In 2021, Council updated its Municipal Development Plan (MDP) – a process that engaged staﬀ, stakeholders and the community to create the vision for a future Lethbridge. As outlined on the four-page PDF below, the Gateway to Opportunity 2022 Action Plan was created using the MDP as the strategic guiding document. It also takes into consideration the concerns heard from the election campaign, balancing both immediate needs and longer-term aspirations.
Several key initiatives are being focused on in alignment with strategic focus areas. Some highlights from the first quarter of 2022 include:
- Airport performance and governance evolution has seen funding being leveraged, a new agreement with Flair Airlines, and Council endorsing new Airport Incentive Framework
- Work is underway for Municipal Land Banking Strategy that will look to secure lands for future strategic growth
- The Broadband Pilot Project at the Sherring & Churchill Industrial Parks is progressing with an operator identified and in place to provide broadband service
| |Steps are being taken to finalize an Operational Agreement with the Blood Tribe/Kainai Nation and confirm a location for the Indigenous Resource Hub
Working with health and community partners to develop a City action plan to support a family physician recruitment and retention plan
Approved funding of up to $100,000 to engage with a consultant to further explore the creation of a Community Care Campus, which would involve either the integration or co-location of housing and homelessness resources (along with other pertinent services such as mental health and substance use supports) as a method to end chronic homelessness and enhance accessibility of services for clients
| |Council and Administration are undergoing a review of cityLINK. Several presentations have been made and community feedback has been gathered. Council voted on Tuesday for the cityLINK Transit system to continue – with quarterly adjustments being made to reflect feedback, changing travel patterns and metric indicators. As part of the resolution, Council also voted to refer the proposed funding components to the Operating Budget deliberations in November
Council has tasked City Administration to initiate a ward system study to outline a process to examine, develop options, decide and implement for as early as the 2025 Municipal Election. Administration will report back, through the Governance Standing Policy Committee, by April 30
- Work is underway on to establish a Regional Economic Development & Tourism Strategy. This work, in partnership with a broad stakeholder group, will entail the creation of a storybook – a vital document that articulates the City's economic and tourism vision.