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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.