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Clearfield looking forward to 2020

CLEARFIELD — The City Council unveiled Clearfield's vision for the next decade, a decade expected to bring economic development, high-income housing, more police officers, innovative park amenities and a walkable, vibrant downtown.

The posters, banners and logos have been up for a year announcing Vision 2020.

And a committee of residents, business owners, planning commissioners and other stakeholders has been meeting monthly during that time to create a document that can guide plans for the city over the next 10 years.

By 2020, Clearfield could be a very different place.

As of this past week, the city has the following official goals:

Maintain Clearfield as Davis County's job center, and increase the number of family-sustaining jobs.

Improve and expand the city's shopping, dining and entertainment options with unique, destination-oriented developments.

Foster resident involvement and community awareness through recreation, arts and education.

Celebrate and support the city's cultural, ethnic and age-based diversity.

Maintain the city's long-term fiscal health and efficient service delivery.

Operate more efficiently with advanced information technology.

Recruit and retain high-caliber employees.

Secure the city's public safety needs.

The Vision 2020 committee created specific tactics and priorities toward reaching those goals, which the Clearfield City Council is expected follow as it plans and budgets for the future.

Some of those tactics include a branding campaign to build community pride; develop a central plaza for community events; bring big-box retailers to Legend Hills, which is located east of I-15; work with the Utah Transit Authority to build a new performing arts theater near the city's FrontRunner station; and create a welcome packet for new residents.

Various other plans include feasibility studies for a northern Davis County consolidated public safety district and dispatch center, and quarterly lunches with the city's delegation to the Utah Legislature.

There's no question about what residents want, said city manager Chris Hillman, adding that the Vision 2020 committee has helped the City Council by prioritizing city needs.

It's the council's job next to decide what it can afford each year.

"We have a chance to be a leader here," said the committee's chairwoman, Nike Peterson, who also serves on the Planning Commission.

Peterson said the process helped the committee get a sense of Clearfield's identity.

"We know who we are," she said. "We know what gets under our skin."

And the committee saved the city money, Peterson said, for a process that would cost $250,000 to bring in consultants.

"We did it for pizza," she said.

Hillman said Clearfield Mayor Don Wood plans to conduct semiannual reviews of the Vision 2020 to make sure the city is on track with the plan's recommendations.

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