Strategic Planning


Park City Municipal Corporation engages in strategic planning in order to accomplish what the City’s residents, business owners, and guests expect from their local government. There are various aspects to the strategic planning process which are described in detail in a series of documents. This complexity can sometimes result in confusion and can appear to be redundant. This summary should help clarify the strategic planning process and provide additional transparency with regard to how the municipal government intends to accomplish the goals of the community.

The following flowchart outlines the major aspects of the strategic planning process. A summary of each aspect is provided below the chart, and details on each strategic component can be access by clicking on the corresponding box of the flowchart.








Community Vision and Values

In 2009 the City conducted a series of interviews, surveys, open houses, etc., to better understand the Community Vision or the way residents see Park City, what they value, and what they want local government to focus on. We learned that our mandate is to Keep Park City “Park City”. The City’s strategic planning process is designed to ensure that all city actions are geared toward achieving this Vision.

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General Plan
The General Plan is the guiding document for all of Park City’s land use planning efforts and related operations and projects. The document focuses on the four Core Values identified during the visioning process and outlines strategies and goals which the City will pursue in order to effectuate development in accordance with those values.
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Land Management Code
The strategies and goals set forth in the General Plan are codified into a zoning ordinance and development standards contained in the Land Management Code. These regulations are critical to successfully Keeping Park City “Park City”. 
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Park City 2030
This long-range strategic plan sets forth four priorities that will guide decision making and provide the structure for ensuring that incremental, measurable steps are taken to achieve the Community Vision. These four Council Priorities are:

    Park City 2030 also lists several Desired Outcomes within each priority area which help to specify what we hope to achieve by 2030. 

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    Business Plans

    Each department or team has developed a business plan in which specific Strategies are outlined along with associated Action Steps the department will take in pursuit of these strategies in the next year or two. These strategies and action steps are directly linked to desired outcomes identified in Park City 2030. Regular updates on the progress of specific action steps are given in a

    Quarterly Strategic Update Report

     the City Council. 

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    Budget Document

    The City’s budget process – “Budgeting for Outcomes” – is tailored to align with the strategic planning process.

    In Budgeting for Outcomes, departments submit cost bids for each operating program and capital project at levels of service outlined in their Business Plans. These programs and projects are linked to the strategies in their business plans as well as the desired outcomes identified in Park City 2030. Each bid is then prioritized by a panel of City staff using a set of criteria that evaluates the degree to which the bid effectively achieves desired outcomes. In this manner, the City ensures that available resources are being funneled toward the programs and projects that best meet the Community Vision. 

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    Biennial Plan

    The Biennial Strategic Plan draws on Park City 2030, the Business Plans, and the Budget Document to give a summary of the City’s approach over the next two years to pursue Council Priorities and the Community Vision. This document is used to report highlights of the Strategic Planning Process to Council during their annual Visioning Session, and it is updated every two years.