Vision Santa Cruz County

About the Santa Cruz County Strategic Planning Process

Santa Cruz County is embarking on its first-ever strategic plan, and we want you to come along for the ride. What kind of community do you want? How can we do better? Where should the County focus its efforts?

Called “Vision Santa Cruz County,” the strategic planning process will be completed by June 2018. Between now and then, the County will engage residents, businesses, nonprofits, youth groups, churches, local governments, parks officials, libraries, schools and more to help establish a common vision and set of goals for the future of Santa Cruz County.

Your input in this process matters. In the coming months, the County will be conducting surveys and holding community meetings in various locations to solicit feedback. You may also see us in the community, so stop by and help educate us about what you want Santa Cruz County to be.


"I could not find affordable housing in Santa Cruz County. … Not only is this a top priority to address homelessness, it is also an issue for those of us who contribute our professional talents to make this a better community."

Gabriel M., Commuter

"Public safety, supportive business climate, environmental/open space protection, streamlined planning processes, streamlined and improved homeless/mental health/drug addiction infrastructure."

Mary A., San Lorenzo Valley

"Transit-oriented, high-density housing. Steep taxes and fees on Google or Apple busses using our streets. Rail trail!"

Dean M., Upper West Side

"I believe that my town can stay a small town, with the small town vibe that Santa Cruz has left behind. I grew up in Santa Cruz, when it was still ok to be weird, different, could be YOU."

Michelle C., Boulder Creek

"I hope that this county is able to resolve the homeless population explosion, constructs infrastructure that relives the traffic congestion, protects our existing open space and continues to be an awesome place to raise a family."

Julie W., Upper West Side

"My vision is for law enforcement to get tough with drug dealers and more places for recovery for addicts to get clean and contribute to society. The homeless garden project is a great example and could be expanded upon."

Gretchen B., downtown Santa Cruz

"I would really like to see a concerted effort to improve the quality of life for residents. That would include a major overhaul of our infrastructure to reduce traffic and improve ease of mobility (and) a major effort to improve public spaces and make them community hubs, places that are a source of pride and that are used by the community."

Stephen F., Larkin Valley

"Santa Cruz is blessed with natural beauty, a Mediterranean climate, and a populace that is both health-conscious and environmentally-conscious. As such, it's a perfect environment for a bike/pedestrian-centric lifestyle that minimizes personally-owned vehicle usage. …. Yet we don't see Santa Cruz becoming a bike-centric region in the same way that Davis, Calif is"

David W., Rio Del Mar