The District continues to evolve in the twenty-five years since incorporation. Our processes and thinking respond to a changing legislative framework, and to changing internal and external considerations and expectations.
Over the years there has been a significant amount of work undertaken to prepare master planning and guidance documents. The Groundwater Protection Plan, Heritage Task Force Reports, Trails Planning Documents and others will be operationalized to inform decisions.
2019 - 2022 Strategic Priorities
The Council Strategic Plan is guided by the Official Community Plan and the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) which provide the long term vision and path for the decision making of the Council.
The District’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan outlines the priorities for the Council term and projects the resource needs and planning required to complete the priorities within available resources and time.
Reviews will be conducted annually to ensure progress is being made, changing circumstances are responded to and opportunities are considered.As well, the financial implications of the strategic priorities are thoughtfully reviewed in conjunction with the District’s annual and longer term financial planning process. You can review the revised timeline for Council's identified strategic priorities through this link: https://www.highlands.ca/DocumentCenter/View/7957/Timeline-Update-Jan-2022
The District’s 2015-2018 Strategic Priorities document responds to these changes by evolving from year to year planning, to a longer term, representing the newly established four year terms for Council. This enables longer term thinking toward strategic priority setting. Reviews will be conducted annually to ensure that changing circumstances can be addressed should that be desired. As well, the financial implications of this strategic decision making can be thoughtfully reviewed in conjunction to our annual financial planning process.
There are a number of overarching objectives that were identified during the strategic planning process. These include:
• Protecting Highlands Rural Values
• Reduction of Green House Gases
• Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency,
• Public Health,
• Public Safety
• Environmental Protection
• Customizing and Implementing the Right to a Healthy Environment Resolution
• Improving Internal and External Communications
2013-2017 Strategic Priorities
The 2013 Strategic Plan document resulted from discussion that took place at Council's Strategic Planning Workshop held in December, 2012. The 2012 document added graphics and links to existing District OCP and ICSP policies in order to transform the document from a simply listing of Strategic Priorities into a more comprehensive product that connects the OCP and ICSP visions to the actual Priority Areas and resultant tasks.