Guiding Principles

Battle Ground City Council's adopted Guiding Principles serve as a foundation for policy decisions. 

The Guiding Principles were developed by the Council in early 2019 following the completion of the Roadmap community visioning process and the resulting Community Vision and Strategic Action Plan. City Council relied on the plan and its five community-identified focus areas of Community, Well-Being, Growth, Identity, and Prosperity to develop and adopt their Guiding Principles.  

“We were very purposeful in our deliberations,” said Mayor Mike Dalesandro, “we listened to what is important to the community and we are applying those core community values to our policy-making decisions.”

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Guiding Principles

 Adopted June 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Public Safety                                                                                                                                                                                              Continue to invest in public safety efforts maintaining or increasing level of services and community outreach programs to ensure community well-being.
  • Livability                                                                                                                                                                                                              Preserve city infrastructure and services, and promote livability through multimodal transportation and interconnected parks and trail networks.
  • Beautification                                                                                                                                                                                                Protect and promote the City of Battle Ground by improving the presentation of city facilities and land to create a more welcoming environment for residents and visitors.
  • Efficiencies                                                                                                                                                                                                      Adopt financial initiatives that streamline government to ensure government services are delivered in a cost effective manner that is affordable and efficient.
  • Economic Development and Tourism                                                                                                                                                              Put efforts towards expanding the city’s economic base. Work on implementing the Community Vision by focusing on redevelopment of the downtown core, branding of the city, and targeting commercial and industrial sectors that will be successful in Battle Ground.
  • Managed Growth                                                                                                                                                                                              Be strategic about future growth and annexation. Ensure a balance of housing types and services are provided. Continue to expand infrastructure needs to accommodate growth. Future growth should be balanced, and diverse, including future housing development.
  • Strategic Planning/Partnerships                                                                                                                                                            Implement Community Vision initiatives and continue planning and budgeting for the future need. Boost community partnerships to create cohesive programs and plans that are fiscally responsible and beneficial to the community as a whole.
  • Community Vision/Strategic Action Plan                                                                                                                                                     Implement the Community Vision and Strategic Action Plan that was adopted in January 2019. Ensure that council and staff revisit and update the Community Vision as needed and focus on initiatives identified for both the city and the community.