City of Tomball provides strategic plan update

The city of Tomball presented a strategic plan update during City Council's Jan. 17 meeting. (Chandler France/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of Tomball presented a strategic plan update during City Council's Jan. 17 meeting. (Chandler France/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Tomball presented a strategic plan update during City Council's Jan. 17 meeting. (Chandler France/Community Impact Newspaper)

Tomball Police Chief Jeff Bert and Assistant City Manager Jessica Rogers updated City Council on the city’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2020-21 through 2021-22 during a council meeting Jan. 17. The strategic plan lays out 79 action items across four broad initiatives, which include being a livable city, a connected city, an effective city and a strong city, Bert said.

Bert said 87% of the action items have been completed or are ongoing, while the remaining projects have not yet begun.

“Tomball is a city that thrives amidst a pandemic, through the single costliest disaster in Texas history and in spite of an uncertain world economy. I think we thrive because collectively we strive for painstaking excellence,” said Bert, in reference to a Martin Luther King Jr. quote to honor MLK Day.

Bert, who served as assistant city manager from April 2021 until Rogers took over in mid-October, highlighted projects from each category in the plan. He said the alleyway project, which will improve alleys and pedestrian mobility in Old Town Tomball, is 95% complete with design, and construction of drainage on Persimmon Street and the city’s mural are both complete.

Additionally, Bert said the city has completed six successful internships across five departments, finished a gas and water meter pilot study and has continued to invest in the Tomball Business and Technology Park. Bert also said the city is working closely with hotels to get “heads in beds”, and that hotels are returning to nearly full capacity on the weekends.


Rogers said the city will be bringing workshops to the City Council to begin discussions on projects and goals for the next two years of strategic planning.

“Our focus is going to be on those critical needs,” Rogers said. “We’re seeing tremendous growth in this city, but also tremendous potential and the opportunity to really identify what those big projects are [and] what that big vision is for City Council.”
By Chandler France

Reporter, Tomball/Magnolia

Chandler joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, where he was the executive editor of Annenberg Media. He previously interned with the company in Gilbert, AZ and with the Beacon Project, an investigative reporting team in Los Angeles. Chandler is originally from Laguna Hills, CA.