Welcome to Our Palo Alto

Our Palo Alto is a community conversation about the future of our City. We want to create both opportunities for dialogue around important ideas and programs while tackling issues our community cares about. Fueled by input and participation from citizens, Our Palo Alto is organized into three parallel, yet interconnected tracks – Ideas, Action and Design.

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City Launches Our Palo Alto Mobile App

The City has launched a new mobile app to provide the community with the latest on Our Palo Alto community events and activities. read more »

Leadership Group Meeting

Appointed to work with City staff on the community engagement aspect of the Comprehensive Plan update, the Leadership Group meets monthly to discuss ideas and give feedback to staff. The meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. read more »

Our Palo Alto eNews

Stay up-to-date on all of our upcoming events and opportunities for discussion, as well as anything you may have missed, by reading the latest version of Our Palo Alto eNews. read more »

It begins with Ideas generated by conversations that build connections between citizens. Our outreach approach is Beyond City Hall, with civic conversations across our community, in neighborhoods and businesses, in community centers and schools. These conversations will bring people together to share their hopes and dreams and worries about Palo Alto. We can deepen understanding and expand the voices that actively participate in our community life and shape the civic decisions of our City.
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It involves Action on our most pressing problems now. Traffic and parking, for example, need attention today. Over the next year, the City will make progress on residential permit parking (RPP), shuttles, bicycle routes and reducing traffic. Our new Housing Element, by year's end, will establish Palo Alto's housing roadmap into the next decade.
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It includes a Design for our future with a new Comprehensive Plan for the City. The Plan is scheduled for completion at the end of 2015. Broad community participation will be essential to creating the right blueprint for Palo Alto. The foundation created by Ideas and Action will help to build civic capacity and momentum as we Design a new Plan worthy of our City.
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