Ashland citizens take pride in their community and it is evident through the efforts of our community leaders. Dedicated citizens who take the work of government and civic engagement seriously. Ashland has a Mayor/City Council form of government.
The Mayor, who presides at the Council meetings, is elected for a four-year term and with the City Council meets twice monthly in meetings open to the public. For those who wish to view from their homes, the meetings are televised via Ashland’s cable access channel (RVTV), as are Planning Commission and Parks Commission meetings. These meetings are also available online at rvtv.sou.edu.
The City Council is advised in part by over 20 different advisory boards and commissions comprised of volunteer citizens. The City is always looking for interested citizens to volunteer their time and experience by serving on one of these boards or commissions. The Ashland Parks and Recreation Department is governed by an elected five-person commission. Contact the City to determine available openings and opportunities at www.ashland.or.us.
FORM OF GOVERNMENT
Ashland has a Mayor/City Council form of government. The Mayor, who presides at the Council meetings, is elected for a four-year term and with the City Council meets twice (four total with two study sessions) monthly in meetings open to the public. The Council’s Mission is to support a resilient, sustainable community that lives within its means and maintains the distinctive quality of life for which it has become known.
2015-2017 Council Goals and Objectives:
To view a complete list of goals and objectives, visit ashland.or.us.
To support a resilient, sustainable community that lives within its means and maintains the distinctive quality of life for which it has become known - in the face of external change and internal development - via direct delivery of basic services and leveraged enablement of enhanced services.
Leverage our regional and state relationships to increase effectiveness in relevant policy arenas
Promote effective citizen communication and engagement
Support and empower our community partners Organization
Evaluate real property and facility assets to strategically support city mission and goals
o Identify and evaluate underperforming assets
o Cultivate external funding opportunities
o Examine city hall replacement and other facility needs
o Examine long term use of Imperatrice property
Seek opportunities to enable all citizens to meet basic needs
o Examine means and methods by which to improve access to mental health ser-
vices for Ashland citizens who need them
o Support and promote, through policy,programs that make the City affordable
to live in
o Pursue affordable housing opportunities, especially workforce housing.
Identify specific incentives for developers to build more affordable housing.
o Leverage partnerships with non-profit and private entities to build social eq-
o Encourage the ongoing effectiveness of the Resource Center
Develop supports to enable citizens to age in Ashland
Keep Ashland a family-friendly community
Protect the integrity and safety of the watershed
o Implement and maintain the Ashland Forest Resiliency project
o Educate and engage the community in watershed stewardship
o Declare a “year of the watershed” and coordinate activities around it
o Maintain current Firewise communities and implement the Fire Adapted
o Complete the expansion of the city’s wildfire hazard zone to accurately reflect risk
o Fund the AFR & AIR programs
o Continue to engage state and federal representatives on the AFR project
o Weed abatement on County land within the UGB (exotic species)
Enhance and expand natural and recreational resources
Support local micro-agriculture and food production
Prepare the community for natural and human-made disasters
Update the Comprehensive Plan
Develop and support land use and transportation policies to achieve sustainable development
Encourage and/or develop public spaces that build community and promote interaction
Seek opportunities to diversify the economy in coordination with the Economic Development Strategy
Nurture emerging new technologies
Market and further develop the Ashland Fiber Network
o Complete and implement the AFN business plan
Diversify transportation and shipping options
Ensure that commercial and industrial areas are available for development
Embrace and plan ahead for emerging social trends that might impact the economy and vitality of the community
Energy and Infrastructure
Be proactive in using best practices in infrastructure management and modernization
Prepare for the impact of climate change on the community
o Develop and implement a community climate change and energy plan