City Council Goals & Strategic Plan
The City Council formally adopted its goals and strategic plan for 2015.
One of the unique aspects to this particular plan is a focus on building upon Hopkins' strengths as a community. In addition to striving to provide high quality services on a daily basis, the City needs to stretch further and envision a better Hopkins. Building on what the City does well is the best way to take the community to the next level.
Goal I – Preserve the Small Town Feel in Hopkins
A small-town feel is a major part of the identity of Hopkins. Surveys have demonstrated that it is also one of the primary reasons people like living in Hopkins. Efforts in the future need to capitalize on and enhance this important city asset.
Strategy 1: Create a More Vibrant Business Community
- Strengthen image of arts community
- Promote shopping local
- Continue to promote "Open to Business" program
- Install directional signage at entry to Hopkins
- Work with “Think Hopkins” on business recruitment efforts.
Strategy 3: Provide Accessible and Friendly City Services
- Explore improved service delivery through e-commerce.
- Promote interactive park, trails, and facilities directory on website.
- Encourage volunteers and expand volunteer opportunities.
Strategy 4: Embrace and Strengthen Partnerships
- Continue to grow partnerships with:
- Joint recreation in Minnetonka
- Hennepin County
- Hopkins School District
- Watershed districts
- Met Council
- Three Rivers Park District
- Surrounding cities
Goal II – Urban Design: Do It Right
Hopkins has been recognized as a city that encourages smart urban design. This includes the ability to walk to stores and other amenities. Advancing these goals also improves the small town feel.
Strategy 1: Improve Walking and Biking Infrastructure in the City;
Strategy 2: Build and Cultivate Environmental Responsibility
- Implement the sidewalk and trail master plan and partner with other agencies to improve and update paths, trails, and crossings in the community
- Explore local transportation opportunities
- Support “Complete Street” initiatives.
- Explore pedestrian/bike overlay, pursue bike friendly city designation, and explore bike share opportunities.
Strategy 3: Promote Healthy City Initiatives
- Promote annual events and activities that support wellness in our city
Strategy 4: Engage in LRT Planning and Transit-Orientated Development
- Develop a schedule for rezoning properties to the mixed-use zoning classification and begin implementation.
- Partner with Hennepin County and SWLRT cities to maximize the benefit and reduce conflict of SWLRT line.
- Work with Minnetonka and Hennepin County to develop a vision and implementation strategies for the Shady Oak LRT Station.
- Work with all stakeholders to implement and build on recommendations of the Blake Road Corridor plans
- Continue to explore and promote sustainability programs and initiatives in our community
- Explore a Mainstreet design and facade improvement program
- Explore joint development with the Blake Station
Goal III – Take It to Them
Hopkins has a reputation for strong citizen involvement and engagement. The City needs to build upon that strength by reaching out to deliver our messages and hear from our stakeholders.
Strategy 2: Engage the Rental Community of Hopkins
- Explore partnerships with the rental community
- Implement a program to provide city information to new renters
Strategy 3: Inspire Community and Citizen Engagement
- Cultivate volunteerism
- Engage residents by conducting community meetings at alternative locations
- Conduct presentations with different groups throughout the community on City goals and initiatives as well as SWLRT
- Educate the community in the area of emergency preparedness
- Expand Yellow Ribbon opportunities to businesses
- Continue to recognize youth at Council meetings
- Engage youth through police and fire with safety camps, Operation Recess, and youth empowerment programs
- Identify opportunities to engage youth, businesses, faith-based organizations and schools