With the imminent growth of this area, we must ensure that we are prepared for the impact upon our city and community. We need to establish a clear vision and definitive plan for today AND tomorrow, looking at where we want to be and what we want to look like five and ten years from now. Housing starts, business proposals, industry expansion, schools, etc. all need to fit into an overall picture of what we want our community to look like in the future. We need to know where and how proposed development fits in with our community priorities and plan. Not only will this facilitate a pro-active approach to construction of roads and provision of services, it will save costs as we reduce the reactive upgrades and re-construction due to unanticipated demands due to growth or change. It means that we focus on best practices for today while implementing next practices for tomorrow!
City and country must continue to reside next to each other and be considerate of each other as good neighbours. We must learn to appreciate and protect the agricultural land in and around our area, and we would do well to encourage local food production and consumption. It is imperative that, in all situations - in industry, in recreation, in the individual decisions we make - we consider the impact to the environment. We must be good stewards of the world in which we live.
Our community plan must include a plan to make this community the place people want to live - - - not simply the place you go to earn a lot of money; not the place you go to work because it is the stepping stone to the job you really want or the place you really want to be, not the place you go because there are no other options - - - this is where individuals and families choose to live! In order to be that kind of community, we need to continually be looking at new options for affordable housing, reasonable taxes, as well as increased education, arts, and recreation opportunities.