In the final report on the Strategic Plan 2015-2019, Council heard that more than 97% of all milestones are complete or on target and that there have been measurable impacts across the City, demonstrating the plan has made a difference in London.
The Strategic Plan 2015-2019, which was directed by Council at the beginning of their term, identifies four key areas of focus – strengthening communities, building a sustainable city, growing the economy and leading in public service. In each of these areas, staff developed business plans to deliver programs and initiatives that would have a positive impact on the community, and that would move the city forward throughout the Council term.
Some of the highlights noted in the report to Council include the following impacts and outcomes, achieved between 2015 and 2017:
- 147,305 arena hours used
- 21 Neighbourhood Decision Making Projects
- 1,056,772 arts and culture visits
- 1063 cats and dogs were adopted
- More than $3.2 billion in construction permits issued
- 351 km or roadway lanes reconstructed
- 35 km of sidewalks built and assumed
- 49% increase in the number of unique visitors in Downtown London
- 4,650 new jobs created through expansion and attraction
- $29.2 million invested in affordable housing
- 10% decrease in the amount of debt under administration
- 117 Information Technology projects
“This report is a testament to the vision that Council had for London when we took office four years ago, and to the focus and commitment that staff have demonstrated as they have worked to deliver on the Strategic Plan” says Mayor Matt Brown. “We take pride in the accomplishments that are outlined in this report and in the many ways these projects and initiatives have made our community a better place for all Londoners.”
As the new Council takes office, developing the Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023 will be on their list of priorities.