Council Priorities


Our Cochrane. Our future.

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PRIORITY 1: Focus attention and resources towards the completion of Aquatic Centre & Curling/Multi-sport Centre - Phase 4 Recreational Facility with Life Cycle Planning.

2016 Deliverables

  • Finalize governance framework and finalize operating agreement
  • Evaluate funding options after provincial 2016/17 budget announced
  • Communicate funding strategy to the public
  • Complete operational transition plan

PRIORITY 2: Focus attention and resources on Connecting Cochrane: improving roads and pathways.

2016 Deliverables

Complete Connecting Cochrane:

  • Approved by Council
  • Highway 22 & 1A intersection: continue advocacy with Alberta Transportation
  • Determine next steps for Highway 22 & 1A intersection following 2016/17 provincial budget
  • Evaluate existing road network to seek efficiencies for improved traffic flow

Preparation for Bow River bridge:

  • Finalize south alignment
  • Front-end funding agreements in place with developers
  • Commence north arterial construction plans
  • Bridge pre-design work

Explore local and regional transit opportunities:

  • Determine next steps for local transit service
  • Work with CRP on regional transit opportunities

PRIORITY 3: Focus attention and resources on planning for a community cultural hub.

2016 Deliverables

  • Identify site
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Finalize site

PRIORITY 4: Focus attention and resources on implementing the Economic Development Strategy.    

2016 Deliverables

Review land assets

  • Old Town Hall site sold with a draft design prepared that achieves Council’s vision
  • Burnswest 1 acre site acquired and site design drafted
  • Prepare Fifth Ave site redevelopment options
  • Finalize site and begin design phase of Police Station

Further implement Integrated Downtown Action Plan

  • Historic Downtown strategy approved by Council
  • Downtown washroom solution approved by Council
  • Tourism strategy approved by Council
  • Initiate north-south pedestrian connection

Work with local businesses on opportunities for business diversification

Identify infrastructure required to support technology-based business

  • Council strategic session on options for activating Town’s dark fibre
  • Prepare broadband (fibre optics) options to support businesses

Ten-Year Financial Strategy

Please note: as of 2015, this information is incorporated into the Report to Community.