The 2020-2022 Recommended Corporate Plan outlines the City's plans and projects recommended for the next three years. At the Oct. 28-30 Committee of the Whole Corporate Plan meetings, Council will review the plan, discuss Administration’s recommendations and provide direction on what they’d like to see in the final corporate plan, which will be presented at the Nov. 25 Council meeting.
The City of Spruce Grove is in a time of transition, as we are shifting to operating as a mid-size city. With this shift comes a variety of opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed in the coming years.
Over the past few years we’ve been in the fortunate position of having a significant amount of growth. We have made investments and decisions based on our prosperity and those growth rates, including investing in capital and services that have resulted in a new Protective Services building, a new RCMP facility through a partnership with the Town of Stony Plain, improved underground infrastructure and local transit, along with a variety of service enhancements to our community.
However, growth rates have now slowed down and the City’s debt servicing costs, combined with inflation, added staffing requirements to respond to previous years’ growth, and launching a local transit service, have had a significant impact on our financial position.
As a result, changes to the City’s current financial trajectory need to be implemented. Administration recommends that 2020 be a reframing year, during which time Administration will confirm fiscal philosophies, align planning processes and review service delivery in response to Council’s strategic direction.