Our Core Values


There is a deep desire to be great, not merely good.

Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

  • One goal to Adopt and pursue Our Ideals of Excellence
  • The Ideals define Excellence for the Town and the Island community and are categorized into three action areas
  • Strategies organized by Our Place, Our People, and Our Planning and Process


During the vision process, the community rated Environmental Sustainability above everything else.

Redefining Environmental Sustainability

Goal Keywords

  1. Waste
  2. Environmental Sustainability
  3. Water
  4. Environment
  5. Energy
  6. Resilience
  7. Air Quality


For respondents under 50 years old, 80% supported diversifying the economy to attract young professionals and start-up companies.

Revitalizing and Modernizing the Economy

Goal Keywords

  1. Transportation
  2. Business
  3. Brand
  4. Tourism
  5. Population
  6. Workforce


Foster policy, projects, and offerings that are inclusive and multi-dimensional.

Fostering an Inclusive and Multi-dimensional Community

Multi-dimensional: Includes all levels and types of income, culture, age, familial preference, race, gender, ethnicity, ability, life stage, and interests.

Goal Keywords

  1. Education
  2. Historic Sites; Venues
  3. Community Development
  4. Natural Resources; Cultural Resources
  5. Diversity
  6. Cultural Tourism
  7. Healthcare
  8. Arts; Culture; Recreation

Parks + Recreation

A sub-group to Inclusive ensuring the prioritization of high quality and diverse parks and recreation. This topic is one of the Comprehensive Plan Elements and has its own section in Our Plan.

Goal Keywords

  1. Community Value
  2. Best-in-Class
  3. Programming
  4. Water
  5. Pathways
  6. Sports
  7. Funding
  8. Accessibility


Provide mechanisms for building trust to strengthen community fabric.

Building a Connected and Collaborative Community

Community Fabric: For Our Plan this is the many environmental, social, and economic characteristics, interests, qualities, and values that are important to building trust and binding a community of people and places together.

Goal Keywords

  1. Planning
  2. Built Environment
  3. Collaboration
  4. Quality of Life


Become a collaborative regional partner by building alliances with our neighbors and continuing to work together.

Expanding to Embrace an Integrated Regional Focus

Goal Keywords

  1. Planning
  2. Workforce Housing
  3. Transportation
  4. Environment
  5. Tourism


Emerging technology and trends are disrupting traditional systems. The response should be 'right-sized.'

Innovative Approach to Create 'Right-Sized' Infrastructure

'Right-sized' infrastructure anticipates future or trending changes in community needs or interests, level of service capabilities, capacity demands, or methods for delivery of services. This approach to infrastructure is intended to preserve or enhance Island character.

Goal Keywords

  1. Transportation (Land)
  2. Transportation (Air)
  3. Resilience
  4. Utilities
  5. Public Services
  6. Housing
  7. Technology