April 23, 2002

York Region releases 25-year strategic plan

NEWMARKET York Regional Council released its road map to the future with the launch of Vision 2026, a strategic document that takes a fresh look at the Region's goals, plans and initiatives for the next 25 years.

"The thoughts and imagination of Regional Council, the public and staff have all helped to shape this important exercise in designing the future of York Region," said Regional Chair Bill Fisch.

Vision 2026 builds on the successful elements of Vision 2021, an earlier strategic plan approved in 1993 that led to the creation of 450 new programs and initiatives. Entitled "Creating strong, caring and safe communities", Vision 2026 reflects changes and emerging trends in the Region, including an expanded mandate that now includes human services such as social housing and public transit.

"Vision 2026 will create new success stories as we move into the next quarter century with a renewed vision and refocused priorities that address new challenges and responsibilities," said Regional Councillor and Markham Deputy Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Chair of the Regional Planning and Economic Development Committee.

Eight goal areas of Vision 2026 will set the context and provide a framework for the development of improved and future program and service initiatives:

An implementation strategy has been developed, providing details on reporting back, communications plans, education, future monitoring and review.

Vision 2026 is being distributed to those who participated in the public consultation sessions, the area municipalities, libraries, all Regional staff and the media. Copies are available from the Region's Planning and Development Services Department or by visiting the York Region Web site at www.region.york.on.ca

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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