Monday October 2, 2023 | LANGFORD, BC
by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends [EVENT REPORT about the OCT 4, 2023 OPEN HOUSE]
The City of Langford has launched its first 2023-2027 Draft Council Strategic Plan, releasing the document on September 21.
Developed over the past months, the draft Plan articulates Council’s vision and values, and sets bold objectives that the City says will guide them in addressing the urgent challenges related to continued growth in population, public health, housing unaffordability, increasing infrastructure costs, social inequity and climate change.
The Council Strategic Plan is centered around six strategic priority areas, with individual objectives in each of those areas.
For each objective, the Plan sets out an estimated timeline and whether the planned work is currently funded or will be funded in future budgets.
Overall, the 2022-2026 council aims to “create a vibrant, thriving, inclusive and climate resilient community by making informed decisions for current and future generations including residents, businesses, and visitors”.
Even the Strategic Plan document itself has a people-friendly introduction from Mayor and Council, including their personal signatures.
The current council is headed by Mayor Scott Goodmanson, with councillors Kimberley Guiry, Colby Harder, Mark Morley, Lillian Szpak, Mary Wagner, and Keith Yacucha.
The Plan also recognizes the City’s important role as an advocate for those critical services beyond a typical local government mandate, including health care, transportation, housing, and education, and commits to proactively supporting partners doing this critical work for the community.
In developing the Plan, it was clear to the city that — like so many communities across Canada — the growing municipality is facing “a diverse and complex set of crises so immense that they require the entire community to define a shared set of goals and to continually come together to address these crises”.
With all of this in mind, Council welcomes input from the public on the 2023-2027 Draft Council Strategic Plan. They are hoping this will “ensure that the diverse needs of all citizens are heard”. Addressing those needs with solutions will be the further work of council.
A copy of the 2023-2027 Draft Council Strategic Plan is available at LetsChatLangford.ca. That’s a new public engagement portal launched by the City this summer.
Langford Council will consider approval of the Council Strategic Plan at their October 23, 2023 Council Meeting.
Draft 2023-2027 Council Strategic Plan | Fall 2023 public input timeline:
- September 21 – Public Engagement Commences – Survey open for public input
- Wednesday October 4 – Public Open House – 3 pm to 8 pm | Eagle Ridge Community Centre, 1089 Langford Pkwy
- Saturday October 7 – Council Engagement Pop-up – 10 am to 2 pm | Goldstream Farmers Market at Veterans Memorial Park, Aldwynd Rd
- Tuesday October 10 – Council Engagement Pop-up – 10 am to 12 pm | Poncho’s Café, 115-755 Goldstream Ave
- Sunday October 15 – Public Engagement Closes (survey closes at end of day)
- October 16 to 22 – City Staff Consolidates Data and Produces Staff Report to Council
- Monday October 23 – Council Considers Strategic Plan Approval