Committing to “a community wide discussion regarding the future of Oakmont,” the OVA Board of Directors approved spending up to $100,000 to hire professional community facilitators to run multiple meetings of residents to explore issues facing the community.
A resolution, unanimously adopted by the Board June 21, accepts the Oakmont 2030 Roadmap as a way to “drive the conversation with the community about what Oakmont wants to become.”
Marlena Tremont, co-chair of the Oakmont 30 Steering Committee, called the roadmap’s focus “one of the most important issues” facing Oakmont in some time. She shares the chair with Tom Kendrick, immediate past president of the Oakmont board.
Goals include promoting active lifestyle opportunities for current and future residents; further livability, accessibility and safety of facilities; foster financially viable initiatives, and enhance the value of Oakmont. Also, to implement sustainability practices for water, energy, land and wildlife urban interface; partner with city, business and other stakeholders; align with the city’s General Plan Update, and include flexibility for future leaders and residents to refine plans as needs change.
The 2030 Kick-Off is set for June 29 with a Town Hall Forum from 1 to 3 p.m.
at Berger Center. Details of the initiative will be discussed and signup sheets for meetings will be available.
Future meetings running through August will cover the themes Oakmont Today and Oakmont Tomorrow.
Instructions on how to sign up for the meetings are published elsewhere in this newspaper.
In order to capture the discussions in visuals, ARCHILogix, an architectural and community planning firm in Santa Rosa, will turn residents’ visions into a series of simple visuals.
Sarah Lightfoot will be the meeting facilitator. She has a masters degree in Organization Development from Sonoma State and nearly a decade’s experience facilitating and designing high-stakes meetings. Todd Erickson, the technical director, has been designing large-scale meetings using cutting-edge technology for 20 years.
Meetings will be led by Ms. Lightfoot using a Community Conversation model that puts participants into groups of 8 at a table to discuss specific questions that can lead to new insights and consensus around priorities. This discussion format allows every participant to feel heard and see their ideas combined with others.