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Be heard: Community Needs Assessment survey now open

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 11:48 am

The City of Airdrie is conducting its Community Needs Assessment online from April 15 until June 1. The survey will help shape future council decisions.
The City of Airdrie is conducting its Community Needs Assessment online from April 15 until June 1. The survey will help shape future council decisions.
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What does Airdrie need most?

City staff is inviting all residents to have their answers to this question heard in the 2014 Community Needs Assessment survey.

The survey became live online on April 15 and will remain open until June 1.

It is open to all residents, as there is no screening for age or gender.

This marks the third time the City has conducted this survey, that is done once every three years. It does share some similarities with the City’s Citizen Satisfaction survey, which is conducted annually.

“The Citizen Satisfaction survey is more of a city-wide assessment or report card of the services provided,” said Clay Aragon, Social Planning coordinator.

“This survey looks more specifically at what residents would like to see in the community.”

Aragon explained that these surveys have an influence on the services and facilities the City offers.

“For example, the Community Needs Assessment from 2008 and 2011 clearly showed that residents were concerned about the effectiveness of our arenas, the splash park, and arts and cultural facilities in Airdrie,” said Aragon.

“This was a driving force behind the $24 million invested in arena upgrades and the development of the Genesis Place twin arenas, $4.8 million invested in the Chinook Winds Regional Park to include a new skate park and spray park, and $3.9 million invested to expand Bert Church Theatre.”

The Community Services Advisory Board, council and staff utilize the information gathered from these surveys to determine the future direction of planning, budgeting, as well as providing insight for funding allocations.

Aragon is hopeful for a high number of participants in the survey to top the turnout of nearly 1,900 the City saw in 2011.

“The more people that fill out the survey the better,” said Aragon.

“We want to be able to get a broad scope of where we can improve, a lot has changed in three years and we want to gather as much information as possible.”

Questions relating to infrastructure, arts, culture, and recreation facilities and social services are all included on the survey, as well as community services, volunteerism, and development or improvement funding.

The survey is available online at www.banister.ab.ca/2014CNA


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