What's our vision for the future?
How do we want Salem to grow and develop? What goals do we have? How can we improve our community?
The City is in the midst of a multi-year project to update the
Salem Area Comprehensive Plan, which guides development in the Salem area. This is a big project, so it has been broken into phases.
The City has wrapped up the first phase and is now conducting community-wide visioning. Since the summer of 2019, City staff has been out and about, talking to the community about future growth and development in Salem. What thoughts, concerns, and ideas do you have for the future?
The City expects to engage the community in a variety of ways, including public workshops, outreach at community events, stakeholder interviews, surveys, and more.
In June, we had a Facebook live event on the City's Spanish Facebook page where we answered questions about the Our Salem project in Spanish. You can watch the video here.
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April 2020 Webinar
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Our Salem Webinar on scenarios for future growth in April. If you couldn’t join us, you can watch a
recording of the webinar online. You can watch a video about the scenarios in Spanish
You can also view webinar the presentation slides in
Spanish online. To tell us what you think about the scenarios, please complete our new survey, which is in
We've heard a variety of questions about the scenarios, so we've created a webpage to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
More information about the scenarios can be found under “Project Documents” below.
What did we do in the first phase?
The first phase, Our Salem: Today, focused on examining the existing conditions of the city – our vital signs – and evaluating difference scenarios for how Salem could grow under current policies. Check out this
story map to see what we did and what we learned.
The first phase resulted in a report card that evaluates whether we're heading in the right direction given current policies. It also resulted in a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory. All this work is informing critical discussions and decisions about future growth in the city.