City of College Park, Maryland

College Park 2015-2020 Strategic Planning Process

In late 2014 the City of College Park began to develop a new five-year strategic plan to replace the 2010 – 2015 Plan. An environmental scan was conducted by The Novak Consulting Group to identify challenges and opportunities in College Park. The environmental scan included focus group meetings, an online survey with residents and other key stakeholders, and an analysis of key trends.  The information in the environmental scan sets the stage for the strategic plan.

In February the Council and staff met with Novak consultants to review the environmental scan and to begin drafting the City Vision, Goals, and Priority Actions. Council approved the following draft Vision: 

The City of College Park is a vibrant and prosperous top 20 college town, which has established collaborative relationships for the benefit of the community. The City is known for distinctive and connected neighborhoods, thriving commercial districts, cultural amenities, attractive green space and streetscapes, convenient transportation systems serving all users, and a strong sense of community pride.

The City Council then developed draft goal statements and priority actions that would help the City meet the goals and implement the City’s vision. The draft Strategic Plan Framework 2020 has seven goals, each with objectives and priorities. Please read the Strategic Plan Framework, and if possible meet with your neighbors or another group in College Park to discuss and comment on it. 

The City Council would like to receive your comments on the draft Strategic Plan Framework by April 10, 2015.  Here’s how you can provide comments:

  • Lead or participate in a “Meeting in a Box” group discussion of the plan. The “Meeting in a Box” provides a process for any College Park group (civic association, committee, book club, etc.) to collectively review, discuss, and comment on the document following a standard format.  The comments are then entered into a Google Docs form by the group organizer.  All comments will be summarized by the consultant and provided to Council.  Please contact Janet McCaslin at or 240-487-3501 if your group would like hard copies of the Meeting in a Box document.
  • Attend the Public Forum at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 24th at City Hall
  • Email the Mayor and Council