Sooke Mayor Wendal Milne

District looks for public input on strategic plan

Sooke residents are encouraged to express their opinions online

  • Apr. 3, 2013 9:00 a.m.

on April 8, 2013 will offer an opportunity for Sooke citizens to comment on the Corporate Strategic Plan that will guide the District of Sooke’s decisions for 2013-2014.

The draft District of Sooke Corporate Strategic Plan was developed at a workshop held February 8 and 9, 2013 attended by council and the Chief Administrative Officer. Council then met with staff to establish projects and objectives with timelines and the resources required.

The community will now have the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Corporate Strategic Plan on April 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the District of Sooke council chambers, 2205 Otter Point Road.

The Corporate Strategic Plan outlines the community’s top four strategic priorities;

•Fiscal Responsibility,

•Town Centre,

•Economic Revitalization,

• Community Planning.

“The Strategic Plan is one of our most important documents for planning for the community,” Mayor Wendal Milne said.  “The public input meeting on April 8 is a great opportunity for citizens to influence the direction of our community.”

Every district decision and strategic direction will relate to the plan – from the district’s sustainable future, sense of community, economic strength and community well-being, to strategic service delivery. As such, it is critical that the plan reflects the community’s priorities today.

The draft plan may be viewed on the District website at:  www.sooke.ca. A comment form may also be downloaded from the website. To find the strategic plan, go to the website and click on “Documents & Forms” at the top of the web page, then go to District Plans and the Corporate Strategic Plan will appear, scroll down and click on “Comment Form.”

The guiding principles from the Official Community Plan include: Sooke’s thriveability, sustainability, environmental stewardship, economic diversification, Smart Growth, culture of the arts, leisure and recreation, community inclusion, regional collaboration and preserving Sooke’s character.

Feedback received through the public input meeting and comment forms prior to April 17, 2013 will be considered before the new plan is finalized and adopted on April 22, 2013.

For more information, tel: (250) 642-1634, email: info@sooke.ca

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