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Region moves forward on new strategic plan

With regional committees and council set to return after the summer break next month, the Region of Durham is pushing ahead with its five-year strategic plan.

“A critical role of regional council is to provide leadership and vision. We need to outline the principles that should be considered when making our decisions,” states Roger Anderson, Durham’s regional chair and chief executive officer, in a news release. “As elected representatives, we need to think about how the choices of today may impact the residents of tomorrow.”

Council met in a special meeting at Nestleton Waters Inn east of Port Perry in June to discuss what may be included in the plan. Now, after review from a group of regional councillors and staff members, proposals from that meeting will soon be available for public consultation.

“This is a great opportunity for residents from across the region to let us know what they like about Durham, the challenges they are facing, and what they would like to change,” says Adrian Foster, Clarington’s mayor and chair of the Durham Region Strategic Plan Steering Committee. “It is important to ensure that the strategies we develop for the next five years represent the needs of our stakeholders, as their input is vital to the success of this plan and the future of our region.”

After public consultation, a draft plan will be developed for review.