Letter to the editor 1, June 2, 2016

Dear Editor,

The core mandate of the Hudson administration is to provide a safe, clean and efficiently run environment for the citizens. In her recent letter (Your Local Journal, May 26), Lynn Webber makes a good case that the administration (and previous administrations) is failing to provide a safe road environment.

I agree but she also suggests that the Strategic Plan should be put on hold until the safety issues are resolved.

A well-constructed Strategic Plan is the process of designing the resources, structures, and organizations needed to ensure that the future Hudson population is healthy, happy, and productive and is not mutually exclusive to getting the roads fixed.

I am, however, very concerned that the present plan is significantly flawed. In order to design the resources needed for our future ‘ideal’ Hudson, we must firstly define the demographic make-up of this future population and that has not been done.

Two or three times during the Strategic Plan presentation and the question period, it was stated that Hudson had to attract more young families. This appears to be a ‘given’ and no one questioned this assumption.

Why is Hudson better off if a new family has children? Why is a ‘young family’ a better Hudson Citizen than a retired couple?

This is not a frivolous question. The resources required for a healthy, safe, entertained, and fit family unit are significantly different.

We need to know what our ‘Market Target’ is!

What might be our choices?

  • A retirement community

  • A bedroom community for other , more industrialized towns

  • A mixed community with some work places

  • A destination town for specialty shopping

  • A destination town for arts

  • A destination town for golf

  • A destination town for theatre

  • A destination town for environment interaction (walking and water use)

  • An equestrian centre

  • Etc. , etc. , etc. -Fill in your own description

Once we have a collective vision of what Hudson's mission should be in five or 10 years, then the focus and prioritization of projects becomes a lot easier. It also makes the debate about densification a lot clearer.

Until we have defined what the population of the ‘Ideal Hudson’ looks like, we can never choose the right projects to satisfy their needs and desires.

I strongly request that the Hudson administration stop their headlong race to find projects and concentrate on the crucial question about the future make-up of our population.

Bill Driver


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