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Under her mantra of ‘Moving Towards Change,’ Mayor Linda Brown hit on the importance of economic development and fiscal responsibility.

“We have made some major movements in economic development. We’re looking at zoning changes, we’re moving towards looking at our official community plan again to ensure what we’ve got connects with what we’re doing,” said Brown.

The Mayor mentioned having struggles with zoning deferring from the OCP and leading to more changes being needed.

“I’m pleased with the work we’ve done so far but we still have a long way to go,” added Brown.

In terms of fiscal responsibility, the Mayor mentioned a change in mindset from all at City Hall.

“We have a new mindset where managers are also participating in that same process. We’re looking for these efficiencies, and they recognize now that if they make these efficiencies it’s not that their budget is going to get pulled, it’s that we are going to make room for something else to enhance their lives and productivity,” said Brown.

“It’s more of a team approach now,” added the Mayor.

As for what the next 12 months will hold, more of the same says Brown.

“More of the constant go, looking at efficiencies and effectiveness. Working together and partnering and getting this City to be a great functioning City, one that is flourishing. We’re not there yet, so there is a lot more work to go,” concluded Brown.


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