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Strategic Priority Update

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A year into their 2023-2027 Strategic Plan, Cumberland Council is pleased with their progress so far. After the 2022 general local election, the Council developed their Strategic Plan and outlined three strategic areas of focus to guide the Village over the next four years: a Diverse and Healthy Community; Sustainable Service Delivery and Asset Management; and Community Planning.

“We are continuously working towards the goals outlined in our Strategic Priorities, along with emerging issues that arise” says Mayor Vickey Brown. “Council and staff worked hard to develop these goals and ensure there was staff capacity to reach them, and we are proud of what we’ve achieved in our first year. I am impressed with the community engagement on the transportation plan which includes active travel planning, and the fantastic work our planning department has done to smooth and modernize our development processes. I’m excited to move forward on the next pieces of the plan.”

Some of the projects that are nearing completion in the first year include implementing a communications strategy, a bylaw enforcement strategy review including a new nuisance abatement bylaw, completing the Transportation Master Plan and the Climate Action Plan, and modernizing and streamlining the development application process.

As these projects wrap up, we are looking towards the next three years. The main goals are to finish the wastewater treatment system upgrades, protect the Perseverance Creek watershed, reconstruct the dam at the No 2 drinking water reservoir to bring it into seismic compliance, complete the Official Community Plan review, the Arts and Culture master plan and the Accessibility and Inclusion Plan, support the development of non-market housing opportunities, and continue our goal of meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Towards the goal of effective regional partnerships, the Village is also participating in the regional Parks and Trails service, tourism services, and the development of an active travel route to Courtenay.

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