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Connection to the future draft laid at Council

Connection to the future is being deepened for Lloydminster residents as council is reflecting on the draft-document that lays out the values that Border City responders have identified as important to shape the future.

The document which is being shaped from community engagement and input was before council on Monday.

Residents have identified the values of belonging, culture, ecology, innovation, health and initiative to guide policy formation.

Councillor Lorelee Marin who works along with the Lloydminster Youth Council shared that she is looking forward to the further engagement with young-Lloydminster when the draft document is finalized.

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“I think those values will resonate with them. And really working on that sense of belonging to the community. I see more that 10-years ago, our youth were not feeling that sense of belonging to the community and that is starting to change. And so I love that is showing up in the values that are being presented to us as feedback from community residents.”

Also outlined are five drivers to guide city building. Those are:

  • Urban form: The physical characteristics of what is built in the city
  • Mobility and connectivity: The ways available for people and goods to move around the city and the levels of connection they provide
  • Climate resilience: The ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to hazardous events or disturbances related to climate
  • Social equity: The ability to seek justice, equity, diversity and inclusion for all people in the community
  • Fiscal responsibility: The ability to find a balance between the services the city provides and what residents are willing to spend

Mayor Gerald Aalbers referred to the document as an overarching view of Lloydminster as residents fashion its municipal development plan.

“Do we stay passive or more proactive? And I appreciated the comments from the inputs we have received to this point on that survey, because I believe council wants to be proactive on all fronts, as best as we possibly can. And this just helps reinforce that with those survey results.”

Aalbers indicated that residents may still communicate directly to the city on the Connection to the Future draft which is expected to be finalized by late fall.

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