On Jan. 28, the City of Lloydminster announced its new 2015-2017 strategic plan.
The city has set up a series of priorities and objectives and every three months it will report back to the populace on the progress it has made towards these goals, with a detailed analysis being published next April.
“In the spring, we came together as city council and administration and management ... and we spent a full day of planning on our strategic plan,” Mayor Rob Saunders said. “We eventually requested that our community get involved as well in the surveys that went out and it culminated with our strategic plan today.”
The four strategic priorities that city identified are “strong relationships,” “vibrant city,” “sustainable infrastructure” and “healthy financial position.”
New for this strategic planning cycle is the addition of individual departmental plans within the city and voluntary citizen engagement surveys. Lloydminster director of strategy Sharon Herbus says these initiatives are meant to keep the public and the city’s departments involved in the strategic plan.
“(Public engagement surveys) are done throughout the year,” she said. “When we get that feedback, we take that and it (effects) decisions we make in some of our operational planning.”
Herbus says the departmental plans help streamline the planning process and outline the ways the main strategic plan will be achieved.
“Here is the overall plan, how are you then within your department going to achieve these strategies?” she said. “Whereas before our strategic plan was basically one big corporate plan, so everybody’s information was compiled into one document. Now what we have is a one-page strategic document to get a higher level of engagement.”
This is the city’s second round of strategic planning. The last three-year planning cycle started in 2011 and this April the city will present a detailed report on the outcome of that project.