County Strategic Plan Survey

It’s not just Cobourg who is developing a Strategic Plan for the next term of Council – Northumberland County is now seeking resident input.  It’s notable that the County is approaching creation of its plan differently – they are starting with a survey instead of Cobourg’s approach of asking for comments on a draft plan.  The survey has only three questions and they are very general – see below.  Compare this approach to Cobourg’s (as outlined in an earlier Post), and Port Hope’s which asks for an update on their 2019-2022 plan and Brighton who are holding four public meetings where residents help create their plan.  But residents of Cobourg are also in Northumberland County so this is a survey we should be looking at.

The County survey is primarily online but also available in hard copy at locations throughout the County – see Resources below.

Survey Questions

  1. What do you love about the community of Northumberland? What do you value most about your local community within the County?
  2. How do you envision Northumberland in 10 years? What are the key changes you would like to see?
  3. What actions can Northumberland County take to make your vision a reality? What actions can community members take?
County Strategic Plan Survey
County Strategic Plan Survey

For each question, a comment box is provided for your response.

To make sure responses are civil, they will be moderated. There’s a long document outlining moderation policy.  The survey is outsourced to Granicus who provide EngagementHQ Software and manage the moderation. (EngagementHQ was previously “Bang the Table”).

But before asking the County to do something or improve something, it helps to be aware of what they are responsible for – here is a list:

Services provided by the County are:

  • Social Services (e.g. Welfare)
  • Affordable and Subsidized housing
  • Long Term Care – Golden Plough Lodge
  • Major Roads and Bridges
  • Waste Collection and Management
  • Paramedics (Ambulance Service)
  • Economic Development (also provided by Towns)
  • Tourism (also provided by Towns)
  • Forest Management
  • Archive Management

You might also want to read the full announcement by the County on creating a Strategic Plan.  Go here.  It’s got a lot of generalised comments about how and why residents can participate.  Included is the statement:

Connect in-person to share your feedback at one of our ‘community conversation’ pop-up locations around Northumberland later in May (locations to be announced shortly).

The County makes it clear that this survey is only one of many sources of input.

No timeline is provided nor are we told who is pulling the plan together.


Survey Hard Copies

Locations in Cobourg where hard copies will be available starting May 15.
They will be postcards that can be mailed in or put into drop boxes at the same locations

Cobourg Locations

  • Northumberland County Headquarters, 555 Courthouse Road, Cobourg
  • Victoria Hall, Finance Department, 55 King Street W, Cobourg
  • Cobourg Public Library, Cobourg Branch, 200 Ontario Street

Postcards will also be delivered by Canada Post to a random sample of households across the County between May 15th and 26th.

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12 May 2023 12:54 am

I don’t remember surveys from years past. What I recall is electing people who knew the community, had experience and were knowledgeable about future needs and growth. I am not sold on so much citizen input – afterall I did not elect the citizen.
However today councils can be persuaded to building poor projects by individualist groups as we saw here recently in Cobourg – the injection tents.

Last edited 22 days ago by Dave
11 May 2023 6:32 pm

Plans! Plans! Everywhere a plan! Results? Results?

Cobourg taxpayer
11 May 2023 5:19 pm

It would be wonderful if all the plans being prepared around here actually had tangible results. Anyway I did my civic duty and completed the survey in a civil manner.

Old Sailor
11 May 2023 1:32 pm

I have never seen survey instructions before that included the phrase “To make sure responses are civil, they will be moderated. There’s a long document outlining moderation policy.” Sounds like “survey law enforcement” is standing by…………

For my two cents the #1 priority should be to get on top of the Homeless situation right now. It is only going to get worse this summer for the Homeless, local citizens and businesses if no plan is enacted.

Reply to  Old Sailor
11 May 2023 9:33 pm

Peterborough plans to fill a parking lot with cabins?, shanties – whatever you want to call them, it has yet to go up for public review Old Sailor. Good? Bad? Worse? The neighbours who say they are being harassed by the present tent dwellers are expressing concern. The timeline is still vague.

Old Sailor
Reply to  Dave
12 May 2023 9:54 am


The Peterborough solution is not the answer. I prefer say a two year plan with measurable progress/accountability, which results in one location which is not near schools or King Street, with services to deal with the problems. Provincial support would be needed.

Reply to  Old Sailor
12 May 2023 11:21 am

I don’t agree with it at all Old Sailor. I think another solution needs to be found other than cabins.

Old Sailor
Reply to  Dave
12 May 2023 11:27 am


I am not for cabins at all. Just one location/facility to deal with the homeless. No point scatterng them around town.

Reply to  Old Sailor
12 May 2023 11:34 am

I don’t have a problem with dealing with original Cobourg homeless, but many homeless out-of-towners are showing up in Cobourg…Send them back where they came from!

11 May 2023 11:14 am

Dear me…Another plan!

Jennifer Darrell
11 May 2023 8:15 am

Another very useful and informative post from John. The summary of what Services are provided by the County should be especially useful for those who lack knowledge of municipal government. Thank you John.