From the Director of Development Services: The city begins the process of visioning the overall plan

Susan McLaughlin

Broad public participation is key to creating a vision for Edmundthe future of

What do you like about Edmonds today? In 20 years, what kind of Edmond do you hope to see?

The City of Edmonds asks you these questions as we launch a community vision process for Everyone is Edmonds, the 2024 Global Plan update.

The Global Plan (the “Plan”) is a planning document that guides decision-making on a wide range of topics such as, but not limited to, land use, housing, transportation, resilience climate and economic development. The plan is meant to reflect community priorities for the city and its residents, while meeting the requirements of federal and state laws.

Every good plan starts with a collective vision. You are therefore invited to join us as we begin a city-wide conversation that will culminate in a vision statement to guide the development of Edmonds’ overall plan.

Over the next six weeks, we will focus on key topics that touch on various aspects of the Plan. Here is the schedule:

  • Identity: August 8-14
  • Quality of life: August 15 to 21
  • Economic Growth: August 22-28
  • Environment: August 29 to September 4
  • Culture: September 5 to 11
  • Habitability and Land Use: September 12-18

Next week we begin community conversation with an accent on Edmonds‘ Identify.

Many cities have slogans that reflect their cultural identity and/or the main strengths of their municipality. Some of my personal favorites include:

  • Eagle Pass, Texas: “Where Yee-Hah! meets Olé!
  • Nashville, Tennessee: “The City of Music”
  • Austin, Texas: “Keep Austin Weird”
  • Hershey, Pennsylvania. : “The sweetest place in the world”
  • Bellevue, Washington: “City in a Park”
  • Gilroy, California: “Garlic Capital of the World”

Each of these slogans illustrates the identity of the city. “It’s a day like Edmonds” has been our town’s traditional slogan — a statement that embodies that unique feeling of a day well spent in Edmonds. Although we are not proposing to develop a new slogan, we hope to dig deep and find consensus on what, in our identity and values, contributes to this special feeling of Edmonds, something that will start this visioning process.

So what is it about Edmonds that makes us unique? What do you like? Is it the sunset at Marina Beach, is it the diversity of international food choices along Highway 99, is it the identity of a small town, is it your pedestrian neighborhood and/or your neighborhood park? The answers to questions like these will help shape a vision for Everyone Edmonds!

Please complete our City Identity Mini-Survey (available at by scanning the QR code below) and visit us next week at the following events to share your views:

movie in the park | Friday August 5 | Edmonds Municipal Park | The movie starts 15 minutes before sunset, staff are available from 7:30 p.m. until the movie starts.

downtown market | Tuesday August 9 | 236th Street Southwest (between 84th Avenue West and Highway 99) | The market takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., staff are available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Coffee-chat with Susan (Director of Development Services) | Noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 10 | Caffe Ladro at 8403 Main St.

Edmonds Summer Market | Saturday August 13 | 5th Avenue North and Main Street.

Keep an eye out for more event announcements next week as we move into the quality of life themed community conversation.

— By Susan McLaughlin
Director of Edmonds Development Services