Lethbridge, Alberta "Towards a Sustainable Future"
Status: Adopted in 2007
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TO BE A HEALTHY, ATTRACTIVE AND ECONOMICALLY VIABLE CITY
TO SERVE OUR RESIDENTS AND GUESTS, TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP, AND TO ASSIST THE COMMUNITY IN ACHIEVING THE VISION
I am pleased to introduce Towards a Sustainable Future, Lethbridge City Council’s three-year strategic plan for 2007 through 2010. The last City Council achieved some important goals: the elimination of the City’s tax-supported debt, the commencement of the energy efficient SunRidge subdivision, and the construction start for the West Lethbridge Centre. This Council has not wasted any time in developing its own plan for the future of Lethbridge. It has worked quickly to put the finishing touches on Towards a Sustainable Future because it recognizes there is a great deal to be done before the end of its 36 month term. City Council has also included measures of success so that it can be held accountable for results.
Towards a Sustainable Future reflects City Council’s commitment to engaging citizens in important decisions about the future of our community. In drafting this plan, City Council drew on feedback received on November 7, 2007 during a Community Engagement Meeting held in City Hall. This public consultation process brought together a number of Lethbridge citizens representing a cross-section of the community in terms of age, cultural backgrounds, and occupations. It was particularly gratifying that young people, sometimes described as the silent members of our community, were not only present, but were actively engaged in the discussions.
Another feature of Towards a Sustainable Future is the attempt to link it to deeply held community values. Lethbridge citizens like the size of our community: large enough to offer a wide range of services and retail and cultural experiences, and small enough to preserve a small-town sense of community. They value our wide range of recreational and leisure opportunities, believe in the power of volunteerism, the virtue of social inclusiveness, and the importance of environmental stewardship.
There is one other characteristic that defines Lethbridge, that sets it apart from many other communities. Lethbridge citizens are proud of our reputation as a “smart community.” They recognize that the Lethbridge College, the University of Lethbridge, and the two agricultural research facilities on our doorstep have changed the nature of our city. We are still a small prairie city, but at the same time we are also a centre of learning and research that has captured the attention and admiration of communities around the world.
Towards a Sustainable Future sets out a strategic direction for City Council’s three-year term that is firmly grounded in the values and aspirations that define Lethbridge. With the adoption of this document, City Council will begin the task of making our imagined future a reality.