Parksville council plan identifies five core priorities

Focus on housing, health care, recreation, economic development and community safety

A strategic plan, highlighted by five core priorities, for the City of Parksville was adopted by council on July 3.

The city’s 2019-22 strategic plan identifies the core priority categories for the next three years, the current council’s term of office. These priorities are housing, health care, recreation, economic development and community safety. At the July 3 meeting, chief administrative officer, Keeva Kehler, reviewed the priority list outlining possible direct and indirect actions with council approving a number of implementation tasks to provide staff with a baseline work plan.

“The city’s new strategic plan, unique to Parksville, is a vision for the municipality and the community,” said Parksville Mayor Ed Mayne in a press release. “The plan confirms council’s five core priorities as being important to Parksville residents.”

The plan will “guide the effective and efficient use of city resources, considering both budgetary and human resource constraints to ensure progress is made,” stated the release.

Staff members will prepare a detailed action plan and the implementation items as approved by council will be included in 2020 budget deliberations in the fall. The strategic plan will provide direction for the municipality over the next three years and ensure the city’s vision and mission are accomplished. Council will monitor implementation on an ongoing basis and continue to update the community on milestones and project completion.

The strategic planning journey began in January with the mayor’s roundtable event; a conversation with residents to determine the priority actions the community wishes council to focus on during their term of office. A series of committee of the whole meetings were held to discuss each core priority and an online community survey received 425 responses. All initiatives were intended to understand what is most important to residents. Survey results are posted to Let’s Talk Parksville at https://letstalkparksville.ca/8785/documents/17616

The plan may be viewed on the city’s website at http://www.parksville.ca/cms.asp?wpID=431 and is also attached to this email.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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