Whistler Community Life telephone survey to begin June 15 

Officials will use results to help plan and be more transparent

The Resort Municipality of Whistler wants to know how satisfied you are with the community you live in.

So from June 15 to June 29 it will be conducting a phone survey of residents and second homeowners to find out. You can also complete an online survey at whistler.ca/survey from June 25 to July 15, 2012.

This is the sixth community life survey conducted by the municipality, and survey results will help to measure performance towards the priorities identified in Whistler2020, Whistler's comprehensive community plan and vision, as well as resident satisfaction with municipal programs, parks and infrastructure, services, and decision making; the 2013 budget process; taxation; and community engagement a press release states.

Municipal officials plan to use the results as part of their decision-making and to facilitate the measurements of trends over time. The survey, which will take approximately 13 to 15 minutes to complete, is designed to support transparency and accountability in municipal operations.

A total of 500 random telephone interviews (of 300 full-time residents and 200 second-home owners) will be completed

"We want to hear from you," said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. "Community engagement is one of the priorities identified in our Council Action Plan. We encourage anyone who is contacted by phone, to take the time to participate in the survey, and we hope that residents and second homeowners will access the survey online. The community life survey is one of the first steps in the 2013 budget planning process, which is now underway, and will help to inform our overall municipal plans moving forward."

The survey is being managed by the Whistler Centre for Sustainability on behalf of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, and is being conducted by the Mustel Group, a market research group, which has been responsible for previous Whistler community surveys. All participants will remain anonymous and individual responses will be treated as confidential.

This year's top line survey results will be available in July following a presentation to Council. Surveys from previous years can be found at whistler.ca/survey. <http://www.whistler.ca/survey>;



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