DIDSBURY - Town council has instructed administration to begin work on a new resident survey of people who have moved to the community in the last two years.
The move came by way of motion at the recently regularly scheduled council meeting.
Council members, administration and others recently took part in a consulting session with Doug Griffiths, community consultant and president and chief executive officer of 13-Ways Inc., regarding the matter.
“The hour was filled with great discussion and suggestions/advice about opportunities that our municipality can pursue with, among many other initiatives and ideas, surveying new residents to gather information on Didsbury’s appeal in choosing our community for their home,” said Ethan Gorner, the town's chief administrative officer.
“Councillor Dorothy Moore presented this idea subsequent to the session with Doug Griffiths and has documents to share with administration from such past surveys that will be helpful to get started with the survey.”
It is suggested that the new survey and/or survey information be included with a letter to new residents to invite them to participate in the survey, he said.
“Other details and information to be included in the survey will be handled by the administrative team to ensure that the survey is distributed to new residents,” he said. “Because new residents in 2020 did not receive this letter, it is being recommended that new residents of 2020 and 2021 receive this letter and survey.”
Gorner says the 2021 survey will take place in the fall.
“The third week of September is when the Showcase Didsbury happens so we will probably do it around that time,” he said.
Once the survey information is gathered, it will be compiled and brought back to council, he said.
The last new resident survey, conducted in 2008, asked respondents to rate the appeal of Didsbury in areas such as place to raise families, close to friends and family, green space and recreation, and location.