The board of directors for the Cowichan Valley Regional District has adopted a strategic plan after more than 18 months of discussion and deliberation to guide the duration of its term of office and support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CVRD Corporate Strategic Plan 2020-2022 presents a series of strategic objectives chosen by the board to address the challenges facing the regional community. The challenges include the economic impacts of COVID-19, changes to climate, the health of Cowichan ecosystems and water resources, and the need for progressive growth management. Opportunities for reconciliation with First Nations are also reflected in the board’s objectives, as are resident expectations related to meaningful engagement, cost effective services and strong fiscal accountability.
“Finalizing this strategic plan has taken us longer than hoped, but our board is confident that the themes and actions we’ve identified will help the region emerge from COVID-19 with greater resiliency and a clear sense of purpose,” said Aaron Stone, board chair of the CVRD. “The interconnected nature of our themes and the need for balance in directing resources towards our objectives are two important aspects of this strategic plan that we trust our residents will recognize and appreciate.”
The plan includes both a vision and mission statement for the CVRD plus a series of principles and guiding aspirations, all of which collectively shape the five themes and their respective actions.
“The strategic plan is an important document for our residents to be able to understand the direction and priorities of our organization, and equally as important for our staff to use as a framework for the delivery of services,” said Brian Carruthers, CAO of the CoVRD. “I want to commend our board of directors for the many hours of thoughtful reflection and deliberation that they committed to establish this critical document.”
The CVRD Corporate Strategic Plan 2020-2022 was adopted at the regular meeting of the board on Oct. 28 and is now available to the public on the CVRD website.