Survey underway for future of Erieau

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Municipal officials are asking residents and business owners in Erieau to participate in an online survey to help determine future direction of the community.

The survey, which can be found at Let’s Talk Chatham-Kent, is a joint effort of the Erieau Community Association (ECA) and the municipality to provide ideas about the future of the Lake Erie community.

Leo Heuvelmans, chair of the ECA said the survey will provide community leaders a chance to begin to develop a vision for the village.

“We love Erieau, and we want to make sure it continues to be a beautiful place to live and visit,” he said in a media release. “The Erieau we have today is different than that of decades ago and we recognize that things will change in the years to come. It’s time to review the priorities of the community.”

Heuvelmans said the goal of the ECA strategic planning committee is to develop a multiyear strategic plan for Erieau related to projects that are prioritized by the community of Erieau, residents and property owners. The plan will provide direction for fundraising activities and allocation of funds.

The plan will be a collaboration between the residents of Erieau and the municipality, officials said.

“We will be exploring all elements of our community’s strategic plan – economic prosperity, healthy and safe community, people and culture, and environmental sustainability,” said Chatham-Kent CAO Don Shropshire.

“Involvement by the residents and business owners of Erieau is essential,” he said. “Local involvement is key.”

The results of the survey will form the basis for a public meeting to be held sometime this spring.

“The public meeting will go much more smoothly if we have some items on the table for discussion,” Heuvelmans said. “This will be a starting point.”

The survey is open through March 31.

 

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