Municipal Cultural Planning

BUILDING A STRONG CULTURALLY VIBRANT COMMUNITY  Strong communities understand the past; embrace and enrich the present; and anticipate and plan for the future.  With this in mind, the Municipality of Dysart et al began a cultural planning programme, with key community partners, in June 2011.  This programme complements and enhances the current planning initiatives of the Municipality.  Following a dynamic public engagement process, Council adopted the Municipality’s first municipal cultural plan in 2012.

WHAT IS A MUNICIPAL CULTURAL PLAN  The Municipal Cultural Plan is an economic development plan, which focuses on arts, culture and heritage.  The Plan provides direction for cultural planning initiatives over a 10 year planning period, and will be reviewed after 5 years to ensure success. It outlines the strategic directions; the vision and guiding principles; the goals and objectives; and the recommended actions to be undertaken during the planning period.  The Plan is designed to coordinate and enhance the actions of the Municipality and community groups.  It will be implemented through the actions of the Municipality and supported and advanced by the actions of community partners and stakeholders.

KEY PLAYERS  Dysart et al’s cultural planning programme is designed as a community based approach.  Implementation of the Municipal Cultural Plan is overseen by the Cultural Resources Committee, which has wide community representation including members from the Municipality, the Haliburton County Development Corporation, Fleming College Haliburton School of Art + Design, the Haliburton County Library, the Rails end Gallery and Arts Centre, the Haliburton Highlands Museum, the Arts Council – Haliburton Highlands, the business community, the recreation community, the youth community and the media.

RESULTS ORIENTED PLANNING  A vibrant community is a community that residents are proud to live in.  The cultural planning programme leverages the cultural resources of this community and integrates the potential these resources offer into the strategic, land use, cultural, economic and operational planning systems of the Municipality.  It is one more tool that we will use to build a vibrant community, where businesses want to locate and where people will choose to live, visit and invest.

CULTURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE  The Committee meets regularly on the fourth Friday of the month in the Dysart et al Council Chambers.  Coordinated by Director of Planning and Development, Patricia Martin, the current community representatives include Chair and Councillor Andrea Roberts, Councillor Tammy Donaldson, Sandra Dupret, Bessie Sullivan, Kate Butler, Laurie Jones, Jim Blake, Chris Lynd, Roxanne Casey, Kyrie Stoll and Jan McMaster.

Meetings are open to the public and electronic agendas, minutes and reports can be accessed through the link on the sidebar.