Hamilton green-lights roadmap of priorities to ‘get things done’

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Published July 19, 2023 at 2:00 pm

Hamilton has approved the three priorities it will focus on for the council term, serving as a roadmap to “get things done” to create a “thriving” city. 

“Bringing together Council to develop our priorities and set actionable goals is a key point of pride as mayor,” said Mayor Andrea Horwath in a statement on July 14, the day the motion was ratified. “Our city has immense potential and our work on these priorities will drive us forward to achieve that potential while holding us accountable to all Hamiltonians.”

City staff will now execute the priorities by building detailed action plans ahead of the 2024 budget.

Council has outlined three priorities for the next three years: sustainable economic and ecological development, safe and thriving neighbourhoods, and the working of city hall and transparency in municipal government. Click here to read more about the priorities.

The council chose the priorities to reflect “urgent issues” in the community, such as climate change, boosting commercial and industrial construction with an “ecological and economic lens,” housing and homelessness. The goals also considered federal and provincial priorities. They were identified as “critical areas in which to focus additional time, resources and discretionary budget,” the City said in a press release.

In previous motions on Jan. 18 and May 10, council acknowledged that “Hamiltonians will benefit most from a Council that sets out clear priorities.”

Council added that the priorities will also provide staff with clear “direction for the current term.”

The City hired outside consultant, Anil Gupta, to facilitate meetings and discussions to develop its first term of council priorities.

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