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

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

April 9 GPC Early Thoughts

Because tomorrow’s GPC meeting is a “special” meeting (e.g., not originally scheduled back when the city set its 2015 meeting schedule) it starts at 12:30pm instead of the usual 9:00am. The focus of the meeting tomorrow is for Council to consider public input on the draft financial plan and draft strategic planContinue reading April 9 GPC Early Thoughts

2015 Budget E-Townhall Recap

Last  night was the first ever E-Town Hall at the City of Victoria, an event held to collect public input on how to spend the 2014 operating surplus in accordance with the draft strategic plan. Continue reading 2015 Budget E-Townhall Recap

Priority Based Budgeting – Objective #9

Today we looked at Objective # 9: Complete a Multi-Modal and Active Transportation Network. As noted in this draft Strategic plan (see pages 12-13), this was the most popular objective with possibly the largest number of associated Outcomes and Actions. I have made a direct clip of their Feb 3 discussion of this objective and provided it below. Continue reading Priority Based Budgeting – Objective #9

Priority Based Budgeting – Objective #8

Today we look at Objective #8: Enhance and steward public spaces, green spaces and food systems in the City of Victoria’s draft Strategic plan (see page 11). Fun fact is that when the plan was being built, this objective was actually #1. I have made a direct clip of their Feb 3 discussion of this objective and pasted it in below. Continue reading Priority Based Budgeting – Objective #8

Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 7

Today we also looked at Objective # 7: Facilitate Social Inclusion and Community Wellness. As noted in this draft Strategic plan (see pages 8-9), this is a popular objective with many associated outcomes and actions. I have made a direct clip of their Feb 3 discussion of this objective. Continue reading Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 7

Priority Based Budgeting – Objective # 6

Today we look at Objective #6: Make Victoria More Affordable to examine Council intentions and plans for financing proposed initiatives.  One point of caution regarding this objective is that associated items also seem to appear in various other areas of the City’s draft strategic plan, which will either make things more efficient or cumbersome going forward when the City moves towards implementation and assessment of their efforts.

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