Nipawin's strategic plan taking shape

By Charlene Tebbutt
May 30, 2018 - 10:00am

The Town of Nipawin continues to work on a new strategic plan, mapping out the town's goals and priorities over the next five years.

The strategic plan was created last November, in order to outline the community’s goals until 2021. The town hired a consultant to help develop the plan, which included analyzing costs and finding savings, reviewing the operation of the business improvement district, and a downtown revitalization study. The plan also looks to future needs, such as the possible implementation of a development levy.

A public meeting was held earlier this month, the second this year, to give the public a chance to review the plan and offer feedback. Nipawin Mayor Rennie Harper said the plan is focused on the needs of residents in the community, such as safe routes to schools for children and sidewalk improvements to assist seniors.

“A strategic plan is a dynamic thing … as things change, you grow it and you move it,” Harper told northeastNOW. “It’s a vision for the people.”

Barry Elliott, chief administrative officer for the Town of Nipawin, said the plan is part of the town’s efforts to “get our own house in order,” and includes reviewing bylaws, policies and assets to ensure money is being well spent. The plan also highlights the need to continue building relationships with other communities and the province, he said.

 

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