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Council Strategic Plan

In addition to regular tasks related to the general administration of the Town (e.g. council meetings and minutes, public inquiries, budgeting, bylaw enforcement and general operations) municipal staff focus their efforts to making progress on various matters which council has determined to be corporate priorities. New matters that arise and come before council from time to time may be considered for action if there are sufficient resources available or if the matters are of sufficient importance and urgency to warrant displacement of one or more items already on the priority list.

2017 Strategic Plan - District of Houston

Council's strategic plan for 2017 is built on eight major issues affecting the community of Houston:

1) Economic Diversity

With the impact of the reduced Allowable Annual Cut in the Morice Timber Supply area and the loss of major industry, Council recognizes that the forest industry will be faced with difficult decisions in the near future. As forestry is the primary employer in Houston, the District recognizes that the local economy is vulnerable to any market adjustments which may occur in the future.

As such, Council has determined that it will pursue economic diversification as a strategic objective. This will include promoting economic diversity within Houston in order to broaden the base of primary employment in our community. Diversification to other types of employment will help the District adjust to future changes in industry.

2) Human Resources

The District recognizes a fully staffed and engaged team is necessary to deliver services to citizens and achieve strategic goals. This eyar the District will examine ways to attract more candidates for vacant position, and ways to ensure the current staff are engaged and retained.

3) Town Beautification

The District is committed to maintaining and improving the vibrancy of Houston. The District will continue to focus on revitalizing the downtown core, improving business facades, and ensuring Houston has many attractive and enjoyable places for visitors and residents alike.

4) Parks Master Plan

Houston has a bounty of parks with great potential to be signature spaces for recreation and events in our community. The District will complete a Parks Master Plan to guide investment in all recreation services in the community.

5) Airport Development

The District's municipal airport offers the community a potential source of economic growth. In 2017, the District will complete a land use plan for the airport that will guide future investment and development of the airport.

6) Asset Management

The District owns many valuable and important assets necessary to deliver services to the residents of Houston. In 2017 the District will take important steps to ensure it is managing the assets in a fiscally responsible and sustainable manner for current and future generations.

7) Partnerships

The District works with many other local governments and organizations to deliver services to residents of the region. IN 2017, the District will continue to strengthen partnerships with local First Nations, other local governments and other agencies such as the School Board.

8) Healthcare

The District recognizes the importance of locally provided health services to its community. In 2017, the District will continue to attract medical services and promote the use of local services.

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