City Council’s Strategic Plan Framework - Media Release

NORTH BAY, ON:   Today, Mayor McDonald and City Council released Council’s Strategic Plan Framework.   Since early January, Council and Senior Staff have held five special meetings to identify and develop a framework for a strategic plan.

Mayor McDonald states, “City Council has listened to the community’s call for a common vision and a future path forward, and I am very pleased we have worked collectively in developing this framework.”

The framework concentrates on making North Bay a better place to live, work, play and learn.

The framework also defines values which are expected to guide the operations and decision making of the City.  Most important, key areas of concentration are defined.   These include:

  • Growth and Development: Creating a climate of compatible and community growth
  • Vibrant, Active, Healthy and Safe Community
  • Prudent operation of the City

Within each key area, specific goals and objectives are identified.  These goals and objectives will be the priorities which Council believes are important and which will be the focus.

One of the defined objectives is the ongoing development of a Collaborative Environment with a common vision fostering the creation of a community with a positive environment that instills pride and confidence, as well as supports a resilient diversified and inclusive economy.

Deputy Mayor Forgette stated, “A key theme arising from our sessions, and from the community, was the need to be “united” not only as a Council, but also as a community. It is extremely important we collectively deliver on this.”

“I am very supportive of what Council has developed as a framework and committed to advancing our community,” said Mark King, Chair of Community Services.

With the introduction of the Strategic Plan Framework, Council will embark on a community engagement process.  This process will gather feedback from the community at large, as well as key stakeholders.  Once the community engagement process is complete, the framework will be transformed into a Community Strategic Plan which will guide the city into the future.

Chair of Engineering, Works and Environmental Services, Tanya Vrebosch, stated,   “Engaging input from the community is an important component to developing and gaining City-wide support for a longer-term strategic plan and I look forward to this process.”

A copy of City Council’s Strategic Framework is available through the City’s Web site, City Council’s Strategic Plan Framework.

Read Mayor Al McDonald's Speaking Notes.