Look­ing for feed­back

Town of Strat­ford launches res­i­dents sur­vey

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

The Town of Strat­ford is ask­ing its res­i­dents for in­put on is­sues that in­clude the tran­sit sys­tem and lo­cal buy­ing habits.

The town launched its fifth an­nual res­i­dents sur­vey re­cently.

Past sur­veys have helped the town make de­ci­sions on cos­metic pes­ti­cides, traf­fic safety, the farm­ers’ mar­ket and the cre­ation of a com­mu­nity gar­den.

Mayor David Dun­phy said the process has be­come an in­te­gral tool for coun­cil and staff in mon­i­tor­ing progress as well as mak­ing de­ci­sions about the fu­ture.

“In fact, we just re­cently launched a new ini­tia­tive called Snow An­gels, based on sug­ges­tions re­ceived through the sur­vey last year,’’ Dun­phy says.

Snow An­gels is a pro­gram that iden­ti­fies se­niors and res­i­dents with dis­abil­i­ties, ill­ness or oth­ers who need help with snow re­moval.

The pro­gram then con­nects them with vol­un­teer res­i­dents who are in­ter­ested and able to help them.

This year, in ad­di­tion to on­go­ing top­ics such as phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, gov­er­nance and safety, the sur­vey in­cludes a new se­ries of top­ics, such as ask­ing ques­tions about res­i­dents’ knowl­edge and use of the T3 Tran­sit sys­tem, their lo­cal buy­ing habits and opin­ions about po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment and zon­ing op­tions for the town.

Dun­phy said coun­cil will be re­view­ing the town’s zon­ing by­law over the com­ing year and it’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand res­i­dents’ thoughts on how and where de­vel­op­ment will hap­pen.

“We also want to be sure our new and ex­ist­ing pro­grams such as ‘sup­port lo­cal’ and the T3 Tran­sit have the great­est pos­si­ble im­pact. Feed­back through the sur­vey helps us do this.’’

Res­i­dents can com­plete the sur­vey on­line by vis­it­ing the town web­site or go­ing di­rectly to www.Townof­S­trat­ford.ca/An­nual

A print ver­sion of the sur­vey will once again be dis­trib­uted to all res­i­dents in the com­ing weeks. The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is Mon­day, March 7.


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