Integrating and Cross-Referencing City Plans

Cities often have multiple plan documents and processes, sometimes several. Ideally, there is a central plan that integrates various aspects as a core function, but if not, ensuring that plans reference each other is needed. This collection of solutions and blocks provides a quick summary of resources on this topic.

City Office partnership for cross-cutting, complex issues

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The Mayor is committed to setting up a new City Office to tackle cross-cutting, complex issues through a shared approach to strategic leadership with the ability to deliver tangible outcomes through targeted projects. It will aim to help collective actions, help to remove barriers to change and connect with new people in new ways. The City Office will provide a strong focus and coordination role for the excellent partnership working that is already well-developed in the city. For example, it will work closely with existing groups such as the Bristol Green Capital Partnership (BGCP) which is an independent leadership organisation founded in 2007. It has more than 850 member organisations, ranging from businesses and the public sector to charities & community organisations. It is currently working on a range of projects towards its vision of ‘a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all’.

Collaborative government opportunities

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We will do this by opening a Civic Design Lab for problem solving across City departments in collaboration with partners, implementing integrated actions through Resilience Delivery Teams, strengthening regional resilience through partnerships, programs, and pilots, and designing a digital service center focused on public need.

Identify primary drivers of change

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As a part of the Strategic Foresight Initiative's (SFI) scenario planning and trends analysis, SFI employs an analytical approach used commonly by organizations such as the U.S. National Intelligence Council to identify macro-level factors that have significant influence in the world. These macro-level factors fall into five dimensions—Social, Technological, Environmental, Economic, and Political (STEEP). Using this STEEP approach, the SFI community of practitioners and subject matter experts identified 9 major drivers of change (categorized along the 5 STEEP dimensions) that will likely have the most significant influence on disaster management in the U.S. over the next 20 years. These drivers include Changing Role of the Individual, Climate Change, Critical Infrastructure, Evolving Terrorist Threat, Global Interdependencies, Government Budgets, Technological Innovation and Dependency, Universal Access to and Use of Information, and US Demographic Shifts.

Integration of resilience principles into Boulder’s Sustainability Framework


Boulder’s Sustainability Framework is the unifying mechanism that connects all of the city’s policies and programs, and therefore represents the best point for integrating the resilience principles that will have the greatest impact across all of Boulder’s departments and functions. The Sustainability Framework has been used successfully in practice for several years, informing the city’s policies, budget prioritization and program design. The Boulder community has a deeply embedded sense of sustainability as a core value system, manifested through the well-established framework, among many other community-driven initiatives. Resilience, however, is a relatively new and emerging concept being systematically applied as a practice in cities for the first time. By thoughtfully integrating resilience into a familiar and operational framework, resilience activity will be placed in a relatable and immediately actionable context.

Multi-modal transportation to connect people, employment, and services

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The city will hire a Transportation Coordinator to redesign our regional transit system to connect people, employment, and services. We'll encourage use of mass transit use by providing public employees with a pre-tax transit pass. At the same time, we'll work with the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) to develop a vision for a multimodal regional transit network that integrates bicycle and pedestrian networks.