Thursday, April 12, 2012

Public Invited To Participate In Online Survey

 Community Surveys
 Invite Input to Strategic Plan

Following 8 community workshops involving over 350 participants, the City is now inviting further comment from the public on the corporate strategic plan through an on-line survey. The survey will be distributed through the Strategic Planning Blog on April 17th, with completion required by April 23rd.

The on-line survey offers an opportunity to rate the overall concepts that have developed from the input so far. Some common themes have emerged and, although these are preliminary concepts, they indicate that the community is concerned with eleven main themes:
  • Diversified economic growth with benefits for everyone
  • Environmental protection and sustainability
  • Financial planning and asset management
  • Governance, communications, and consultation
  • Nanaimo’s image/brand
  • Recreation, arts and culture opportunities
  • Social inclusion and supports
  • Transportation challenges and alternatives
  • Unique and friendly neighbourhoods
  • Vital non-profit sector
  • Waterfront and downtown as a destination
 The Blog provides more detail on this input which includes the results of the community leader interviews and the workshops involving the general public, community organizations, seniors, teens, and the business community.

The Strategic Plan’s goal is to set a policy framework to link all existing City plans, and to establish priorities for municipal investments over the next 3-5 years. Councillor Jim Kipp, chair of the Steering Committee states, "We're starting to capture a picture of what residents want us to prioritize for the future. We hope the public participates in the survey to help us rate these ideas."

Mayor, Council and City staff are participating in internal workshops to reflect on community input and add their own insights and perspectives. Two additional community surveys will be distributed in May and June and a Wrap Up Community Forum is planned for June 6. Final presentation of the Strategic Plan is scheduled to come before Council on July 9.

To participate in the first survey, members of the community must sign up on the Strategic Planning Blog, or send an e-mail to by April 16th. The Blog can be accessed through the city’s website .


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