'My Fort, My City, My Say' survey results are in.
The results of the public survey were presented to council at the Tuesday (Feb.27) meeting.
“People really like the small town feel and how friendly and supportive this community is and that is what makes Fort Saskatchewan, Fort Saskatchewan. That message was pretty strong,” said the city’s senior long range planner, Shree Shinde.
The survey showed people choose to live in the Fort because of its small town feel, they have family nearby, it is close to work, it’s family orientated and also close to Edmonton.
The sense of community and the river valley system were consistent positives in the survey. Also important to participants was downtown shopping, the historic precinct and downtown restaurants.
“It was good to see that they value that old part of town,” she noted.
When asked what one thing they would change about the city, the top area of improvement was the swimming pool, then shopping, the bridge and traffic.
Participants stated they wanted more shopping options, but what type of stores were needed, varied.
Those who took the survey felt there were too many traffic lights on Hwy. 21 causing traffic to be backed up, but others requested more traffic lights on secondary and tertiary roads for better traffic flow and safety reasons.
When asked what the focus of the city should be for the next four years, 61.4 per cent said creating and maintaining infrastructure to meet the needs of the community. This would include roads, water, sewer, public transit, parks, trails, recreation and community amenities.
Overall, “we were thrilled to see responses from 2300 participants, that was really nice that people took time to do the survey,” said Shinde.
All information gathered will be used in the city's 2019-22 strategic planning process.
The survey ran from November to December last year.