The Canton City Council voted unanimously in December to approve the working draft of the city’s Roadmap for Success, a document that has been a year in the making. Much time, consideration and thought were put into the development of the road map, which will serve as a guide and call to action for how stakeholders envision Canton should operate through 2035.
The plan is outlined in detail at www.cantonga.gov, under the Latest News tab.
“This is an important time for the city of Canton, and its growth and development must reflect how our citizens and stakeholders choose to live, work, play and serve, to achieve full potential,” Mayor Bill Grant said. “Decades of leadership and collaboration have positioned Canton for greatness, and continued partnerships in city and community building must enlighten our strategic path forward.”
The roadmap was designed with eight guiding principles, or tenets, which will be incorporated into all city projects, initiatives and efforts moving forward:
1. Creating great neighborhoods.
2. Celebrating the diversity of our community.
3. Advancing regional economic success.
4. Enhancing historic downtown Canton.
5. Sustaining our natural environment.
6. Connecting citizens through parks and recreation.
7. Improving infrastructure for future demands.
8. Leading with excellence.
Each tenet includes action steps, a list of projects already underway, supporting documents, major partners and stakeholders, and measurable goals. In early 2021, the City Council will begin its next phase of the road map’s development by prioritizing and creating a timeline for the initiatives in each tenet. Several of the projects identified within the tenets will begin to take shape in 2021, and new projects brought to the city by developers will be held to the principles set forth by the road map.
“I want to thank my colleagues and our citizens for their trust and confidence as we continue this partnership over the next 15 years,” Grant said. “Our road map will make our decisions more efficient, and help to clarify our calculated tradeoffs, and we will hold developers and ourselves accountable to our long-term strategy.
“This road map will be a work in progress. We will make mid-course modifications as needed, and alter our route, based on clear metrics and continual public input, but our destination will not shift as we attain our status of Coolest Small Town in America.”