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IVGID board, staff map out strategic planning timeline

Josh Staab
jstaab@sierrasun.com

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline Village General Improvement District trustees and staff worked last week to formulate a timeline for an overall strategic plan that will include master plans for its venues.

"As a prerequisite to major policy decisions, it will be important to finalize the mission, vision, values and mantra," said Steve Pinkerton, IVGID general manager, at the board's June 4 workshop. "We didn't get through a process to put together a true (strategic) plan to blueprint strategy over the next six years."

"What are the fiscal climate issues we are facing?" Pinkerton later added. "Beyond environmental issues, who are our customers; whom are we serving? I think we need to refresh that."

The timeline could last through the summer before a final draft is created some time in September 2015, to be presented for board approval, according to IVGID.

During their June 4 discussion, trustees and staff agreed they must develop a vision, mantra and values that the strategic plan must adhere to — and that, in the months leading up to September, those elements must be agreed upon before moving forward.

With a timeline in place, Pinkerton believes the partnership IVGID formed with Chicago-based CoralBridge Partners earlier this year to help identify the strategic plan's core elements has run its course, and the district can move forward free from any added assistance.

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"We want (CoralBridge) to come back at some point, but at this point it is the board's responsibility to finalize this timeline," Pinkerton said.

IVGID Engineering Manager Brad Johnson then updated trustees and the public on the status of each master plan for the district's venues.

"It's about reaching into the community, what they expect, where resources go, why they want changes, what works and what doesn't," Johnson said. "Which facilities are falling apart? Were they designed toward an older mindset? Because this is about looking forward."

Johnson then spoke about a vision for the future of the venues that clearly defines and reflects the community's wants, and gives the community an opportunity to understand.

"Informing the public is extremely important," he added.

Johnson laid out a timeline for developing each master plan, which could last from June 2015 through December 2016. In that time, IVGID officials would assess existing facilities, perform studies and conduct community outreach.

By next December, Johnson hopes draft master plans could be presented to the board.

IVGID treasurer Kendra Wong suggested developing a timeline for long-term planning might be beneficial to the public as well as trustees, in order to update them on a regular basis for preparedness.

Johnson agreed.

"You're constantly watching industry trends," Johnson said. "The board gives staff direction that having current and updated plans is good business. Developing a beaches master plan in 1970 and promptly ignoring it for 40 years is not forward thinking."

The Board of Trustees will next meet for its regular June board meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at The Chateau.

As for upcoming master plan meetings, trustees are scheduled to gather at 6 p.m. July 15 at The Chateau to discuss next steps in the Diamond Peak master plan process.