Earlier this week Halton Region, the City of Burlington and Stop Escarpment Highway Coalition held a public meeting to raise awareness about the proposed Niagara to GTA highway. More than 500 residents were in attendance. It’s great to see so many citizens getting involved and helping to shape the future of our community.
As Regional Chair I believe that the best decisions are made when citizens are engaged and involved. Public Engagement is a priority for Halton Regional Council and it is included in our Citizens’ Priorities 2011-2014 Action Plan.
Recently, Halton launched a new public engagement webpage, www.halton.ca/participate that centralizes many of our public outreach initiatives in an effort to make it easier for residents to find opportunities to provide input and engage with Halton Region.
The webpage is also available in the top three emerging languages in Halton, Simplified Chinese, Punjabi and Spanish, to encourage participation from all residents. Feedback from a cross section of residents is important as it ensures that our programs and services reflect the diverse values and needs of our growing community.
Public participation occurs in many ways including: surveys, public meetings, feedback forums, social media, design workshops and focus groups. Stay up-to-date about opportunities to engage with Halton Region by joining our online survey panel Halton MVP or visiting our website for information about public meetings, consultation on the Regional Official Plan Guidelines and more.
As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”