Excellence in government, a thriving community and well-planned infrastructure are just some of the things Fort Saskatchewan residents will be enjoying over the next five years if all goes according to city council’s plan.
Council approved its 2018-22 strategic plan on Tuesday, carrying over a few goals from the previous administration and adding many new ones to guide the city in the future.
“Every time there is a new council, council approves a new strategic plan. That will be council's plan as a whole to go forward with what direction they want to take the city in the next four to five years,” said mayor Gale Katchur.
The plan gives the city a framework for making decisions, identifying priorities, allocating resources and setting budgets. At the heart of the plan are the city’s four strategic goals: positioned for growth, excellence in government, a vibrant and thriving community, and a well-planned and maintained municipal infrastructure.
Some 2018 priorities for the city include the new waste program, traffic safety, water billing and transmission enhancements, strategies to prepare for growth, and the development of a cannabis legalization framework.
The plan was developed by council after considering the more than 2300 responses from the community to the December 2017 public engagement titled, My Fort, My City. My Say.
“I think it's very important that council has a strategic plan and that it is adopted,” Katchur said. “Because really it's our plan to go forward. And now all of council is on side to say, you know what, here's our direction. Let's get this city moving.”