Priorities

PrioritiesHow do we build a resilient, accessible and vibrant community?

Rachel Swendseid for Okotoks Council

PRIORITYQuality Civic Engagement

  • Strengthen accessibility to political representatives by utilizing a wide variety of strategies for citizen feedback
  • Offer regularly scheduled in person and online drop in hours to discuss what matters to you
  • Demonstrate transparency and honesty in the decision making process behind policy creation 
  • Continue to ensure voices of vulnerable and marginalized community members are at the table when creating policies that affect their lives
Rachel Swendseid for Okotoks Council

PRIORITYEnvironmental Resilience

  • Focus on climate change resilience and immediately start implementing key initiatives outlined in the Town of Okotoks 2021 Climate Action Plan
  • Commit to working with the province to create opportunities and update policies to allow greywater and stormwater/rainwater use in commercial and residential applications
  • Prioritize developing solutions for water supply within the Sheep River Watershed while continuing work on securing external water supply
  • Continue town commitment to providing equitable access to natural spaces across the community
  • Protect riparian areas in land use planning as town footprint increases
Rachel Swendseid for Okotoks Council

PRIORITYAffordability

  • Create diversified neighborhoods to meet all ages and stages of life with a focus on providing housing for the growing senior population, affordable housing units and complete neighbourhoods
  • Ensure tax dollars are being used effectively and efficiently to ensure Okotoks remains an affordable place to live
  • Focus on diversification of tax base, creation of high quality local employment and continued support of local businesses
Rachel Swendseid for Okotoks Council

PRIORITYAccessible and Preventative Services

  • Continue prioritizing the creation and maintenance of free/low-cost accessible outdoor recreation opportunities such as skateparks, dog parks, playgrounds, skating rinks, pathways, disc golf, etc. 
  • Target investments for prevention and early intervention initiatives that focus on capacity-building of parents of young children and support children and youth through their development. Examples include Parentlink Centers, quality after school care, and youth programming
Rachel Swendseid for Okotoks Council

PRIORITYA Connected Community

  • Emphasize holding and supporting community events to reduce isolation, and connect community members
  • Support local arts and the downtown community to enhance sense of belonging and cultural identity
  • Amplify mental health supports available in Okotoks and support continued funding for social wellness centers such as the Okotoks Family Resource Center.
  • Continue to implement the municipal calls to action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Rachel Swendseid For Okotoks Council
In the spirit of reconciliation, I acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

Photography by Dana Pugh and Michelle Loewen