Monday, March 26, 2012

New Vision and Direction for GABP

We listened to you. Last year, the Board circulated a questionnaire to all members requesting input into a variety of issues related to land use planning in the county. As a result of that input, GABP is embarking on an extensive review of our mandate.
GABP was founded  more than 20 years ago in an environment of planning chaos in Grey County, but our world has changed (on the main for the better) and GABP needs to consider whether it should change with it. Some of the key findings from the research that are underpinning GABP's new strategic planning exercise are:
  • more than half of respondents feel they don't have sufficient knowledge about provincial, county or municipal regulations governing land use;
  • more than 60% feel there is a need to become familiar with these regulations;
  • more than 90% feel there continues to be a need for an organization such as  GABP to advocate for better, or new, land use policies and practices in our county;
  • some 46% feel that GABP should become more activist;
  • more than 75% cited one or  more planning issues of concern with rural industrialization and the environment at the top of the list.
At the February, 2012 Board meeting, GABP began its strategic planning review with an extensive SWOT analysis that listed the group's strengths (S), weaknesses (W), opportunities (O), and threats (T). The plan is to follow this with a discussion on the organizational culture and values of GABP. Hopefully, we will have this part of the strategic planning process finished before our AGM on April 21. 

The expectation is that the new Board voted in at the AGM will then set new goals and objectives and future programs. It's a long process, but it's the first time in 20 years we've stepped back to look at GABP itself. We'll keep you apprised of progress.

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