CANNON BEACH — The city of Cannon Beach will be sending out surveys next month for feedback on its strategic plan.

City Manager Brant Kucera said the council decided to go with the National Research Center’s National Citizen Survey, used in cities small and large. Cannon Beach’s will be customized, however.

During a work session earlier this month, the council worked to eliminate nonapplicable questions and offer suggestions for relevant ones to add.

Kucera said those addition suggestions include topics such as affordable housing, short-term rentals, parking and marijuana sales. Questions regarding issues like snow removal will be eliminated.

“Because of the size of the community, they (council members) said they’d survey all households,” Kucera said.

Councilor George Vetter said one challenge is some residents use their business post office box to receive personal mail and the city doesn’t plan to send surveys to business addresses, he added.

Kucera said he believes mail deliverers will be able to figure out if a resident is attached to a business address.

Vetter said another challenge they face is that “the experience of living in Cannon Beach during July and August is quite different from most other months.”

The strategic plan itself is a two-year process, but will also include plans for the next five and 10 years. It will help guide future city policies and goals.

The shorter termed a plan, Kucera said, the more detailed it is with a narrower time frame to get tasks done.

The request for proposals for a strategic plan facilitator closed Nov. 30. The city received 14.

“I’m in the process of evaluating RFPs now,” Kucera said. He, City Councilor Melissa Cadwallader and Mayor Sam Steidel will do telephone interviews with the top four or five firms.

The surveys to be used in strategic planning will be mailed to residents in late January and due back at the end of February.

Kucera said the city should have an analysis back by March. “The analysis is pretty complex so it takes three weeks,” he added. Then the planning process will begin, with adoption of a strategic plan likely in June.


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