THE WAY AHEAD: CITY OF EDMONTON STRATEGIC PLAN 2009-2018 (Updated in 2011) The Way Ahead -- the City's Strategic Plan -- was established by City Council in 2008. It provides the City's vision for Edmonton in 2040 and establishes six 10-year strategic goals to provide a clear focus for the future. The plan forms the foundation for the work of the City and guides us in our continued commitment to enhance the quality of life for residents. Since the establishment of The Way Ahead, Council and Administration developed additional detail and direction to focus City actions toward achieving the vision and goals. This has been through the development of directional plans for each of the goals as well as identifying specific outcomes which are linked to performance measures and targets. This updated document captures those changes. City of Edmonton CoE 0a1e033b-5563-44c7-aaa8-abced7fe8f88 Stephen Mandel Mayor Performer Simon Farbrother City Manager Performer Edmonton City Council Performer Residents of Edmonton Beneficiary 78d4c946-cfc5-4b4f-b238-3d1061ea24f8 To steer us toward our dream of what Edmonton will be in 2040. e03f8581-f210-404a-9dfb-f65a80c555e3 Integration A holistic view of strategic planning that acknowledges the inter-related and interdependent reality of complex urban environments. Goals and priorities for different elements in urban planning reflect interrelated ecosystems and are considered in terms of how they impact, support and drive each other. Sustainability A way of living that meets the needs of the present and does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Urban planning takes an integrated, holistic view of urban environments and defines sustainability in the context of interrelated ecosystems encompassing economic, social, environmental and cultural sustainability. The principle of sustainability includes financial sustainability, ensuring urban planning recognizes and addresses resource constraints and capacities. Livability A set of interrelated factors that influence people in choosing where they live and reinforce their sense of well-being. The concept of livability is based on the knowledge that the economic and social life of the community is intimately linked to its natural and built environment, and together these elements impact social and cultural goals. Livability is the culmination of many components and experiences. All of these contribute to creating the highest quality of life that all citizens aspire to. Livability factors include: - Welcoming place: Residents are active and engaged in urban life. People feel safe, connected and alive in a vibrant urban centre that values its people, places and activities. - Public spaces: Public spaces are generous, magnetic, transformative and alive with activity. - Diversity: Parks, recreation, arts and cultural events meet the rich diversity of citizens, the result of productive partnerships between residents and the city in creating projects and programs. - Amenities: A clean and well-designed community that supports a range of lifestyle choice, includes open and green spaces, respect for historic elements and fosters a sense of pride in place. - Economic prosperity: Sustainable economic employment and lifelong learning opportunities that build on the skills and contributions of its diverse local and global workforce. - Access & Affordability: The ability of people of all incomes to have access to affordable housing, food, transit and core social services. The recognition as well that the affordability of amenities affects the overall competitiveness of the city in attracting and retaining residents. - Safety: A sense of personal and community safety and overall social order. - Caring: Communities that reach out to include all of their citizens in community life to help each individual have the optimum opportunity to reach their potential. - Community capacity: Needs of low income, vulnerable, and at-risk residents are met by building individual and community capacity so that all residents are better able to address current and future issues and chart their own future course. - Environment: An environment that is sustainable for current and future generations through responsible social, fiscal and environmental practices. Clean air and water, access to local food supply and the healthy co-existence of natural and urban environments. - Participation: Political and democratic processes that provide for public participation in the decisions that affect residents and ongoing transparency of local government. Welcoming Place Residents are active and engaged in urban life. People feel safe, connected and alive in a vibrant urban centre that values its people, places and activities. Public Spaces Public spaces are generous, magnetic, transformative and alive with activity. Diversity Parks, recreation, arts and cultural events meet the rich diversity of citizens, the result of productive partnerships between residents and the city in creating projects and programs. Amenities A clean and well-designed community that supports a range of lifestyle choice, includes open and green spaces, respect for historic elements and fosters a sense of pride in place. Economic Prosperity Sustainable economic employment and lifelong learning opportunities that build on the skills and contributions of its diverse local and global workforce. Access The ability of people of all incomes to have access to affordable housing, food, transit and core social services. The recognition as well that the affordability of amenities affects the overall competitiveness of the city in attracting and retaining residents. Affordability Safety A sense of personal and community safety and overall social order. Caring Communities that reach out to include all of their citizens in community life to help each individual have the optimum opportunity to reach their potential. Community Capacity Needs of low income, vulnerable, and at-risk residents are met by building individual and community capacity so that all residents are better able to address current and future issues and chart their own future course. Environment An environment that is sustainable for current and future generations through responsible social, fiscal and environmental practices. Clean air and water, access to local food supply and the healthy co-existence of natural and urban environments. Participation Political and democratic processes that provide for public participation in the decisions that affect residents and ongoing transparency of local government. Innovation A planning approach and operational culture within a municipality that encourages and enables continuous improvement and the exploration and adoption of new techniques, technologies, products and ways of operating in order to improve results and lead progressive change. Urban Transformation Transform Edmonton's Urban Form e3102b97-0297-4551-bb9c-b9919bee5c3b 1 Edmonton has increased its density and optimized existing infrastructure while maintaining and revitalizing strong, vibrant neighbourhoods; ensuring high standards of urban design; adopting best land use practices and preserving natural areas and public spaces. Elaboration: In setting the goal to transform Edmonton's urban form, the City recognizes the realities of the changing economics of urban service delivery. A more balanced use of dwelling densities, mixed-use, and place making which recognizes the strategic importance of building neighbourhoods differently is envisioned. This goal implies Edmonton's role should be shifting to more of an urban centre within a thriving region and a prioritization of the placement of natural and public spaces. Design, Diversity, Amenities & Open Spaces Attractive and compact physical design with diverse neighbourhoods, amenities and public open spaces 43e72a74-837d-4f4e-adc4-ee1d15ceea64 1.1 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Residential Density Units Per Hectare Net residential density -- dwelling units per net hectare of residential land 3-year Target: Measurable increase from the 2009 base line measure of 27 dwelling units per net residential hectare 27 2009-01-01 2011-12-31 To be reported 2009-01-01 2011-12-31 10-year Target: Continued measurable increase in the direction of Capital Region Growth Plan density targets 2009-01-01 2018-12-31 To be reported 2009-01-01 2018-12-31 76d6ae77-9075-4034-adab-d0098cd0c3b0 New Housing Units Count of new inclusive housing units created annually and available for occupancy 3-year Target: To be developed 2009-01-01 2011-12-31 To be reported 2009-01-01 2011-12-31 10-year Target: To be developed 2009-01-01 2018-12-31 To be reported 2009-01-01 2018-12-31 c7543b91-ae40-4d6b-9873-7b85fcf6b718 Communities Percentage % of Edmonton communities within (distance/time) of a park, library, major transit centre, commercial centre, and/or recreational facility * Changes to measure may be implemented based on additional study 3-year Target: To be developed 2009-01-01 2011-12-31 To be reported 2009-01-01 2011-12-31 10-year Target: To be developed 2009-01-01 2018-12-31 To be reported 2009-01-01 2018-12-31 ad45f6bf-61e3-4ed4-a616-677e68fcb276 Citizens Percentage % of citizens that agree Edmonton is a well designed, attractive city 3-year Target 50 2009-01-01 2011-12-31 To be reported 2009-01-01 2011-12-31 10-year Target 60 2009-01-01 2018-12-31 To be reported 2009-01-01 2018-12-31 1a8d8046-2390-4a7d-9d67-a0ae4917827b City Area City area by all land use zones 3-year Target: To be developed 2009-01-01 2011-12-31 To be reported 2009-01-01 2011-12-31 10-year Target: To be developed 2009-01-01 2018-12-31 To be reported 2009-01-01 2018-12-31 831b3805-28ac-4c19-9181-891932773e30 Dwelling Types Distribution Distribution of dwelling unit types by built form 3-year Target: To be developed 2009-01-01 2011-12-31 To be reported 2009-01-01 2011-12-31 10-year Target: To be developed 2009-01-01 2018-12-31 To be reported 2009-01-01 2012-12-31 Infrastructure Edmonton has sustainable infrastructure that fosters and supports civic and community needs 0ad3630f-1b60-4d6b-9eb4-c2779e827987 1.2 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Transportation Shift Edmonton's Transportation Mode e170cf16-9952-478b-8b7b-53794619312f 2 Modes of transportation shift to "fit" Edmonton's urban form and enhanced density while supporting the City's planning, financial and environmental sustainability goals. Elaboration: In shifting Edmonton's transportation modes the City recognizes the importance of mobility shifts to contribute to the achievement of other related goals. To do so suggests the need to transform the mix of transport modes, with emphasis on road use for goods movement and transiting people and transit use for moving people. This goal reflects the need for a more integrated transportation network comprising of heavy rail, light rail, air and ground transport, and recognizes the important contribution that transportation makes to environmental goals. Public Transit Citizens use public transit and active modes of transportation 3de912b5-397f-4ca6-a760-600fb84903d9 2.1 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Goods and Services Goods and Services move efficiently through the city a6cd7b85-6369-46e0-bb8f-b5328e258403 2.2 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Integration, Safety & Choice The transportation system is integrated, safe and gives citizen choice to their mode of movement c38f298b-a2bf-4025-bbb6-bc5dd1d68699 2.3 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Livability Improve Edmonton's Livability 6025a642-beb3-4cfd-8992-e6f238bf8e24 3 Edmonton is one of Canada's most livable cities because it is welcoming to all; is safe and clean; fosters its heritage and supports its arts and multicultural communities; encourages active lifestyles through recreational opportunities and engages its citizens in the City's vision and directions. Elaboration: To improve Edmonton's livability, the City intends to focus on the people concerns associated with improved livability by concentrating efforts on prevention and getting to the root causes or barriers that are in the way of achieving a more livable city. This goal is focused specifically on the strategic areas of welcoming, safety perception, cleanliness and aspects important to the notion of urban village creation. Community Connection Citizens are connected to their diverse communities and have pride in their city 2d6fdcb8-a11e-45d5-b7fc-4324a57e9179 3.1 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Enjoyment & Health Citizens use city infrastructure and participate in services and programs that provide enjoyment and personal health benefits f25624cd-f2c7-4cdb-9237-85ffd31d1234 3.2 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Collaborative Communities Complete collaborative communities that are accessible, strong, and inclusive with access to a full range of services b085c053-5dbe-43ad-8309-d6ff148dc6b9 3.3 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Safety & Cleanliness Safe and clean city 4ee4ff01-b9f2-42e4-957f-2ff9ecd04b84 3.4 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Environment Preserve and Sustain Edmonton's Environment b35612ae-c2cd-45c7-90ba-ca65d1ec8b0b 4 In partnership with its citizens, businesses and institutions, Edmonton is the nation's leader in setting and achieving the highest standards of environmental preservation and sustainability both in its own practices, and by encouraging and enabling the practices of its partners. Elaboration: With the goal to preserve and sustain Edmonton's environment, the City intends to leverage existing strengths and new innovations to improve the environment in a sustainable way and minimize the ecological footprint of the City. Striving to preserve natural resources as City building partners and the municipal corporation deliver services to citizens, emphasis will be placed on both preservation and sustainability. Environmental Health Partnerships Partnerships with citizens, communities and organizations are leveraged to improve Edmonton's environmental health 832fbe0f-ffb4-4ae3-828a-99889e0b61b0 4.1 Corporate Measures: - Number of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reduced as a direct result of CO2RE rebate and incentive initiatives for citizens and businesses - % growth of partnerships the city has entered into in support of environmental sustainability practices 3-year Targets & 10-year Targets Under Development 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 City Operations The impact of City operations on air, land and water systems is minimized b7a382fa-4735-4551-9424-7d93c57829b0 4.2 Corporate Measures: - The amount of water (in litres) recycled, reused, reclaimed from city operations - Tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from City operations - Diversion of waste to city landfills by City of Edmonton operations - Reduction in City's energy consumption - Total priority natural areas secured 3-year Targets & 10-year Targets Under Development 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Leadership Edmonton strives to be a leader in environmental advocacy, stewardship, preservation, and conservation 8bcb1f8a-0c82-4be3-b183-8ad7f5ef8c9a 4.3 Corporate Measures: - Ambient Air Quality Index (AQI) - River Water Quality Index - Edmonton Watershed Contaminant Reduction Index - Proportion of waste diverted from landfill - Tonnes of greenhouse gas emission from the broader Edmonton community 3-year Targets & 10-year Targets Under Development 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Financial Sustainability Ensure Edmonton's Financial Sustainability d9f75503-f0b0-4086-91a2-ed2c067aeb15 5 Edmonton is financially sustainable, with the revenue resources required to support its plans and provide the infrastructure performance and services citizens need. Elaboration: In ensuring Edmonton's financial sustainability, the City recognizes the tie between demands on the City and the limited means to address these demands. The City will work to diversify revenue sources while maintaining the obligations the City has to its citizens. This goal relies on the revenue benefits that could be realized from the other goals, such as Economic Diversity and Urban Form transformation. Assets & Services The City has well managed and sustainable assets and services 9de2b842-6729-40c4-868b-dcedca917174 5.1 Corporate Measures, 3-year Targets & 10-year Targets Under Development 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Resiliency The City has a resilient financial position 0d4b80d4-02a7-4fde-9c18-3729babfbb42 5.2 Corporate Measures, 3-year Targets & 10-year Targets Under Development 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Revenue Stream The City has balanced revenue streams that are sustainable 8e233060-abc3-4b48-a997-d2d1d08f9627 5.3 Corporate Measures, 3-year Targets & 10-year Targets Under Development 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Economic Diversification Diversify Edmonton's Economy 4f750a77-edb3-4995-b4b1-278575ec704b 6 Edmonton is recognized as an economic powerhouse, maximizing the diversity of its economic advantages, including its location as Port Alberta and as a portal to the north; as the urban centre of regional industrial development; as a knowledge and innovation centre for value-added and green technologies and products, and as a place that attracts and supports entrepreneurs. Elaboration: To diversify Edmonton's economy, the City recognizes its economic advantages are its existing strengths. Leverage points include Edmonton's physical locale, centres of excellence and industrial/entrepreneurial comparative advantage with local, northern and Asian opportunities. Specific target areas are logistics, eco-industry and environmental technology. In establishing this goal, the City recognizes the separate roles of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and the Municipal Corporation and envisions the City's role to be that of an enabler. Business Climate The Corporation supports a competitive business climate and delivers business friendly services 36321550-8035-4238-ad0b-b97600df0d92 6.1 Corporate Measures, 3-year Targets & 10-year Targets Under Development Businesses 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Business Development The City facilitates the development of established businesses and sectors 706f9cfb-e6bc-4c75-af92-192d9a39ddb8 6.2 Corporate Measures, 3-year Targets & 10-year Targets Under Development 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 High Potential Sectors The City supports the development of high potential sectors 42728965-20d7-4822-b986-449487d1b040 6.3 Corporate Measures, 3-year Targets & 10-year Targets Under Development 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Talent & Investment The City attracts talent and investment making it nationally and internationally competitive 54feea68-f975-414c-bc31-00e9b965b95f 6.4 Corporate Measures, 3-year Targets & 10-year Targets Under Development 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 Regional Partnerships & Collaboration The City is an effective participant in regional partnerships and collaboration 3a0d1615-fab9-4a93-852c-15af5a0a282e 6.5 Corporate Measures, 3-year Targets & 10-year Targets Under Development 42e274b8-285d-4f13-b684-423a77380273 2011-12-31 2018-12-31 2012-09-25 http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/documents/Revised_2012_Way_Ahead.pdf Submit error.