I am pleased to share that after almost a year of collaboration between the community, City Council and city staff, Burlington’s 2015-40 Strategic Plan is ready for review and will be going to council early in the new year for final approval.
This strategic plan marks a departure in Burlington’s history as it looks forward 25 years, rather than the next four years as is the norm in many municipalities.
Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-40 will guide this council and future councils in their decision-making by encouraging common goals and planned investment. This plan is a result of year-long engagement that saw input from residents, businesses, community groups, city staff and members of Burlington City Council.
There are four key strategic directions outlined in the new strategic plan:
- A City That Grows – The City of Burlington is a magnet for talent, good jobs and economic opportunity while having achieved intensification and a balanced, targeted population growth for youth, families, newcomers and seniors.
- A City That Moves – People and goods move through the city more efficiently and safely. A variety of convenient, affordable and green forms of transportation that align with regional patterns are the norm. Walkability within new/transitioning neighbourhoods and the downtown are a reality.
- A Healthy and Greener City – The City of Burlington is a leader in the stewardship of the environment while encouraging healthy lifestyles.
- An Engaging City – Community members are engaged, empowered, welcomed and well-served by their city. Culture and community activities thrive, creating a positive sense of place, inclusivity and community.
Short-term implementation plans and medium-term policy documents, like the Transportation Master Plan and Official Plan (5-10 year renewal), will complement the long-term policy of the strategic plan.
We want to know what you think of the city’s new strategic plan. Is the draft plan in plain language and easy to understand? Has the plan captured what’s most important to you about living in Burlington? Is anything critical that is missing? To view the strategic plan, visit www.burlington.ca/strategicplan or request a copy by contacting email@example.com or 905-335-7600, ext. 7378.
The city is hosting four open houses on the Strategic Plan in December and January:
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Haber Recreation Centre
3040 Tim Dobbie Dr.
Community Room 2
7 – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Robert Bateman High School
5151 New St.
7 – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Burlington Public Library – Central Branch
2331 New St.
7- 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
LaSalle Park Pavilion
50 North Shore Blvd. E.
Main Hall (upper level)
7 – 9 p.m.
If you are unable to make the open houses, starting January 4th, please give your feedback online at www.burlington.ca/strategicplan. You are also welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime with your feedback or questions.
Note: A shortened version of this column will appear in the January edition of Snapd.