Vaudreuil-Dorion seeks citizen input for its five-year strategic planning survey


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Vaudreuil-Dorion Pro-Mayor and District 3 Councillor Jasmine Sharma said the city is seeking the public’s suggestions on how to improve the social and cultural dynamics of its social development policy through an online survey available on the city’s website.

Vaudreuil-Dorion is encouraging its residents to participate in a strategic planning survey that will help the city shape its priorities over the next five years. The goal of the city is to determine how it will evolve in its efforts to improve and promote new aspects regarding the existing dynamics of its social and diverse cultural base by making the city more inclusive for all its citizens.

Strategic planning is a reference tool that will allow the city to properly define its priorities and issues over the next few years. The city enlisted help from Grisvert Inc., a human resources consulting firm specializing in this type of process. Representatives have already met with elected officials and employees over the past few months to gather insights into what the city wants to promote in terms of future strategic planning.

Employees already consulted

“This summer, Grisvert spent two days with elected officials and various city directors to really find common ground as to what the vision and the basic main aspirations are for the city in years to come,” said Pro-Mayor and District 3 Councillor Jasmine Sharma.

Municipal employees were also engaged in the process in September. “Over 100 employees participated in the discussions. They gave concrete ideas for projects that could be realized under our various aspirations,” said Sharma.

Five main aspirations

The results from these consultations resulted in the city adopting the following vision; Vaudreuil-Dorion – A warm and welcoming city, the gathering place for a vital, engaged community.

Five main aspirations were determined – developing a harmonious and sustainable living environment, being an active and healthy community, making diversity a source of wealth, promoting culture, and encouraging everyone’s participation in the collective wellbeing of the community.

Citizen input

The city has already started seeking input from residents. A booth was set up during the open house at the fire station on Rue Forbes on October 19 asking for suggestions. Other booths will be set up at the library, Cité-des-Jeunes swimming pool, Centre Multisports, and the arena.

A completed report will be submitted by Grisvert to the city by November, said Sharma. “It will contain all the ideas that were submitted by employees, citizens and by various social, cultural and community organizations within our territory.”

Grisvert conducted a similar survey in Granby which resulted in over 600 ideas and projects being proposed, said Sharma. “They’re not deleting anything. They’re actually going to be putting everything together and categorizing them by their different aspiration areas,” she said.

City will determine feasibility

“We’re going to really look at everything when we prioritize proposed projects come November. We’re going to see what’s feasible in year one, year two and so on. Obviously there are resources and budgets that need to be respected,” said Sharma.

The city wants citizens to make all types of suggestions.

“Everything is open,” said Sharma. “Some suggestions could be for projects that are already underway. This will validate some of the things we’re already doing but hopefully there will be some new ideas that will emerge from this process that will be stimulating.”

Results of the survey will be revealed to the public in spring 2020. The online survey is available at fr.surveymonkey.com/r/Strategic-planning2020-2025.

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