April 15 Special Strategic Plan & Budget GPC

The fourth in a series of GPC meetings occurred this morning at 8am. Of note is that the same general agenda has been used for the past 4 days with some items added and some items removed (such as the council motion to prohibit sheltering in certain parks) as we’ve gone along. The focus of today (the third 8am meeting in a row) was to finalize proposed amendments to the draft strategic plan, and unlike with the proposed budget amendments, an update document was not provided on today’s agenda. This made things hard to track.  Continue reading April 15 Special Strategic Plan & Budget GPC

April 14 Special Budget & Strategic Plan GPC

There was a 3rd meeting (video here) this morning as Council gathered in their GPC format to finalize amendments to the draft financial plan and start working on proposed amendments to the draft strategic plan. Once again it was an 8am meeting and Mayor Helps was actually the one who let me into City Hall this morning. She greeted me kindly and said that they had a media table set up for me in the Council chambers.  Continue reading April 14 Special Budget & Strategic Plan GPC

Are the two task forces the best option?

This is a little note to share something I learned from Rob Woodland, the City’s Director of Legislative Services (e.g., the guy responsible for council/committee proceedings & agendas/minutes). I asked him if it was unusual for Task Force terms of references (TOR) to go directly on Council agendas, and I asked because there is a Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Development and Prosperity and a Housing Affordability Task Force on the Thursday Council agenda as New Business and yet both of these items are for approval.  Continue reading Are the two task forces the best option?

April 13 Special Budget GPC

The meeting this morning started at 8am. City Hall was not publicly opened yet and many lights were still off. Council chambers were alive though and they will be alive at the same time for the next two days as the conclusion of today’s meeting only saw resolution of budget amendments. Strategic Plan amendments and Parks Regulation bylaw amendments still remain.  Continue reading April 13 Special Budget GPC

April 9th GPC Summary & Observations

There was a three hour meeting this afternoon (Early Thoughts here) that had an ambitious agenda – Council was supposed to consider public input on the draft strategic plan and draft financial plan. They were then suppose to make decisions on how to allocate $4.68 million dollars worth of money not currently accounted for in the financial plan. Some of this got done today. Continue reading April 9th GPC Summary & Observations

A Summary of the City’s draft Strategic Plan

As we move closer to the finalization of the City of Victoria’s draft Strategic Plan  and Financial Plan, I have created this article as an easy index of all my posts regarding Council’s plans for the next four years as reflected in their strategic plan. A document that was created through a series of five meetings, three of which were public in accordance with process report (available here) from Mayor Helps.

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Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 13

We briefly look at our final Objective of the 2015-18 Strategic Plan and wonder about just how Council for the City of Victoria plans to Demonstrate Regional Leadership. Continue reading Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 13

Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 12

Time is running short for reviewing Objectives identified through the draft 2015-18 Strategic Plan so now we look only very briefly at our next objective – planning for Climate Change! Continue reading Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 12

Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 11

I ran out of time in my daily review of Objectives identified through the draft 2015-18 Strategic Plan so now we look only very briefly at our next objective – and we note straight off, that despite it being a huge issue there are only a few vague items related to it. Continue reading Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 11

Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 10

Today we look briefly at Strategic Objective # 10:

Nurture Our Arts, Culture and Learning Capital

There are a number of Outcomes associated with this Objective that are spread out across the four years of this Strategic Plan.  Continue reading Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 10