2015 Strategic Priorities Report

April 13, 2015

The City of Courtenay’s 2015 Strategic Priorities Report is now available on the city website.

Courtenay City Council formally approved the report at the March 30 Committee of the Whole meeting, with one modification – the addition of a regional solution to homelessness under Council’s “advocacy and partnerships” priorities.

Courtenay CAO David Allen said the report will be a critical tool for both Council and staff. “This document is extremely important,” noted Allen. “It’s a guiding document which highlights where we should be focusing our limited resources, including staff and budget. It’s one of the top policy documents that Council establishes for the city, along with the Official Community Plan and the Financial Plan.”

The strategic priorities were established at workshops with Council and staff in December and January. The workshops were guided by Dr. Gord McIntosh of the Local Government Leadership Institute, a specialist in local government strategic facilitation.

Council priorities outlined in the report include the Braidwood housing project Request for Proposal, a flood study, downtown revitalization, “complete street” pilot project options, and reviewing the development process terms of reference. The report also includes several advocacy and partnership topics.

The Strategic Priorities report does not include the day-to-day legislative requirements and essential services such as water, sewer, policing, fire protection, roads, and bylaw enforcement – many of which are required by law, and represent a significant portion of the budget and staff time.

The city also provides important ‘quality of life’ services, such as recreation, parks, arts and culture.