February 21, 2002
NEWMARKET – Following 14 months of public consultation and rigorous review, Regional Council today adopted the final draft of Vision 2026, a strategic document that takes a fresh look at the Region's goals, plans and initiatives for the next 25 years.
"We have listened to what people want York Region to be in 2026," said Regional Chair Bill Fisch. "Vision 2026 reflects the spirit of the input received."
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. It 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, a strategic blueprint for creating strong, caring and safe communities in York Region, includes the following eight goal areas that 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. "This will keep Vision 2026 off the shelf and will ensure we 'make it happen'," said Regional Councillor Frank Scarpitti and Chair of the Planning and Economic Development Committee.
Since November 2000, York Region organized a total 21 meetings and workshops to involve as many participants as possible in the consultation process, including members of the public, area municipal councils and staff, Regional staff and a special gathering with the Region's youth.
From April to June 2001, phase I consultation involved finding out what people liked or disliked about the Region and which priorities they felt the Region should focus on. More than 240,000 copies of the Vision 2026 – Help Us Shape York Region's Future brochure were circulated
across York Region last year, with comments received by telephone, e-mail, regular mail and at workshops. From the input received, a draft Vision document was developed. From September to November 2002, phase II consultation involved testing the draft document to see if people felt their input was accurate in the document.
Vision 2026 will be launched in April and will include its distribution to the public and stakeholders. The document will also be posted on the York Region Web site.
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