May 16, 2002

Program to strengthen public accountability and efficiency of Region's planning activities


NEWMARKET – York Regional Council today endorsed a work plan for a program that will strengthen public accountability and enhance the Region's planning and development activities.

"The Enhanced Performance Measurement Program for planning will enable the Region and our nine area municipalities to identify areas of improvement and share best practices," said Regional Chair Bill Fisch. "Through ongoing monitoring and performance measurement, this will generate operational efficiencies and cost savings in the long term."

The program is also consistent with the goals of the Region's 25-year strategic plan, Vision 2026, to increase public accountability in the delivery of cost-effective, high quality services to residents and businesses.

Led by the Region, in consultation with the nine area municipalities, the new Program expands on the work completed each year for the Province of Ontario Municipal Performance Measurement Program.

The phased work plan for the Enhanced Performance Measurement Program gives priority to developing planning performance measures that:

Staff will provide regular progress reports on the Program, including a mid-year report to Regional Council.

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