Regional District of Nanaimo puts plans into operation

Committee of the whole endorses 2017 operational plan

  • Mar. 21, 2017 9:00 a.m.

GREG SAKAKI

greg.sakaki@nanaimobulletin.com

The Regional District of Nanaimo has compiled a 100-page to-do list.

RDN directors endorsed a 2017 operational plan at their committee of the whole meeting last Tuesday in Nanaimo.

The document outlines 77 primary strategic priority actions and 166 related actions to be undertaken between now and 2021.

“The intent of the operational plan is to address four questions,” said Tyler Brown, RDN intergovernmental liaison. “Where are we now, where do we want to be, how do we get there and how do we measure our progress?”

Chris Midgley, RDN manager of asset management, said the operational plan priorities come from collaboration between senior staff and directors, board motions and adopted plans, departmental work plans, internal services review and provincial and federal regulatory requirements.

“The strategic plan is the highest-level plan for the organization and this particular plan was very much developed by the board and intended to guide us,” Midgley said.

The priorities are categorized into five strategic focus areas: governance, service and organizational excellence, relationships, economic health and environment. Fifty-one priorities fall into the service category.

Examples of some of the 77 priorities include: water, wastewater and landfill capital projects; developing a regional parks and trails master plan; creating a recreational services master plan for the Parksville Qualicum Beach area.

The would also include determining the feasibility of a partnership in development and operation of an outdoor multi-sport complex within School District 69; exploring the option of providing transit service to Area F (Coombs, Hilliers, Errington); implementing a 5,000-hour annual transit hour expansion; decreasing building permit processing times.

Another priority is purchasing two pumper trucks for the Errington Volunteer Fire Department.

The action items in the plan slated for 2017 have already been factored into the RDN’s budget for the coming year.

Jim Kipp, a Nanaimo director, took issue with referring to the document as the RDN’s highest-level plan, suggesting it’s more about philosophy and noting it doesn’t contain any dollar figures.

“I’m wishing each of these actions had a cost and a budget relation to it…” Kipp said. “For me, when 100 things are put in front of me, I like to know what they cost.”

Ian Thorpe, another Nanaimo director, said the plan is easy to read and understand.

“It shows us exactly where we’re at with each of our initiatives and strategies and how they relate to each other, so I’m very impressed and I think this will be a very valuable tool as we move forward,” he said.

Bob Rogers, Nanoose Bay director, noted that the operational plan is a “living document” that will be reviewed twice a year and can be updated.

“I’m looking forward to September already when we will have a chance to take a look at the progress,” he said.

The operational plan can be found at www.rdn.bc.ca.

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