2019 Corporate Plan, including 2018 Annual Report and financial statements received by Council
The Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) Council received the 2019 Corporate Plan, including 2018 Annual Report and financial statements at the regular meeting of Council on June 25. The Corporate Plan is the RMOW’s key strategic planning document, updated annually in June. It provides strategic direction to the organization through goals, strategies and actions, as well as performance and progress measurement.
Monitoring and reporting Whistler’s progress toward the community’s vision is essential to provide transparency, inform decision-making and work plans, and enable continuous improvement.
Monitoring results indicate positive or stable trends in many corporate and community areas, including community and visitor satisfaction with Whistler as a place to live and visit, as well as with community programs, infrastructure and the economy.
There is a need to focus on some areas where satisfaction levels are trending downward or that reflect concern from the community. Recent performance measures show that satisfaction with some aspects of community life have decreased such as opportunities for learning and input into municipal decision making, while affordability issues remain an ongoing concern and key environmental indicators are not yet meeting formal performance targets.
Reviewing the current community landscape is an important element of corporate planning each year. “Whistler is an ever-evolving resort community, and annual priorities are determined thoughtfully,” explained RMOW Chief Administrative Officer Mike Furey. “Current considerations include a growing population, and aging infrastructure, maintaining long-term economic, social, and ecological resilience, and managing local impacts of Sea to Sky Corridor growth.”
The municipality is in a strong financial position, with a continued focus on fiscal responsibility planned in the coming year.
This year, Council’s priorities were incorporated into the Plan, along with the draft updated Community Vision – the result of the RMOW’s community-wide project to update Whistler’s Vision and Official Community Plan. The RMOW goals are:
- Community character and mountain culture is reflected in municipal initiatives.
- Municipal decision-making supports the effective stewardship of natural assets and ecological function.
- Corporate policies and operations ensure continuous excellence in infrastructure, facility and program management.
- A high level of accountability, transparency and community engagement is maintained
- Corporate financial health is optimized to ensure long-term community success.
- A vibrant local economy and safe, resilient resort community is effectively reinforced by organizational activities.
Each municipal department’s work plan contains key projects and deliverables that support the organizational priorities. This year, municipal projects include: finalizing Whistler’s updated Vision and OCP, continuing to deliver workforce rental housing, prioritizing environmental and transportation initiatives, investing in infrastructure, parks and trails improvements, and much other policy and planning work.
“The community is feeling Whistler’s growing population and visitation in recent years,” said Mayor Jack Crompton. “The 2019 Corporate Plan demonstrates Council and staff’s commitment to addressing pressures on housing, transportation, affordability, and community character, and environmental matters such as climate change.”
Much was accomplished in 2018, including updates to the Official Community Plan and Vision, progress on workforce rental housing, community wildfire protection, way-finding and Gateway Loop improvements, upgrades to the Nester’s Waste Depot and Emerald Water System, completion of a new sports field and many more.
View the detailed Corporate Plan and latest monitoring results at whistler.ca/CorporatePlan.