The Town of Petrolia has been working on a strategic plan for 2024-2028 to help guide decision-making and define the vision for the future and identify the Town’s goals and objectives. The process includes establishing the sequence in which those goals should be realized so that the Town can reach the stated vision.
As part of the development of the 2024-2028 Town of Petrolia Strategic Plan, residents are being asked for their feedback through a short survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PetroliaStrategicPlan, by video chat submission through Video Ask https://www.videoask.com/fcvtqgtni or by a printed survey that is available at Town Hall and the Petrolia Farmers’ Market.
Chief Administrative Officer, Rick Charlebois calls the process, “…both interesting and important. It is the roadmap that staff use continually to ensure that the goals and objectives outlined in the strategic plan are met in the established timelines. The development of the strategic plan is also a good opportunity to revisit the vision for the town and the future of Petrolia.”
The questions are open-ended and allow for feedback on a variety of questions and ask the resident to think about 4 years in the future. Traditionally, a strategic plan for the municipality is for the 4-year term of Council. The strategic plan is referred to each time a report is sent to Council from staff for consideration, and Council use the document to guide decision making.
Kate Graham, Senior Advisor with Colliers Project Leaders is assisting with the development of the Strategic Plan and has added that “The best Strategic Plans are those developed through collaboration and by parties that are passionate about the organization. This process has been very successful so far as the Council for the Town of Petrolia and the staff are all very engaged and want the very best for Petrolia. The resident feedback is incredibly important to the process as the plan impacts them directly, and we want something that is the very best direction for Petrolia for the next four years.”