City launches facilities survey

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July 2, 2015 8:15 AM

The City of Lloydminster is in the process of developing its Facilities Master Plan, a document which will identify the city’s needs in terms or recreation, educational and public safety facilities and lay out an outline to plan as far as 25 years into the future.

“We need to learn what the community needs, what its wants and aspirations are. So the only way that we can do that is by engaging with them and so were trying to do that in a multitude of different ways,” facilities general manager Pete McHugh said. “The first stage is gathering the information.”

Starting July 7, the city, along with consulting group WSP Canada, is starting its first round of public consultations to determine facility needs. From July 7 to 9, the city and its consultants will be conducting group interviews with facility user groups, like sports teams, and asking questions relating to how the facilities work for them.

Also on July 7, a public meeting will be held at the Centennial Civic Centre from 7 to 9 p.m. The city is inviting residents to attend to learn about the work that is being done and how the process will unfold. There will also be an introduction to the Community Household Survey, which focuses on recreation and cultural facilities. The voluntary survey, which will be available on the City of Lloydminster website from July 7 to 31, is open to an adult representative from each household to fill out.

“Community input will be vital as we set priorities for the next 25 years,” said Terry Burton, director of planning and engineering, in a press release. “Our goal is to provide world-class facilities that are meeting the needs of our residents both now and into the future.”

The public consultations don’t stop there. The city is also in the midst of developing its Transportation Master Plan and is seeking input as well. The transportation survey asks residents to select their top transportations issues and improvements and can mark areas of concern on an interactive map of the city. The survey can be filled out at www.lloydminster.ca/TMP2015.

“The information collected in this survey will play a big part in our long-term planning for transportation infrastructure,” Burton said in a press release. “All residents who use the transportation network in our city, whether it be by car, bicycle or on foot, are encouraged to take part in this survey and help shape the future of transportation in Lloydminster.”

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