A refined strategic plan is now in place for Strathcona County.
Council approved their new 2013-2030 strategic plan, after reducing the focused plan goals from 12 to eight.
A discussion was held on ways to remove redundancy in the original draft at Tuesday's council meeting (May 7).
“Strathcona County Council continues to set the bar high in the area of strategic planning,” said mayor Rod Frank. “I am confident this council has provided clear direction to administration for the next four years. We have listened to the public and this is reflected in the strategic plan goals.”
The plan sets out the long-term vision and articulates the community goals council wants to achieve through investment in infrastructure, programs and services.
"When we had 12 we were trying to be everything for everybody. I think we still are, but with a better focus," said councillor Paul Smith.
Goals include; build strong communities to support the diverse needs of residents. Manage, invest and plan for sustainable municipal infrastructure. Cultivate economic diversification, within the petro-chemical industry and beyond, through a business-friendly environment. Ensure effective stewardship of water, land, air and energy resources. Foster collaboration through regional, community and governmental partnerships. Provide facilities and services that are available and accessible to residents. Provide opportunities for public engagement and communication. Foster an environment for safe communities.
The full 2013-2030 strategic plan can be found here.

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