Aurora Council 2018-2022
Fix a broken system
- Develop a quality administrative team
o They are the engine of the municipality
o Make sure staff have the opportunity for training and personal growth
o Develop an environment so that creativity and critical thinking is encouraged
o Make sure staff are supported and well managed.
- Tone down the influence of special interest groups
o While it is encouraged to have public participation, special interest groups should be there to help develop ideas, not push through specific agendas
- Properly manage decisions that come before council.
o Ensure Council has the appropriate information in order to make good decisions.
o Push for more accountability to prevent more multi-million dollar project overruns.
o Implement the appropriate zoning bylaw, which is in line with our current Official Plan to address the Stable/established Neighbourhood issue.
Modernize Town Council’s approach to community engagement
- Referendums on big issues
o I will encourage the use of modern day communication tools to have a sense of the pulse of the community on major decisions
– ie Budgets, large public investments, significant planning decisions etc.
- Task forces
o In an effort to have better public awareness, I envision having Task Forces to be incubators for great ideas.
o Citizen driven entities that are put together for specific Tasks, not in contrast, but enhancing our existing committees.
- Establish new ways to communicate and engage residents
o Bring the public back into town Council’s decision making processes. Learn first, make decisions second.
o We need to embark on a significant program to reach each and every Auroran and making sure their voice is heard.
o Email, social media, house to house, neighbouhood ambassadors etc.
Economic, Sports, Cultural Development and Heritage
- Economic- Business Centre of York Region
o Work with all level of governments to ensure we have a solid infrastructure to attract new industry
(transportation, skilled workforce, telecommunications, health care hubs)
- Sports – Healthy Society
o Work collaboratively with all users groups to ensure voices are heard when it comes to sport and recreation in Aurora.
o Advocate to acquire, partner or better use, land for recreation purposes.
- Cultural Development and Heritage
o Continue to support our cultural partners such as the Aurora Cultural Centre, Museum, Aurora Historical Society and Library.
o Ensure our built and natural heritage treasures are protected.
Restore Aurora’s Commitment to Environmental Protection
- Complete the wildlife park
o After decades of work by Mr. Tomlinson and many others, we need to invest and finish the wildlife park started so many years ago.
It has taken a back seat to many other less significant projects and it’s time to bring it up to the top of the “to do” list.
o I will champion the implementation of the wildlife park.
o Make sure environmentally sensitive lands remain protected.
- Community gardens – growing our own vegetables…
o It is my intent to advocate for investments to be made for new full year green house community gardens.
o Community gardens not only provide food, they promote community building, youth involvement, education, space to retreat from our busy lives and
- Full Town wide recycling program- Be the envy of York Region
o Not every business in Aurora is recycling, or is given the opportunity to recycle.
o I will make sure every business, with the help of the town, implements a recycling program.