An essential ingredient of a successful Plan is responding to the community to secure buy-in. That's often a challenge when there are many opinions and ideas. A strong Plan is one that has a clear vision, that responds to the actual issues, that is open to new ideas and is not afraid of being bold, but is achievable.
Developing a vision is key to strategic planning. The focus must be on building on the strengths of St. George today, and defining a path for a better tomorrow. The vision is intended to communicate the desired future for the town and to motivate and coordinate the actions required to achieve that desired state. We are facing challenging economic times and an unprecedented situation with Covid 19. But that’s where innovative thinking is needed, and the process of developing the Plan needs to inspire the community.
A Plan needs to be clear, uncomplicated and flexible. We know this plan must respect, support and build on other planning work – such as the World Heritage Site Management Plan. It must also be grounded in reality, and based on fact, so we need to pull together as much relevant information as we can about the town and the social, economic, natural and historic environments in which it functions. In addition to getting feedback from the community through the online survey, we will also be meeting with various stakeholder groups to better understand their concerns, needs and ideas. There is a well of diverse knowledge within the community. We need to be able to listen to each other and learn.
A Plan needs a well-defined set of objectives or goals that have been tested, refined, and prioritised in response to all identified constraints and opportunities. Once these are established and agreed, the actions and resources needed to achieve these goals can be identified. To be effective, the Plan needs to identify who will undertake each action, over what the time frame and at what cost.