Strategic Plan


Lake Forest continues to develop long-term plans and goals to ensure the City remains well-managed, while protecting and enhancing the community’s rich heritage, historic architecture, residential neighborhoods, natural resources, open spaces, recreational areas and overall unique sense of place. This is a result of the City’s commitment to its four cornerstones:  Family, Education, Tradition & Philanthropy, as well as its mission to “be the best-managed, fiscally-responsible and appealing community which promotes a community spirit of trust, respect and citizen involvement.”
In efforts to live up to these commitments, it is important to periodically identify the state of the City and to confirm that Lake Forest is carrying on the broader visionary concepts of our forefathers.  In 2016, the Mayor and City Council directed the City staff to conduct a series of voluntary community engagement activities, including the “Future for All Generations” Workshop and the Strategic Planning Retreat.  These community engagement tools were used to stimulate civil debate, gather a greater awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing Lake Forest, and guide further discussion about the future of Lake Forest.
As a result of these gatherings, six topic areas were identified and incorporated into the City’s Strategic Plan.  Over the next few months, the Strategic Plan goals, objectives and strategies will be discussed at City Council meetings and how these reports can be incorporated into an updated Comprehensive City Plan.
Thank you to all of the residents, community stakeholders, City Council and staff who participated in the Community-Wide Survey, the Community Engagement Forums and Workshops as well as the Strategic Planning Retreat.  
Click here to view the City of Lake Forest, Illinois Strategic Plan.
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