By MorinvilleNews.com Staff
Morinville – Residents had two opportunities Thursday to take a final kick at the cat with the Town of Morinville’s Municipal Sustainability Plan (MSP), a document that will guide and shape Morinville over the next quarter century.
As part of the public consultation process, residents were invited to attend one of two sessions to provide final input and feedback on the project that began in 2009 and has been developed over the past 18 months. The first draft of Morinville 2035: Growing Together outlines the community’s long-term vision grounded in six sustainability pillars representing all aspects of the community: governance, cultural, social, economic, environmental and infrastructure.
Kim Wieringa, project manager with the Town of Morinville said the document is Morinville’s first MSP and that just how elaborate a community’s MSP is varies from one community to the next.
“Morinville has decided as part of its growth the need to be assertive and forward thinking and have it as our long-term 25-year plan,” Wieringa told attendees Thursday morning. “We have the idea to take this MSP really seriously and as a result it is more than just a document.”
Wieringa explained that the document has established three to six goals for each of the six sustainability pillars as well as targets to indicate how the goals are going. The MSP will be used as a guide in developing business plans and three-year strategic plans.
Now that the final public consultations have been completed, the MSP will be brought to council at the Mar. 8 meeting for approval. A draft Strategic Plan based on the MSP will be brought to council during the Committee of the Whole meeting Apr. 15 and a 2011 business plan will be presented to council Apr. 12.
Wieringa explained the Strategic Plan is designed to be a bridge between the overarching MSP and the 2011 business plan.
Morinville 2035: Growing Together is available for viewing on the Town of Morinville website.