What do you like about living in Halton? What do you think Regional Council should focus on to make Halton an even better place to live, work, raise a family and retire? As we move into 2011 with a newly elected Regional Council, these are the questions we are looking for the community to answer as we create our new strategic work plan.
Over the next few months, Regional Council will be identifying the strategic priorities that we will focus on for the next four years through its strategic planning process. A key priority we want to ensure looking forward is that Halton’s residents continue to be engaged in their Regional government. As an example, citizen engagement is a priority for this Council as it develops its strategic work plan. We will be seeking citizen input on priorities in a number of ways including public forums, web-based applications, surveys and a new, innovative approach with Halton’s first ever Citizens’ Reference Panel.
On Saturday, January 29 there will be a Citizens’ Reference Panel Public Roundtable meeting where Halton residents can add their voice to the strategic planning conversation. The meeting will take place on the 29th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Road in Oakville. Residents are encouraged to register at http://www.halton.ca/strategicworkplan.
At this meeting, you will also have the chance to meet some of your fellow residents who make up the Citizens’ Reference Panel. In November, you may have received one of 10,000 letters that were mailed to households throughout the Region inviting residents to submit their names for a chance to participate on Halton’s first Citizens’ Reference Panel. After a great response, 36 people were randomly selected to be panelists and are meeting for four Saturdays in January and February. Their insights, along with input from the broader community received through other citizen engagement opportunities will help Halton Regional Council develop its new strategic work plan and set priorities for the next four years.
If you can’t come to the Public Roundtable on January 29, you can still give us your ideas by sharing your thoughts at http://www.halton.ca/strategicworkplan. Here you can either send us an email or complete an online survey.
Between all these various methods, at the end of the day we want to have a very strong strategic work plan that has been put together with real input from residents. Thank you for joining the conversation about Halton’s future.
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