On October 15, November 8 and December 5, 2019, members of the Lac Ste. Anne County Council and Administration participated in strategic planning workshops to consider a future direction for the County and build a framework for a Strategic Plan for 2020-2023. The workshop objectives were to identify a shared vision for Lac Ste. Anne County; and the components of a strategic plan that would provide guidance to development of operational plans. The strategic planning horizon was for the next three to five years, with business plan goals extending three years, and operational plan objectives to guide the work of staff for one year.
Scope and Outcomes
In identifying the scope of the anticipated outcomes for these plans, participants agreed that the County had a strong organizational foundation that is operating well. While there were some lingering issues that needed to be addressed and brought to a conclusion, maintaining a consistent focus on a set of clear longer-term priorities would enable the County to achieve considerably more in the next five years.
The primary focus of the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan is to define strategic objectives with achievable outcomes that are distinct from the standard operating initiatives the County undertakes year after year. Because activities like budgeting and capital planning are undertaken during the regular course of work, there is no distinct outcome or completion point to these activities. While a vital part of municipal government, these activities are not in themselves strategic objectives. These plans will continue to be discussed and developed on a continual basis.