The development of the 2018-2022 Strategic Principles and Priorities considers the strengths of "The Road Map to the Future," Elgin's previous strategic plan, as well as key ideas from other City planning documents such as budget, financial, and comprehensive plans. Significant input from City Council, City staff, and community members helped shape this document. The Strategic Plan Advisory Commission also played a key role in the development of this document. They led a series of Community Input Sessions in August 2017 to discuss Elgin's strengths, challenges and vision for the future. A community survey was also conducted in 2017 and the results were also used to create a new, refined strategic plan.