Council Strategic Planning

City Council Approves New Strategic Plan
Camrose City Council approved a new Strategic Plan at their September 15, 2014 Council Meeting to outline strategic priorities and initiatives for the next five years. View the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan here. Residents can also watch their utility bills for an insert that outlines a summary of the Strategic Plan and the public input major themes.

What is Strategic Planning?

At its simplest level, strategic planning is the process of (1) understanding where you are right now, (2) determining where you want to be in the future, and (3) planning how to get there by choosing what areas to focus on first and determining how to best use limited resources.

Strategic Plan to Align with Municipal Sustainability Plan
The City’s updated Strategic Plan will align with our Municipal Sustainability Plan (MSP), adopted by Council in 2010, which sets out a vision of where our community wants to be in 2055 and beyond. The Strategic Plan will determine which areas we will primarily focus on in the next five years to move us closer towards achieving our long-term goals and vision for Camrose.

Astounding Public Input
As Council started the strategic planning process in the spring of 2014, Council members wanted to hear from Camrose citizens regarding their priorities and pressing issues. The public was provided with three avenues for providing input between May 1 and June 17, 2014: an online survey, a paper survey, and in-person Community Conversation Sessions. The response rate was incredible – over 1,200 surveys were submitted and dozens of residents attended the sessions. City Council would like to thank the community for their time and thoughtful participation in the strategic planning process and is seeking to address the issues citizens have raised.

Strategic Plan Priorities & Initiatives
After reviewing the extensive public input, the City’s long-term planning documents, and deliberations with Council and Administration, the following four areas emerged as strategic priorities for the City to focus on over the next five years:
  1. Plan for infrastructure projects and maintenance and their funding options,
  2. Enhance effectiveness and efficiency of government processes,
  3. Develop and/or update municipal policies and long-term plans, and
  4. Assess municipal service levels.
Council further established 31 Strategic Initiatives which are large projects that aim to move the City closer to fulfilling its long-term outcomes established under the Municipal Sustainability Plan. Please view all 31 Strategic Initiatives in the Strategic Plan above.

The Strategic Plan sets out focus areas that will direct the work of Council and Administration in the coming months and years. It will be reviewed and updated often to ensure it is useful and relevant to changing circumstances and community needs.

Public Consultation Top Issues
During the public consultation process, the top three issues raised from citizens were:
  • the need for public transportation,
  • a new or improved Aquatic Centre, and
  • enhanced road and sidewalk maintenance.

Public Consultation Top Issues
City's Plans to Explore Issues
Public Transportation
  • The Community Transit Advisory Committee has been examining public transportation options and costs for Camrose. The Committee recently recommended that the City seek Expressions of Interest to gauge if there are any groups or companies who may be interested in providing transit service in Camrose.
  • The report was received as information and it is anticipated that their recommendations will be reviewed further as part of the 2015 Operating Budget deliberations.
Aquatic Centre
  • The City will soon be seeking the assistance of consultants in fall 2014 to complete a Feasibility Analysis Report to assess the current building as well as future options to better meet the needs of the community.
  • Public consultation about the Aquatic Centre will be held in early- to mid-2015.
Road and Sidewalk Maintenance
  • Council will examine this issue as part of a larger project called Municipal Service Level Assessment to determine if the transportation maintenance service level and its associated costs require changes.