Strategic Planning

City of Fernley Strategic Plan 2021-2026

The strategic plan development process included multiple activities to gather perspectives and thoughts from a broad section of community stakeholders. The information gathered in the strategic plan development process was used to develop a community vision, mission for the city organization, values, and goals and strategies to work toward the community vision.

The 2021-2026 City of Fernley Strategic Plan has eight goals and forty strategies.  These are grouped into four areas of focus, each area critical to achieving the vision of the community in 2040.Screenshot 2020-12-17 132607 FINAL strategic plan 2021 - 2026 Opens in new window

    Livable Community 

    Connected and Engaged 

    Progress Through Partnership 

    Robust Municipal Services

Click here for a PDF copy of the City of Fernley Strategic Plan 2021-2026.

Forward Thinking

The City of Fernley was incorporated in 2001. Since incorporation, the population has more than doubled, becoming a thriving community of greater than 20,000 residents.  

The City’s population is projected to increase over the next 20 years to approximately 40,000 residents.  This growth would occur in the context of fundamental shifts in the demographic and economic characteristics of the Reno/Sparks, Carson City, and Fernley/Lyon County region. Increased demand in the region for space by industry, including manufacturing, distribution, and technology, will bring significant employment opportunities. With a large supply of industrial land to accommodate new industry, Fernley will become home to many more jobs. This will drive demand for increased diversity of the housing stock.

As Fernley transitions from primarily a residential community to a balanced residential and commercial community, a critical interest is to do so in a way that is sensitive to the current character of the community. To ensure growth is sensitive to the character of the community, the City of Fernley has developed a strategic plan for 2021-2026.

The strategic plan will:

    Guide the City as it transitions from a bedroom community to a mixed residential and commercial community

    Be sensitive to the current character of the community as transition occurs

    Ensure the city government has the capacity to fulfill its roles for the community

By using the findings of the City of Fernley strategic plan, the City Manager and the Finance Department will develop guidelines for the managing for results approach that integrates existing management systems with improved information on program performance.

If you have any questions or comments about the strategic plan email the City Manager's Office at 775-784-9851 or email