The City of Guelph is wrapping up its public consultations on the City’s Outside Water Use Program and By-law. The City relies heavily on groundwater as a source of drinking water for citizens and has implemented a leading edge water conservation program and by-law which seek to conserve and protect its water resources. The City decided to consult the community during a review of the program and by-law as City Officials noticed a number of Guelph businesses and citizens had questions and concerns about water use restrictions during last summer’s dry conditions. Lura assisted the City of Guelph with the design and facilitation of the engagement process (including online consultation, public advisory committee meetings, community forums, and business roundtable discussions) and then sought feedback on the recommendations using a telephone survey to verify community perspectives.
Guelph’s Water Services Department has carefully and thoughtfully linked the results of the consultations and survey to their recommended changes to the Outside Water Use Program and by-law. Providing an excellent example of transparency and good process, City officials have produced a report that clearly summarizes the public consultations at each stage and demonstrates how community input has influenced recommended changes to the Outside Water Use By-law. To access the consultation results and understand how the Guelph Water Services reached its recommendations please check out the Outside Water Use By-law page at City of Guelph here.
Lura would like to thank all those in the Guelph community who participated and shared ideas on the future of the Outside Water Use Program and By-law..
City of Guelph and Lura remind residents that “ all comments be submitted by end of day Wednesday, August 28, 2013 for this phase of the review. All feedback will be included in a report provided to City Council and will help staff finalize recommended changes to the by-law for Council’s consideration in October 2013.”
Lura Consulting is looking forward to seeing the final recommendations to City Council later this Fall.