Lethbridge residents can expect a new approach for City Council in 2022 – one that clearly articulates priorities, creates transparency, reports performance and builds community trust.
Lethbridge City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve its Gateway to Opportunity 2022 Action Plan – which outlines the initiatives Council has identified as priorities for the next 12 months.
Some of the key work identified for immediate attention in 2022 includes:
- Supporting provincial partners in health care with family physician recruitment and retention
- Establishing an Indigenous Resource Hub
- A review of the cityLINK transit system
- Establishing a Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy Task Force
- Enabling support and examining opportunities for an emergency shelter
- Establishing a Regional Economic Development and Tourism Strategy
During this four-year term, Council will develop annual Action Plans and are committed to report progress back to the community every three months.
"This Action Plan is a great opportunity to show that Council is planning, reporting and engaging differently," says Mayor Blaine Hyggen. "We are excited to work together on the important priorities needed to grow and support Lethbridge."
Last year, Council updated its Municipal Development Plan (MDP) – a process that engaged staﬀ, stakeholders and the community to create the vision for a future Lethbridge. 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.
"We know we've got challenges and change ahead of us but in times of change, it's important and reassuring to have a plan," says Hyggen. "This Action Plan give us the clear roadmap to get to the work we've identified as being most important to our community."
A further detailed look at the Action Plan is available at lethbridge.ca/2022ActionPlan