June 24, 2010
Media Release

York Region to plan vision for next 40 years to 2051

Start of the 40-year visioning term, 2011 also marks 40th anniversary of York Region
NEWMARKET -York Regional Council today endorsed a 40-year timeframe for the next update to The Regional Municipality of York’s vision statement, currently known as Vision 2026.
While commemorating the past 40 years since 1971 when the Region was incorporated, the Region’s next vision exercise will ask residents to look forward 40 years to the year 2051 to describe the kind of Region they want to exist.
“Our challenge is to address significant long-term trends with meaningful actions while at the same time following a vision that is resilient, progressive and realistic enough to stand the test of time,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “A longer term outlook is necessary to ensure we take the right steps during the coming decades that anticipate the needs of our successors in the future.”
Vision 2026 outlined what York Region residents wanted to see occur over the next 25 years.  Since its release in 2002, both the Province and York Region have developed key initiatives that influence the way we do business in York Region.  To keep pace with these developments, York Regional Council wants to ensure our vision statement reflects and builds on recent successes, including innovative and progressive concepts in sustainability that are already incorporated, or will be, over the coming years.
“Faced with significant growth, we have become more aware of the need for sustainable actions in areas such as climate change, energy, transportation, waste management, water resources, social infrastructure, social diversity, an aging population, housing demands, human services and the safety needs of our population,” said Town of East Gwillimbury Mayor James Young, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee.  “We need to anticipate the changing landscape and establish priorities and actions to guide York Region.”
Like Vision 2021 before it, Vision 2026 was based on direct input from residents, stakeholders and regional staff.  Similarly, a consultation will occur throughout the remainder of this year and an updated vision document, Vision 2051, will be completed for Council’s approval next year.
Vision 2051 will be developed using the same objectives used to develop Vision 2026:
• To reflect changes and emerging issues and trends in York Region and beyond
• To recognize the Region's expanded mandate
• To co-ordinate strategic initiatives
• To guide business planning in the Region
• To provide an opportunity for residents to think and talk together as a community about what kind of place they want York Region to be
The new vision will build on key policies, including the Sustainability Strategy, the Regional Official Plan, Climate Change Discussion Paper and the Best Practices for New Communities Discussion Paper.
The consultation on Vision 2051 will be primarily web-based and utilize an interactive feedback process.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1238, 416 297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675
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