Gravenhurst focusing on priorities through strategic planning session
Paul Kelly (right) and the Gravenhurst Council held strategic planning sessions last week.
(Photo courtesy of the Town of Gravenhurst)
A strategic planning session by Gravenhurst Council is helping guide the town in its new priorities.
Held last week through the assistance of a facilitator named John Matheson, the council reviewed its current plan for goals and objectives between 2015 and 2020.
The council identified key priorities including housing, improved communication with residents, developing a master plan for trails and transportation and economic development and growth in the local economy.
Mayor Paul Kelly found the process very enlightening.
“This was a very helpful exercise that provided Council the opportunity to dialogue with each other about what is important to Gravenhurst, consider where we should be focusing our attention, and to take a moment to reflect on our current plan to better understand what’s working, what may need to be improved, refined or changed,” said Kelly.
From a group perspective, he feels the council will be able to keep an eye on long term needs while taking care of day-to-day decision making.
“Council may have a slightly different approach as to how we set priorities and achieve our specific goals, but we all share a similar vision and passion for Gravenhurst and at the end of the day, want what’s best for our citizens,” says Kelly.
Matheson of Strategy Corp. found the Town of Gravenhurst a positive group looking to achieve some important things.
“It was a pleasure working with Mayor Kelly and Council,” said Matheson. “They are a great mix of experience and new perspectives.”
Strategy Corp will now develop a condensed report that captures the essence of the ideas and priorities expressed by Council. It will return to Council Chambers in May for further review and consideration.