Comprehensive Community Planning Project Is Now Underway
Seskehko:wa / September 20, 2015
The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is pleased to announce that a planning process for a Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) is now underway. In April of this year, MCA retained the consulting firm of MNP LLP to begin working on the first stages of the CCP. For the next few months, there will be a series of community meetings, focus groups, and online surveys to collect feedback from community members on how they see the community of Akwesasne evolving over the next 20 to 30 years.
What is a Comprehensive Community Plan?
A CCP or Comprehensive Community Plan is like a blueprint for change for the community. It will have goals, actions, policies, objectives and maybe even timelines and work plans about what ‘Akwesasne People’ want for their community over the next 20 to 30 years.
The purpose of the CCP project is to engage the Akwesasne community in comprehensive planning to build a roadmap to sustainability, self-sufficiency and improved governance capacity. Most importantly, the CCP belongs to the community, to the people. It will help guide the MCA leadership and administration to make decisions based on what the community wants.
How Does a CCP Work?
A CCP is the collective voice of community members that includes the children, youth, adults and elders. It will help provide a statement of objectives and policies to guide planning and in some cases, land use planning.
It will help Akwesasne to prioritize its goals and directions to guide the future growth of the community. It will provide policy guidance for programs and budgets, actions and services, provide a basis for coordinating land use direction and provide a degree of certainty for the membership, the business community and the surrounding municipalities and governments.
Over the next few weeks, there will be additional press releases and announcements regarding the CCP initiative and opportunities for the community to participate in meetings and focus groups.
For more information about this initiative, please visit the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Facebook page for regular updates. Or contact, Community Planner Penny Peters at 613.575.2250 ext.1054