West Nipissing council has started the wheels in motion to create a Strategic Plan.

According to Jay Barbeau, the municipality’s CAO, West Nipissing has never had a Strategic Plan that encompasses more than economic initiatives.

Barbeau says some communities create Strategic Plans covering 20 years with reviews during the ensuing years.

But the plan for West Nipissing is to create a five-year plan.

Mayor Joanne Savage expressed an interest to have the plan completed before council begins budget deliberations for 2020.

Savage says that means the plan would need to be in place by the end of January.

Barbeau says the consultants that council eventually hires to put the plan together would meet with council to help identify priorities.

The consultants would also use focus groups.

Later during the council meeting councillor Dan Roveda raised the issue of creating an Active Living committee.

Roveda said this committee would work in collaboration with other groups and not compete against them.

However, the formation of this new committee was postponed until the Strategic Plan is in place at the suggestion of councillor Lise Senecal.