Council outlines goals

Municipal council has set out its goals and objectives for the next two years.

Municipal council has set out its goals and objectives for the next two years.

The goals and objectives were presented at the municipal council meeting on Monday.

They include sustainability, social development, environmental protection, strengthening the economy, running the municipality efficiently and effectively and working within limited financial resources.

Sustainability is seen as a focus on social development, environmental protection and economic growth.

Within the goals are specific items surrounding a transit service for the community, something which has been considered for several years.

One of the items calls for obtaining and considering a feasibility study for a transit service.

Housing options will also be considered. Providing housing includes considering a variety of housing alternatives, reviewing land use options and providing various forms of densification.

For environmental protection, funds will be set aside.

A climate action committee has been created to help municipal staff achieve the goals in the community’s Climate Action Plan.

Strengthening the economy includes providing land for future growth, promoting Summerland as a tourist destination, developing an economic development marketing strategy and working with the Summerland Chamber of Economic Development and Tourism and other organizations to help new and existing businesses.

Efforts are also included in the goals and objectives to improve customer service and to streamline municipal operations.

To work with the municipality’s available funds, council will examine alternate sources of revenue.

Council will also work to retain and build relationships with other governments.

Mayor Janice Perrino said the goals and objectives examine what council has done and what will be done.

“You plan the work and work the plan,” she said.

Municipal administrator Tom Day said the list of goals should not be seen as a firm and inflexible plan. “This document is a fluid document and council will receive formal updates from staff every four months on the progress made towards accomplishing council’s goals as well as details of day to day activities, so council can be aware of staff’s progress,” he said in a report to council.

 

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