Affordable housing and Maple Pool on City priority list

Courtenay Council has agreed the City’s strategic priorities for the final 12 months before the
local elections next fall.
At its meeting last night, the top five issues for action were listed as the proposed affordable
housing project on Braidwood Road, resolving the Maple Pool Campground dispute,
analyzing fire service provision in East Courtenay, progressing a ‘complete street’ pilot
project, and enhancing the downtown core.
Other internal City Hall operational priorities include a new City website, asset and
maintenance management, electronic home owner grants, and completing the Transportation
and Land Use Master Plan.
The full strategic priorities report showing how the conclusions were arrived at has been
posted on the municipality’s website at Chief administrative officer David
Allen said the document would now be used by both Council and staff to help determine how
to allocate staff time and resources.
“The strategic priorities report will be used as a framework to guide where we need to be
focusing our attention,” said Allan.
“In local government, we’re constantly looking for ways to be more efficient. This document
will help us prioritize our goals and keep them firmly in sight.”
As previously reported in the Echo, the report was produced following a strategic priorities
workshop involving the mayor, councillors and senior staff in early September, which was led
by external facilitator Dr. Gord McIntosh. “Many of the services we provide are required by
law and a significant portion of our time and budget is devoted to these activities,” said Allen.
“Having said that, the strategic priorities report will be used to help us narrow down the many
other choices we face, and determine what we can realistically accomplish within our
financial and human resources.”
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