Waite Park enters the next phase of the strategic planning process

WAITE PARK – Waite Park officials are entering the next phase of the city’s strategic planning process.

During Monday’s business session, Perme and Peterson Associates, the consultants hired by the city to lead this process, briefed council on the next steps in the overall outline for developing the plan.

Amber Peterson After reviewing feedback from last month’s Future Search event, eight guiding principles were developed by the group – industrial/commercial development, transportation, environment, entertainment, housing, public safety, recreation and education.

Municipal administrator Shaunna Johnson says the event highlighted that there are many municipal policies and structures currently in place, but it is now about taking a detailed approach on how to use these structures to achieve the desired vision by the community.

Peterson says the next step is for the board to determine what steps need to be taken to ensure those goals are achievable.

The group will meet again next month to further explore the city’s priorities over the next 3-4 years with respect to the comprehensive strategic planning vision of 2043.

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