Middlesex Centre, Ontario, October 7, 2020 – Over the summer, the Municipality of Middlesex Centre undertook an extensive consultation in support of its new strategic plan, speaking with 20 community organizations and surveying more than 525 residents to gain their thoughts on key issues and opportunities for the community.
“Council is very grateful for the time and thoughtfulness of the residents, businesses and community organizations that provided comments,” said Mayor Aina DeViet. “This gives us a wealth of information to consider as we develop our 2020-2025 strategic plan as well as our Official Plan Review, which is just getting underway.”
Some consistent messages came out through the consultation.
“Residents strongly support enhancing the vitality of our villages and preserving our agricultural heritage and economy,” noted the Mayor. “They expect well-managed development that produces some attainably-priced forms of housing, does not impinge on productive agricultural land, includes more commercial development and light industry, and proceeds at a pace that is consistent with the commercial and public amenities available.”
Further, residents expressed concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety, the lack of broadband service in rural areas, and the need for affordable and sustainable infrastructure.
Those wishing to view the full results from the survey and the community group engagement sessions can find them on the Middlesex Centre website at middlesexcentre.on.ca/stratplan.
Building on the community consultation findings, Council and the project consultants are preparing a preliminary draft of the strategic plan, a document that will guide municipal initiatives and decision making over the next several years. The preliminary draft will be posted for public comment later this month, with a final strategic plan expected to go to Council for adoption in December.
Communications Specialist, Municipality of Middlesex Centre