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Strategic Plan 2012-2032


On behalf of my colleagues on Council I am pleased to have the opportunity to introduce you to the Strategic Plan for The Corporation of the City of Belleville. This guide is a very useful tool that is put in place for present and future Councils to help plan for the future of our thriving City.

It is essential for the success of the municipality to have prioritized long-term goals and the implementation of a Strategic Plan will help navigate our way toward meeting and exceeding those goals.

The Plan will help define our vision for the community and solidify the Corporation’s mission helping to make Belleville a better place in which to live, work, play and invest.

As you peruse the City of Belleville’s Strategic Plan I am confident you will agree that the City is moving forward in a viable and fiscally responsible manner.

Taso A. Christopher

Mayor

Our Strategic Themes

While the Vision and Mission Statements are key to the development of strategic directions, the needs and aspirations of the community need to be defined. This is accomplished by identifying strategic themes and objectives.

Strategic themes represent broad categories within which a number of initiatives would apply and strategic objectives define the separate elements or components of each theme.

The nine strategic themes that have been identified by City Council are:
A. Infrastructure
B. Industrial and Commercial Development
C. Residential Development
D. Transportation and Mobility
E. City Centre Revitalization
F. Culture and Recreation
G. Tourism and Waterfront Revitalization
H. Community Health, Safety and Security
I. Environment

A. Infrastructure

Infrastructure is defined as a strategic theme as we need to protect our investment in existing infrastructure through proper maintenance and provide for growth of the community through extension and expansion of infrastructure as required.

Strategic objectives:

  • Develop asset management strategies and programs to resolve delivery shortfalls and protect our investment in existing infrastructure
  • Plan for and invest in new or expanded infrastructure to establish sufficient capacity to provide for growth of our community
  • Invest in new infrastructure technologies to maximize efficiencies and better serve our citizens

B. Industrial and Commercial Development

Industrial and commercial development is defined as a strategic theme as we need to establish a foundation for economic prosperity in the future and ensure jobs are created for our citizens.

Strategic objectives:

  • Ensure suitable serviced employment lands are available to meet the needs of all potential industrial and commercial investments 
  • Market the City‘s unique strengths to attract leading-edge industries that provide high paying job opportunities
  • Encourage remediation and redevelopment of underutilized lands
  • Support initiatives that create an available skilled labour force, including programs to retain youth in the community

C. Residential Development

Residential development is defined as a strategic theme as we need to ensure a full range of housing options is available to meet the housing needs of our residents and to provide for growth of the community. 

Strategic objectives:

  • Plan for residential growth to meet our needs for 20 years and designate sufficient land in our planning documents to accommodate residential growth for 10 years
  • Provide for a variety of housing forms to reflect our changing demographics and need for affordability

D. Transportation and Mobility

Transportation and mobility is defined as a strategic theme as we need to ensure our citizens and businesses have access to and benefit from a full range of transportation alternatives in context with the changing needs of the community.

Strategic objectives:

  • Plan and develop a safe and efficient road and transportation system that addresses the needs of our residents and businesses
  • Develop a viable, affordable and accessible public transit system that addresses the needs of our citizens
  • Plan and develop transportation networks for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Encourage and support development and upgrading of transportation systems and networks beyond City limits that address the needs of our citizens and businesses

E. City Centre Revitalization

City centre revitalization is defined as a strategic theme as we need to improve the image of the City, counter urban decay and create an environment that will stimulate investment, create job opportunities and strengthen the City‘s regional role.

Strategic objectives:

  • Encourage the creation of a vibrant downtown, accented with pedestrian-friendly services and unique residential and commercial opportunities.
  • Promote the City‘s core as a centre for government, financial, legal and related services

F. Culture and Recreation

Culture and recreation is defined as a strategic theme as we need to create opportunities for residents to participate in meaningful cultural and recreational activities and enhance the City‘s quality of life and lifestyle including stimulation of community pride.

Strategic objectives:

  • Develop multi-purpose, marketable sports and recreation facilities 
  • Plan and develop a parks system with facilities and services that promote health and wellness and address the needs of an aging population and our youth
  • Support a culturally diverse community
  • Support the arts and preservation of our heritage
  • Promote beautification of the community through excellence in urban design

G. Tourism and Waterfront Revitalization

Tourism and waterfront revitalization is defined as a strategic theme as we need to stimulate new investment and job creation in the tourism sector and improve the image of our community through an enhanced waterfront.

Strategic objectives:

  • Promote and support the development of attractions, events, facilities and services that will draw visitors to the community
  • Encourage the creation of a vibrant waterfront based on recreation and entertainment, accented with unique commercial and residential opportunities

H. Community Health, Safety and Security

Community health, safety and security is defined as a strategic theme as we need to ensure our residents are safe and secure and to foster a caring and responsive community that is compassionate to the needs of all of its citizens.

Strategic objectives:

  • Support the establishment of responsive emergency and protective services with strong emphasis on prevention and preparedness to respond to emergencies
  • Support the provision of programs and services to reduce incidence of crime
  • Support and advocate for the establishment of responsive public health services and accessible medical care
  • Encourage development of a viable social safety net

I. Environment

Environment is defined as a strategic theme as we need to protect and enhance the quality of our natural environment to ensure there is clean water and air and a liveable environment, for the benefit of current residents and future generations.

Strategic objectives:

  • Provide facilities and support initiatives that reduce water and air pollution and limit noise and light pollution and ensure the availability and security of a safe drinking water supply
  • Promote energy conservation and use of alternative forms of energy
  • Provide and support effective solid waste management practices that include enhanced waste diversion initiatives
  • Preserve prime agricultural lands and support the development of viable agricultural activities

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