Strategic Plan

Strategic planning FY2025 - FY2030 

We’re looking forward to engaging the community in the process to develop an updated Strategic Plan for FY2025 - FY2030. The last Strategic Plan was developed with community input in 2017 and established a high-level vision for the community and detailed action steps for future implementation. The strategic planning process is an opportunity to step back and assess community priorities, being informed by the past, while looking forward and thinking strategically about the future.  

Additionally, strategic planning provides a forum for long-time residents and those new to the community to share ideas and different perspectives, listen to concerns, and celebrate all that is special about Lake Forest. Strategic planning allows the community to collectively develop broad goals to guide future decision-making and resource allocation.  

The strategic planning process began in late-Summer 2023 with a Community-Wide Survey to gather opinions on why people come to Lake Forest, and why they stay or return. The survey offered residents the opportunity to comment on City services and programs, policies and regulations, where the community excels, and where there is room for improvement. With the survey results as a starting point, there are a variety of opportunities to engage in the process.

Here's a look at what's been completed to date and what the next steps are in the strategic planning process:

Strategic Plan Timeline 6.3.24

For questions or comments regarding the Strategic Plan, please contact Assistant City Manager George Issakoo, at (847) 810-3680 or

FY2018 - FY2022 Strategic Plan

Mission Statement
"Be the best-managed, fiscally-responsible and appealing community and promote a community spirit of trust, respect and citizen involvement."

Cornerstones of Our CommunityLake Forest's Four Cornerstones:  FamilyEducationTradition & Philanthropy

Vision"...The City will be known for its community responsiveness, commitment to public health and safety, sensitivity to quality of life and conservation, fiscal responsibility, and promotion of cooperation and respect among residents, businesses and government..."

FY2018 - FY2022 Strategic Plan
Annual Strategic Plan Report
2016 Community-Wide Survey Results

FY2018 - FY2022 Strategic Plan Priority Areas
  • Fiscal Stewardship
  • Community Character, Safety and Livability
  • Environmental Sustainability, Recreation and Leisure
  • Housing Diversity and Residential Development
  • Multi-Modal Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Business and Economic Vitality
Click above to view the FY2018 - FY2022 City of Lake Forest Strategic Plan and Annual Strategic Plan Report
Thank you to all of the residents, community stakeholders, City Council and staff who assisted in the development of the FY2018 - FY2022 Strategic Plan through participation in the Community-Wide Survey, the Community Engagement Forums and Workshops.


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