 29 and August 5, 2014. There are 5 days left to participate online so don't miss this chance to have your say.

Once the scenarios are approved by Council, the next phase of the project will begin. By the end of 2014, an environmental impact report (EIR) evaluating the potential environmental impacts of the scenarios will be released and in 2015 the community will be invited to help select a preferred alternative future scenario.

For more information about the Comprehensive Plan Update process, visit:

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July 2, 2014, 3:26 PM

At the Growth Management workshop on June 10, community members identified areas of Palo Alto that should be protected and preserved, as well as areas where change and development could be focused. The City is seeking input on these focus areas and on alternative futures for the City.

Participate in this online activity and let us know your vision for Palo Alto in 2030. Your input will help shape the alternative future scenarios that will be presented to City Council on August 4, 2014 and will be considered as part of the Comprehensive plan process.

To learn more about the Comprehensive Plan Update process, visit:

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June 11, 2014, 3:08 PM

As we update the Comprehensive Plan, we want to hear from you about the critical issues and opportunities that need to be addressed. Use our online SWOT tool to help identify the key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to consider as we plan for Palo Alto in 2030.

This online activity will remain open from June 6 through July 20, 2014. Your input will help shape three alternative future scenarios for Palo Alto that will be presented to City Council on August 4, 2014. Once approved by Council, these three scenarios will be analyzed in a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to help shape Palo Alto's future. Have your say today!

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