Strategic Plan 2020-2023

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Help us set our priorities for 2020-2023

The City of Kawartha Lakes Strategic Plan is the guiding document used by Council and staff as we provide services and programs to our community.

We are excited that our new plan was created with input from you! Thank you to everyone who took part in the Strategic Planning process.

Read the Final Strategic Plan here

Help us set our priorities for 2020-2023

The City of Kawartha Lakes Strategic Plan is the guiding document used by Council and staff as we provide services and programs to our community.

We are excited that our new plan was created with input from you! Thank you to everyone who took part in the Strategic Planning process.

Read the Final Strategic Plan here

Consultation has concluded
  • Kawartha Lakes presents its Strategic Plan for the next four years

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    Kawartha Lakes has set ambitious goals for the next four years, to help fulfill its vision of creating thriving and growing communities within a healthy and natural environment. The 2020-2023 Strategic Plan is now available online and will serve as a roadmap for the municipality to follow.

    “While our priorities were redirected early this year to essential services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to the long-term vision in this Strategic Plan,” said Ron Taylor, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Kawartha Lakes. “We've laid a strong foundation in the last four years and now we’ve got the framework for some exciting years ahead of us. Thank you to everyone that participated in developing the Plan, we value your feedback and we’ve used what we’ve learned to make it better.”

    Developing the Plan was an inclusive process, the municipality collaborated with members of the public, partners, staff and Council in a variety of formats. As a result, it reflects the values, vision and priorities of our community. Those priorities include:

    • Preserving A Healthy Environment for a sustainable future
    • Improving our health, well-being and social infrastructure for An Exceptional Quality of Life
    • Creating A Vibrant and Growing Economy for existing and new businesses to succeed
    • Maintaining Good Government to deliver the highest standard of municipal services

    Focusing on these key priorities, the next steps for the municipality are to develop action plans for its goals and to monitor and report on its achievements. As always, Council will look to accomplish these priorities while balancing affordability and service excellence.

    Progress reports and updates will be provided periodically to keep the public informed on the City’s progress. To learn more about the process and work that went into creating the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, visit Jump In, Kawartha Lakes.

  • Strategic Plan 2020-2023 adopted by Council

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    Kawartha Lakes – At the January 28 Council meeting, the new Strategic Plan for 2020-2023 was adopted by Council.

    The draft plan was received as printed, with the exception of the following addition to the Guiding Principles section:

    “We will consider the environmental impact of our decisions, in accordance with best management practices, while balancing our other strategic priorities.”

    The new language was motioned by Councillor Richardson who stated, “We are already taking many positive steps to protect and enhance the environment. This will add one more reminder of how important it is for all of us to consider the impact our decisions have on the environment.”

    The vision for the future is: Thriving and growing communities within a healthy and natural environment. This vision speaks to the ongoing goal of balancing growth and prosperity with protecting and enhancing our environment.

    This plan has four guiding principles, or lenses through which all actions are evaluated:

    • Fiscally Responsible
    • Open and Transparent
    • Partner and Collaborate
    • Service Excellence

    “With strong engagement from the public, stakeholder groups and staff, the new Strategic Plan has been finalized and will continue to keep our momentum going,” said Andy Letham, Mayor of Kawartha Lakes. “Council appreciates everyone’s collaboration and contributions to this plan and we look forward to realizing our vision together.”

    Next steps include the creation of a final document to be brought to Council on March 10. Following that, detailed action plans, success measures and a tracking system will be developed throughout 2020. Progress will be reported on throughout the life of the plan.

    For a copy of the plan, visit our website or Jump In, Kawartha Lakes.



  • Strategic Plan 2020-2023 presented to Council

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    Kawartha Lakes – At the January 14 Committee of the Whole meeting, the new Strategic Plan for 2020-2023 was brought forward to Council.

    “I’m proud that the development of our Strategic Plan has been an inclusive process. We’ve had expanded consultation with members of the public, partners, staff and Council. We’re pleased to have completed this in-house, under the leadership of Brenda Stonehouse, Strategy and Performance Specialist,” commented Ron Taylor, CAO.

    The vision for the future is: Thriving and growing communities within a healthy and natural environment. This vision speaks to the ongoing goal of balancing growth and prosperity with protecting and enhancing our environment.

    The mission explains how we achieve our vision: To deliver the highest standard of municipal services while creating a healthy and sustainable future for all Kawartha Lakes residents and businesses.

    This plan has four guiding principles, or lenses through which all actions are evaluated:

    • Fiscally Responsible
    • Open and Transparent
    • Partner and Collaborate
    • Service Excellence

    Values:

    • Accountability
    • Respect
    • Teamwork

    Strategic Priorities, each of which have several goals and progress indicators:

    • A Vibrant and Growing Economy
    • An Exceptional Quality of Life
    • A Healthy Environment
    • Good Government

    Mayor Letham commented, “As local government, we are constantly challenged with balancing our environmental, social and economic responsibilities. In this new Strategic Plan, we have a blueprint for the next four years and we have set out ambitious goals for Kawartha Lakes. Next we’ll develop action plans to achieve those goals alongside Advisory Committees, agencies, partners and staff. As always, Council will be looking to achieve these goals while ensuring our community remains an affordable place for residents of all ages. I look forward to charting the course with everyone involved.”

    The Plan will come to Council on January 28 for final consideration. Next steps following adoption by Council include assigning detailed action plans, success measures and a tracking system throughout 2020. Progress will be reported on throughout the life of the plan.

    For a copy of the plan, visit our website or Jump In, Kawartha Lakes.



  • Kawartha Lakes releases draft Strategic Plan for further public input

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    Kawartha Lakes – At the December 10 Council meeting, Council were presented with a draft of the new Strategic Plan 2020-2023.

    Brenda Stonehouse, Strategy and Performance Specialist and Lean Master Black Belt, noted that the draft has been a collaborative effort over the last several months between Council, staff and the community. It’s now time for stakeholders to have a last word on what has come together before a final plan is presented in January.

    Find a copy of the draft plan and provide feedback on Jump In, Kawartha Lakes (www.jumpinkawarthalakes.ca). The municipality launched Jump In earlier this year as a forum for the community to become aware, informed and involved in a variety of municipal projects, the first of which was the Strategic Plan.

    The vision for Kawartha Lakes over the next four years is: To nurture and grow our vibrant communities in a thriving and natural environment.

    “The Strategic Plan is a shared plan between our organization and the community. It’s a blueprint for the accomplishments we want to achieve together over the next four years. It sets the vision and outlines the key priorities Council wishes to accomplish between now and 2023, alongside providing core municipal services. It’s been an inclusive process to date, and we’re looking forward to receiving more feedback on the draft,” commented Ron Taylor, CAO.

    To view the draft Plan and provide feedback, register at Jump In, Kawartha Lakes.

    Download a copy of the draft Plan on the municipal website.


  • Kawartha Lakes’ strategic planning process considers public input and prioritizes actions

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    Kawartha Lakes – At the September 5 Special Council meeting at the Emergency Services Training Centre in Cameron, Council met for a second planning session to continue developing the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan with Kawartha Lakes’ senior staff.

    Brenda Stonehouse, Strategy and Performance Specialist and Lean Master Black Belt, reviewed community engagement with the plan on Jump In, Kawartha Lakes, the municipality’s new online engagement platform. Jump In is a place for the community to become aware, informed and involved in a variety of municipal projects, the first of which is the Strategic Plan.

    Of the 793 people who visited Jump In, 219 people registered and completed the survey. Others downloaded information, or viewed pages about other events, such as Roads 101 Roundtables. Full survey results are available on the municipal website and at Jump In, Kawartha Lakes in the Document Library.

    Survey results of the top action items to achieve our Strategic Priorities are:

    word cloud of strategic plan words from public surveyA Vibrant and Growing Economy

    1. Attract businesses
    2. Expand local employment
    3. Enhance infrastructure (Connecting GO Transit and Broadband improvements)

    An Exceptional Quality of Life

    1. Enhance access to community and health services
    2. Develop a long term plan for roads
    3. Increase the supply of affordable housing

    A Healthy Environment

    1. Protect our lakes and rivers
    2. Protect and enhance water quality
    3. Protect prime agricultural land

    Good Government

    1. Ensure fiscally responsible service delivery
    2. Ensure municipal assets are maintained and well managed
    3. Provide exceptional customer service

    Council and senior staff worked in small group activities to prioritize almost 100 action items in each of the four areas above, with consideration of available resources, timelines and affordability for the taxpayer. CAO Ron Taylor encouraged the group to think in terms of the key priorities that this Council will set for the municipality to accomplish over the next four years, while continuing to deliver core services.

    “Our job, and it’s a tough one, is to balance the long list of needs, wants and priorities with what is affordable for our community, and come up with an inclusive and sustainable plan,” commented Mayor Andy Letham.

    Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie commented, “Feedback comes to Council in many ways. We listen to the residents who tell us what’s important to them. We are hearing from people at Roads 101 sessions, at the grocery store and community events, and on Jump In.”

    Toward the end of the session, the group revisited the municipality’s current vision of “Naturally beautiful, offering an exceptional lifestyle” and discussed to what extent the current vision reflects the community and its collective vision for Kawartha Lakes over the next 10-20 years.

    Members of the community, partners, agencies and staff will continue to be engaged over the coming weeks as the Plan moves forward. The draft Strategic Plan will be presented to Council in December 2019.

    To follow the progress of the new Strategic Plan, visit the municipal website. Stay tuned to our newsroom to hear how residents can contribute comments and ideas to the Strategic Plan. To get involved and have your say, register at Jump In, Kawartha Lakes.


  • Jump in, Kawartha Lakes! Municipality launches new engagement platform

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    Kawartha Lakes – It’s your turn to jump in! Kawartha Lakes residents are invited to get involved in shaping the municipality using a new online engagement tool. Jump In, Kawartha Lakes is being piloted in 2019, starting with the opportunity to weigh in on the Strategic Plan 2020-2023. The platform offers a convenient way for residents to become informed and provide feedback via surveys, polls, idea forums and interactive maps. Join the conversation at www.jumpinkawarthalakes.ca.

    Jump In is an accessible, informative and fun way to get residents involved with the projects taking place across all areas of local government – from road repairs and budgeting to arts, culture and recreation initiatives,” commented Cheri Davidson, Manager of Communications, Advertising and Marketing. “An online platform adds a convenient, 24-7 option for residents who can’t attend daytime Council meetings or open houses to learn more and have their say on topics of interest.”

    While the platform will be home to many projects in the future, the first large-scale project on Jump In is the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan is a collaboration involving Council, staff and residents. The Plan will guide and focus the direction of the municipality and its major projects over the next four years.

    “Open communication and engagement with our residents is a priority for the municipality and Council,” added CAO Ron Taylor. “The residents and businesses of Kawartha Lakes have outstanding ideas, opinions and lived experiences. We want to capitalize on these local talents and perspectives, and Jump In is the platform to do so.”

    Visit www.jumpinkawarthalakes.ca to register for the platform to have your say on the upcoming Strategic Plan before August 1, 2019. To register, visit the website and click the blue “Register to Stay Informed” button. By signing up, you’ll receive email updates about ongoing municipal initiatives. Stay tuned for more projects in the coming months.







  • “Building on successes”: Council begins developing new 2020-2023 Strategic Plan

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    “Building on successes”: Council begins developing new 2020-2023 Strategic Plan

    Kawartha Lakes – At the May 28 Special Council meeting at the Janetville Community Centre, Council began developing the new 2020-2023 Strategic Plan with Kawartha Lakes’ senior staff. Through listening to presentations, engaging in activities and brainstorming priorities, Council worked on the first stage of creating a four-year Strategic Plan that will help set priorities for the municipality. This meeting is one of three sessions that will develop the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.

    “We want to develop a Strategic Plan that fits for the community,” said Ron Taylor, CAO of Kawartha Lakes. “While developing priorities, work plans or mission statements, we always need to be guided by our shared values.”

    The Special Council meeting began with a presentation by Ron Taylor about the goals and successes of the previous 2016-2019 Strategic Plan. Following the presentation, Brenda Stonehouse, Strategy and Performance Specialist and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, led Council and staff in activities to brainstorm for the next Plan.

    “During the meeting, we focused on gathering the thoughts and ideas of Council members, and we’re looking forward to asking the public for their input as well,” added Stonehouse. “The Strategic Plan helps us to focus resources and efforts towards achieving our common goals. Throughout the process, there will be extensive public, partner and staff engagement.”

    Councillors also reviewed the strategic priorities of the municipality, and shared the goals they would like to see accomplished over the next four years. Lastly, Council reviewed Kawartha Lakes’ current vision and mission statements and values.

    “We look forward to creating a Strategic Plan that recognizes our local government role as a community-builder while delivering City-wide programs and services that meet the needs of the public,” commented Mayor Letham. “To do so, we plan to be accountable to our constituents by building on past successes, building an inclusive plan and setting clear priorities and expectations.”

    Council and Kawartha Lakes staff will continue to develop the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan through to the end of 2019. A second workshop will be held with Council in September and the draft Strategic Plan will be presented in December.

    To review the current 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, visit the municipal website. For more information on the development of the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, visit the Major Projects page. Stay tuned to our newsroom to hear how residents can contribute comments and ideas to the Strategic Plan.