The city began collecting input in July from Baytown residents as part of the process of creating a new strategic plan, an initiative called, Imagine Baytown. This comprehensive community engagement effort to develop a city-wide plan will help guide future decisions, and feedback received from the community will help determine funding, improvement, and service priorities for the next five years.
"It is crucial we reach and work with as many people as possible,” said Brian Moran, Assistant to the City Manager. “The Strategic Planning Advisory Committee has made it clear that they want an inclusive process that seeks guidance and ideas from everyone in our diverse community."
The Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (SPAC) launched its “Your City, Your Future” Survey as the first community engagement activity, and to date, the city has received approximately 1,522 responses. The survey has just 12 questions and takes about two minutes to complete.
As a part of the public engagement and outreach, the city is hosting six Imagine Baytown community workshops the week of September 13th, and each are open to all citizens. The workshops will include facilitated discussions revolving around positive changes seen in the last five years, what is going well in the community, and what attendees would change.
The Community Workshops will be as followed:
- Monday, September 13th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Baytown Historical Museum 220 W. Defee Avenue – Hosted by Council Member Chris Presley
- Tuesday, September 14th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Evergreen Clubhouse, 1520 Evergreen Road – Hosted by Council Member Mike Lester
- Wednesday, September 15th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Pirates Bay Pavilion, 5300 East Road – Hosted by Council Member Heather Betancourth
- Thursday, September 16th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Baytown Chamber of Commerce, 825 Rollingbrook Drive – Hosted by Council Member Charles Johnson
- Saturday, September 18th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market Street – Hosted by Council Member Laura Alvarado
- Saturday, September 18th from 1 to 3 p.m. at Clark Elementary School Library, 6033 TX-146 – Hosted by Council Member Jacob Powell
Snacks and refreshments will be offered at each workshop. As an incentive, workshop attendees will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card.
The city believes its residents are the driving force of Baytown's community-based strategic plan. By listening to residents and working together, new ideas can be brought to life to create a better Baytown.
“Help us reach our goal by getting involved today. Take the survey or attend one of the community workshops,” said SPAC Chair Kelli Williams. “Tell us how YOU Imagine Baytown.”
The SPAC has been working hard to be inclusive of all Baytown residents. The committee is looking forward to hearing from as many residents as possible. To learn more about Imagine Baytown visit https://www.baytownengage.com/imagine-baytown2026.