The City of Woodinville is seeking input from the community on strategic and economic development plans that will steer the city’s future for the next five years.

Both residents and nonresidents can take part in a short, two-question survey until it closes on Feb. 14. The survey asks participants to list their favorite parts of Woodinville as well as what they hope to see accomplished in 10 years.

“If someone’s on the fence about whether or not they should take the time to participate in this, I would first say it’s a very quick survey,” said Kevin O’Neill, assistant to the city manager. 

BERK Consulting, a Seattle-based firm, is helping Woodinville during the strategic planning process, according to news release from the city. 

“We're feeling very positive about the direction we're going,” O’Neill said. “We are confident that the end result of this whole planning process, for both plans, will give us something that's really tangible that can really help us shape the city for the next year and long term.”

A city’s strategic plan will guide investments and actions for 2022 to 2026, the release said. Meanwhile, the economic development plan informs near-term actions and sets long-term goals to establish a thriving economy.

City council members will utilize the plans when making decisions about economic recovery after the pandemic. The strategies may also guide the council on ways to diversify the selection of Woodinville businesses, the release states.

Woodinville community members were invited to participate in an online workshop called “Reflect and Refresh: Setting Woodinville’s Key Priorities” on Thursday, Jan. 20. Participants shared ideas and interacted with city staff in a Q&A format.

According to a community baseline assessment compiled by BERK Consulting, the population in Woodinville increased 30% from 2000 to 2021. The report projects the city will grow another 38% from 2021 to 2040. 

The assessment also found the city’s population has a high concentration of adults in their 30s compared to surrounding areas. The number of adults who are more than 65 years old is predicted to rise across King County. 

From 2010 and 2020, the proportion of Black, Indigenous, (and) People of Color, and/or Hispanic and Latino residents increased from 24% to 34%, the report shows.

The report estimates that 84% of Woodinville’s adult population has had some form of education after high school. The median household income is 12% higher than the King County median, however, 9% of households in the city bring in $42,660 or less for a three-person household in 2019. 

“If you are in any way invested in the city and want positive change, now is your time,” O’Neill said. 

More information about the strategic and economic development plans can be found on the city’s website at www.ci.woodinville.wa.us/449/Strategic-and-Economic-Development-Plans.

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