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Selwyn reviews draft strategic plan

 

November 17, 2017

 

BY TERRY GILLIS

 

Chief Administrative Officer, Janice Lavalley, provided Selwyn Council with a draft of the 2018 Strategic Plan on Tuesday evening. The Township began an update of its 2012 Corporate Strategic Plan.

 

The firm of Monteith Brown Planning Consultants (MBPC) was engaged to assist with the consultation component of the update and to assist the Township in reconfirming its Vision and Mission Statements, Values, Goals and other over-arching elements of the Strategic Plan.

 

Lavalley reported that the review of the 2012 Corporate Strategic Plan is well underway.

 

A workshop was held on September 22, 2017 involving all members of the senior management team. The workshop, facilitated by Monteith Brown, allowed for a discussion of the current Strategic Plan as well as an opportunity to consider strategic initiatives for the 2018 update.

 

According to the CAO, there was consensus among staff and council that the Plan’s current Vision, Mission, Values and Goals were for the most part still relevant. A few suggestions were made to make some of the statements sharper and more concise.

 

The proposed updates are:

 

Vision: A progressive, sustainable community

Mission: Leader in providing innovative and effective municipal services

 

Values:

   • Integrity

   • Trust and Respect

   • Environmentally-Responsible

   •  Professionalism and Accountability

   •  Inclusivity

 

Goals:

1. Foster a healthy, engaged and connected community

2. Achieve excellence in governance and service delivery

3. Support a sustainable, balanced and investment-ready community

4. Cultivate partnerships and promote collaboration

Lavalley asked that Council review the Draft Corporate Strategic Plan, as well as a number of proposed initiatives to achieve the Corporate Goals, in detail and provide feedback and input in preparation for the Public Open House taking place on November 23, 2017.

The proposed initiatives included:

• The rewording of the municipality’s vision statement from “A progressive community that is healthy, diverse and sustainable” to “A progressive, sustainable community”.

 

• The reworking of the mission statement from “Leader in delivering innovative, coordinated, and sustainable municipal services,” to “Leader in providing innovative and effective municipal services”.

 

Changes to the Township’s values from:

 

• Integrity

• Trust and Respect

• Accountability

• Professionalism

• Inclusivity

 

To:

 

• Integrity

•Trust and Respect

• Environmentally-Responsible*

• Professionalism and Accountability

•  Inclusivity

 

The corporate (township) goals have been re-visualized from:

1. Foster a healthy, engaged and connected community

2. Achieve excellence in governance and service delivery

3. Support a sustainable, balanced, and investment-ready community

4. Incorporate green principles in decision making

5. Cultivate partnerships and promote collaboration

To:

1. Foster a healthy, engaged and connected community

2. Achieve excellence in governance and service delivery

3. Support a sustainable, balanced and investment-ready community

4. Cultivate partnerships and promote collaboration

 

In addition to the above noted proposed changes, the Strategic Plan must also align with the Federal and Provincial legislation and other stakeholders (Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, Peterborough Public Health etc…).

Deputy Mayor Senis requested a few changes be made to the draft. One such request was to change an item listed under Goal 3; Advocate for improved high speed connectivity throughout the Township; in particular focussing on capacity and speed (work with County, Eastern Ontario Regional Network).

 

The Deputy Mayor requested that the advocating for improved high speed connectivity be moved up to Short Term Initiatives.

 

Councillor Ballantyne requested the rewording of one of Goal 1’s Short Term initiatives; to explore partnership opportunities for a rural transportation pilot. She said she was “afraid people are going to expect transportation” in the short term.

Councillors Locke and Herron were concerned with green waste initiatives.

 

Overall, a number of recommendations and changes were requested for the draft prior to the  Strategic Plan being introduced to the public.