On June 22, 2011, Halton Regional Council approved “The Citizens’ Priorities – Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan” which sets out Council’s work plan and agenda for the next four years.
Included in the Action Plan are 25 priority areas ranging from fiscal responsibility, planning sustainable communities, protecting public health and public engagement, as well as measurable key initiatives and key actions. The plan serves as a framework for decisions on fiscal, policy and operational matters and forms the foundation to effectively align the priorities established within the Region’s budget and business plan.
The Action Plan has been developed to be a living, responsive document that will be reviewed annually to reflect its progress. Regional Council will also use this annual review period to reflect any changes in the Region’s economic outlook or changes in Federal or Provincial government policy direction.
It’s also fundamentally different from any strategic plan we’ve ever developed at the Region because we worked closely with the community at the beginning of the process and listened to what the community told us was important. Working with the community in new and innovative ways helped the Region develop priorities, initiatives and actions that reflect what residents like about living and working in Halton and what to focus on to make it even better. Some of the ways the community shared their thoughts included:
- a phone survey and focus groups (403KB) with Ipsos Reid
- an online survey through Halton’s website
- input from Councillors on the top five Regional issues (15KB) they heard from constituents when they were on the campaign trail
- the first ever Halton Region Citizens’ Reference Panel
- a public roundtable meeting
- online consultation and comment opportunities
The Action Plan will not only guide the work that Halton does on a daily basis, it will also provide a way to measure both Regional Council’s and staff’s performance and achievements in a way that is clear and easy to understand. It contains measurable priorities and actions that act like a report card, so that each year residents will be able to clearly see all the great things we have achieved for the taxpayers of Halton.
I would like to thank everyone for their participation in this very important process. Together we are ensuring that Halton Region remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
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