Salmon Arm Strategic Plan 2013 – Survey Report Released

Survey snipThe idea of the strategic plan is to help the city move towards the goals of the Official Community Plan.

The survey obtained input from both residents and community organizations and is available here on the city website plus a hardcopy is available at city hall.

* Image snipped from the city report. Click on it for a larger view.

Residents were asked to rank their top priorities for the following 9 general goal areas.

1. Natural Environment, Agriculture, and Climate Change
2. Utilities and Public Works Infrastructure
3. Transportation Infrastructure
4. Arts, Culture and Heritage
5. Economic Opportunity
6. Parks and Recreation
7. Social Support and Housing Diversity
8. Sustainable Community Development
9. Partnerships and Relationships

I’m still working my way through the survey results and will comment further when I get a chance to digest them more fully. At this stage though, the following stand out:

  • There are some interesting results in the relative rankings
  • Most respondents seem to want most things done right away in the “short term” (not financially or logistically viable imo)
  • The high ranking for the less-than-glamorous but essential-city-functions of maintaining water, roads and sewage
  • The desire for the city to be both the leader and the medium for aligning community vision and planning

Check it out to see the input from 308 residents and 58 community organizations.

Plus, your findings on the survey’s key findings?

Author: Tim Lavery

Aim High Salmon Arm It matters

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