Annually, the city prepares its Five Year Capital Improvement Plan or CIP. It is a planning instrument which identifies needed capital projects. These, in turn, allow the city to plan and evaluate its financial requirements.
The CIP applies discipline to the planning of capital projects by permitting council and staff to consider the needs of the city on a long-range basis. A comprehensive review of all proposed projects weighed against available funding sources should produce optimal use of public funds, by allowing the council, representing the public, to evaluate and choose between various projects.