For the next five years, Gravenhurst council will be guided by its new Strategic Plan.
The plan was approved Nov. 28 during a special meeting at the Centennial Centre.
Work on it began in March with help from Strategy Corp., a consulting firm based in Toronto.
Council, staff, and residents were brought into the discussion and helped to form the three main pillars of the plan: community vibrancy, sustainable growth, and effective municipal services.
Mayor Heidi Lorenz says as Gravenhurst grows, council needs to balance maintaining what brought people to Gravenhurst while creating places and opportunities that allow the town and its residents to grow.
Lorenz says it will help guide council as they face challenges like housing availability and affordability, pressures because of inflation and an overburdened healthcare system, and the continuing threat of climate change. “Our strategic plan is a roadmap that will help us navigate these challenges as we work towards our vision of building a community where everyone can thrive,” said Lorenz.
Scott Lucas, the town’s Chief Administrative Officer, points out the plan is fluid and will be updated over the five years it’s in place.
“As we go forward, staff will report to council on the progress made under the plan and we will also share this information with our residents,” he said.