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Gaithersburg’s mayor and city council approved their strategic plan for the 2014 fiscal year at a meeting Monday evening.

The strategic plan details each city department’s goals for the upcoming fiscal year. The document was first publicly reviewed at a February retreat at the Gaithersburg Upcounty Senior Center.

The city’s goals range from long-term aspirations to short-term projects.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture intends to acquire open space in the city for public use, support local artists and upgrade lighting at Kelley Park and Morris Park. The department has its eye on a former Nike missile site, the former Consumer Product Safety Commission site and a piece of land between the MedImmune campus and Quince Orchard Park, which could become public parks.

Under the Planning and Development Department, staff are aiming for sustainable growth through high quality, aesthetically appealing developments. In the coming year, the department plans to have the Frederick Avenue Corridor and Vicinity Capacity study completed.

The Gaithersburg Police Department’s goals include enhancing its relationships with non-English speaking communities and citizens, maintaining support of neighborhood watch programs and obtaining re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which reviewed the department in April.

In the Community Services division, staff are encouraging the public to engage with Bank on Gaithersburg, a financial education and no-cost checking and savings account program and expand financial literacy, among other goals.

The city’s strategic plan “is a living document,” City Manager Tony Tomasello said. “It will change from year to year.”

The proposed budget, a separate document, will be reviewed by the mayor and council for potential approval in June.

scarignan@gazette.net