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Council Wraps Up Strategic Planning Sessions

May 1, 2013 -

On Tuesday night, Kingston City Council wrapped up their two-night Strategic Planning Sessions at St. Lawrence College. The annual sessions bring Council together to reflect on progress in the 2011-2014 Strategic Plan and re-confirm priorities. 

"These sessions are a great opportunity for Council to reflect on the priorities we set for our term and confirm where we're going for the next two years," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "If we want to stay at 2.5% tax rate increase, we have some tough choices ahead and we heard that over the last two nights, but we're committed to achieving everything we set out to do."

Night One

The sessions opened with a presentation from Gord Hume, a leading municipal advocate, on how municipalities are facing increased pressures and competing global realities. Council then heard updates from senior staff on the progress in the strategic plan and a presentation of Kingston's 20-year planning horizon and infrastructure plan, including financial considerations.

Night Two

After reviewing the existing infrastructure projects in the Strategic Plan, Council requested staff report back to Council prior to the 2014 capital budget on how the expansion of the airport, Wellington Street project, the third crossing, and a reconstruction of the Division Street fleet maintenance facility could be phased into the long term infrastructure and financing plan. The 2014 capital budget will reflect the next phases of John Counter Boulevard from Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard to Princess Street. Council also provided staff direction to come in with options for a 2.5% tax rate increase for the 2014 budget.

"Having the opportunity to meet with Council for strategic discussions is most valuable," said Chief Administrative Officer, Gerard Hunt. "It ensures that a progress report on priority areas is provided and enables Council to consider changing circumstances in providing direction for the future."

The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan identifies six key priorities of Council for their term, outlines the community goal to become Canada's most sustainable city, defines the four pillars of sustainability, and establishes major capital work priorities for the term. Each year Council comes together to review the Strategic Plan, reflect on the needs of the community, refocus, and provide staff with direction on the year ahead.

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Media contact: For more information call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

Or Mark Gerretsen, Mayor of Kingston
(613) 546-4291 ext. 1405