This column appears in the April 17, 2015 edition of the Burlington Post.
Residents often ask me how they can become involved in the future of our community.
I believe one meaningful way is through our strategic plan.
Our strategic plan determines where our city will be going over the next four years and in the future, how we will get there and how we will know if we were successful.
I am asking you to be engaged in updating our strategic plan for 2015-2018.
The process involves a review of the city’s vision and the setting of priorities and goals.
Our online and telephone surveys are complete, but there are more ways to get involved. The workbook for planning the future of Burlington is available until April 26.
The workbook can be found online at www.burlington.ca/strategicplan or you can call 905-335-7600, ext. 7378 to have a copy mailed to you.
There will also be an opportunity to weigh in when the draft plan is presented publicly.
The strategic plan for 2011-2014, entitled Burlington, Our Future, featured three strategic directions, including vibrant neighbourhoods, prosperity and excellence in governance. More than 4,000 people participated in the creation of that plan through various engagement opportunities.
I believe we made great progress on the priorities and goals set out by the city in that plan.
I would like to highlight just a few of our many achievements.
To foster vibrant neighbourhoods, we renovated Centennial Pool and the Mountainside Recreation Centre, are completing our Community Trails Strategy and are on track to add more than 40 kilometres of bike lanes between 2009 and 2015.
We made strides in prosperity with the reorganization for the Burlington Economic Development Corporation, complete with an updated strategic plan and clear key performance indicators.
We have also worked towards furthering excellence in governance with new and improved online customer service initiatives, focused infrastructure investment and a service-based budget in 2015.
What goals will be set in our updated strategic plan? Connect with us at www.burlington.ca/strategicplan.
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