Cla­rence-Ro­ck­land sets ob­jec­tives for the next th­ree years

Vision (Canada) - - Actualités • News - ALEXIA MARSILLO [email protected]

Half­way through the Cla­rence-Ro­ck­land 2015-2021 Stra­te­gic Plan, coun­cil has out­li­ned its ob­jec­tives for its re­mai­ning th­ree years.

Among these ob­jec­tives are the re­vi­ta­li­za­tion of the down­town core, the de­ve­lop­ment of a bike path and cy­cling sys­tem and the pro­mo­tion of in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial growth. The goals set out for 2018 and for 2019-2021 are wi­thin the realm of the Plan’s four main pillars: sense of com­mu­ni­ty, health and well­ness, fi­nan­cial sta­bi­li­ty and en­vi­ron­men­tal res­pon­si­bi­li­ty.

These pillars were iden­ti­fied through com­mu­ni­ty feed­back that was ga­the­red in 2015, when the Stra­te­gic Plan was first ini­tia­ted. The 2015-2021 Stra­te­gic Plan, al­so known as Des­ti­na­tion Cla­rence-Ro­ck­land, was de­ve­lo­ped in or­der to de­fine the Ci­ty’s vi­sion and to set goals and ob­jec­tives that can be met in a th­ree or four year time per­iod.

Spe­ci­fic goals for 2018 in­clude de­ve­lo­ping street im­pro­ve­ment plans and holding re­gu­lar bu­si­ness as­so­cia­tion mee­tings as part of the long-term mis­sion of re­vi­ta­li­zing the down­town core of the Ci­ty. In or­der to in­crease eco­no­mic de­ve­lop­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, the Ci­ty of Cla­rence-Ro­ck­land in­tends to im­prove the Coun­ty Road 17 and High­way 174 cor­ri­dor. The in­ten­tion is to liaise with the Uni­ted Coun­ties of Pres­cott-Rus­sell (UCPR) and the Ci­ty of Ot­ta­wa to pre­pare a brief for the pro­vin­cial and fe­de­ral go­vern­ments re­gar­ding fun­ding.

This ob­jec­tive is one of Ro­ck­land coun­cil­lor Jean-Marc La­londe’s main prio­ri­ties for his re­mai­ning months left on the Coun­cil, as he told Vi­sion last week. Ano­ther one of La­londe’s prio­ri­ties has made the list – to de­ve­lop Mou­lin Park in or­der to pro­mote more tou­rism and re­crea­tion in the Ci­ty.

Through se­ve­ral work­shops and on­line sur­veys, over 1300 com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers hel­ped iden­ti­fy the Plan’s four main pillars pre­vious­ly men­tio­ned. Ap­proxi­ma­te­ly 23 work­shops were held from April to June 2015 and a to­tal of 474 people at­ten­ded. On­line sur­veys were al­so avai­lable from May to Ju­ly, in which 812 re­si­dents en­ga­ged.

In to­tal, the num­ber of par­ti­ci­pants who gave some sort of feed­back re­pre­sen­ted about four per cent of the Ci­ty’s po­pu­la­tion. Par­ti­ci­pants were as­ked to iden­ti­fy strengths, weak­nesses, op­por­tu­ni­ties and threats they saw to the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

A 96 per cent im­por­tance was pla­ced on road re­pairs and the Ci­ty re­cei­ved a 22 per cent (ca­te­go­ri­zed as “poor”) le­vel of sa­tis­fac­tion for this ser­vice. Tran­sit and down­town re­vi­ta­li­za­tion re­cei­ved the se­cond-lo­west le­vels of sa­tis­fac­tion, each at 25 per cent. Re­cy­cling, gar­bage, fire and re­scue, and po­lice were among­st the top le­vel ca­te­go­ries in terms of sa­tis­fac­tion, in the 70-80 per cent range.

So far, on the re­crea­tion and tou­rism front, the Ci­ty has ac­com­pli­shed a goal it set out in 2015 – the he­ri­tage tour of si­gni­fi­cant his­to­ri­cal sites in Cla­rence-Ro­ck­land. In terms of well­ness and health, the Ci­ty has been ap­pro­ved for a $ 96 000 grant from the On­ta­rio Mu­ni­ci­pal Com­mu­ter Cy­cling Pro­gram (OMCC) to be used for a cy­cling plan and path in Vil­lage Mor­ris Park.

Al­so, in the ca­te­go­ry of eco­no­mic de­ve­lop­ment, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, in col­la­bo­ra­tion with the UCPR, has se­cu­red a $ 40 mil­lion com­mit­ment from the pro­vince for the wi­de­ning of Coun­ty Road 17. The work has not yet be­gun, nor is a start date known.

—pho­to d’ar­chives

À mi-par­cours du Plan stra­té­gique de Cla­rence-Ro­ck­land 2015-2021, le Con­seil a dé­fi­ni ses ob­jec­tifs pour les trois pro­chaines an­nées. Par­mi ces ob­jec­tifs, men­tion­nons la re­vi­ta­li­sa­tion du centre-ville, le dé­ve­lop­pe­ment d’une piste et d’un sys­tème...

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