Action Plan is a year-long process where citizens, City Council and City staff establish our future direction for the next four years, and find the right balance between investing in quality public service and affordable tax rates. It’s a big conversation about serving a great city. From March 3 – 21, 2014, The City engaged citizens online, and in the community including mall, parks, pathways and farmer’s markets.
On April 28, The Action Plan engagement results were presented to Council. These results reflect the diverse and thoughtful opinions, priorities, concerns and community aspirations of participants. A huge thank you to all Calgarians who took the time to provide their input to Calgary’s future!
When input from all the engagement streams was consolidated together, several key themes and some consistent priorities emerged:
• Transit - An efficient and reliable public transit network was identified as a top priority consistently across engagement input streams.
• Affordable Housing - This emerged as a priority across input streams, expressed as impacting everything from cost of living, to social isolation, to job talent attraction.
• Other Transportation - While public transit emerged as a priority on its own, it is clear that how Calgarians get around is a top-of-mind priority, specifically in regard to vehicles, pedestrians and bikeways with noticeably different responses based on geographic location.
• Other Community/Urban Planning - Community safety, local parks and amenities, and urban sprawl were commonly recurring priority choices.
• Efficiency/Effectiveness - There was an expressed desire for improved demonstration of spending efficiencies in municipal service delivery, particularly regarding the desire to see better communication about efficiency and effectiveness.
• Taxes/ Tax Rates - There was an expressed preference to maintain service levels, even if accompanied by tax rate increases. There was also recognition that property taxes could be a burden to those with lower or fixed incomes. Also noted was the need to better inform and demonstrate where tax dollars are spent.
Council used the information in the engagement report to inform their decision on Council Priorities at the May 5 Strategic Planning Session of Council. Over the summer months, City Departments and Business Units will use Council’s Priorities along with the engagement information as they develop their 2015 – 2018 business plans and budgets. In November, there will be opportunities for citizens and stakeholders to provide comments and thoughts on the consolidated draft Action Plan 2015-2018, including an opportunity to present at Council’s Public Hearing as deliberations start on 2014 November 24.
The complete Action Plan Engagement report is available on the Action Plan website
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