Council is committed to seeking the opinions, priorities, comments and directions from residents on a broad range of issues. The Community Household Survey is one of the most important feedback tools that Council uses for enabling residents to freely express their thought on services, comment on the general policy direction of Council and to find what residents opinions are on a variety of current issues in our community.
The 2009 Community Household Survey was distributed to over 7600 households during the week of April 1-8, 2009. An advertising campaign was used to encourage residents to complete a survey by April 30, 2009. A total of 2976 surveys were returned (approximately 39% response rate) the largest response to date for our tri-annual household survey! Response rate has generally been good at 20-25% for this survey over the years (2006 – 1465; 2003 – 1027; 2000 – 619; 1997 – 941). A response of 400 or more is industry standard as a good response rate and measure of public opinion for surveys.
Our past surveys have included a number of general questions for benchmarking purposes on services as well as a few ‘issues of the day' questions. Banister Research & Consulting constructed and tested the survey questions, compiled the survey responses and have prepared the attached report. A few notable highlights include:
Sustainable Okotoks – Where To From Here? with the following results:
55.9% - We can maintain the status quo-continue with our planned boundaries and capping community growth at approx 30,000 (capacity of the Sheep River Aquifer)
25.2% - We can sit somewhere between the status quo (approx 30,000) and the projected mid range population growth complied by the CRP (approx 60,000) resulting in a modest population growth of 45,000. Modest boundary growth and sub-regional or local water solutions.
15.9% - We can adopt the projected mid range population growth complied by the CRP (approx 60,000). Large boundary growth around our existing boundaries with a regional water pipeline solution is a potential option.
3.0% not stated
While most (73%) did not add comments, of those that did, the top comments (those with over 100 similar comments) were:
9.4% (281 respondents) – Live here because of small town feel/keep cap/slow down growth
8.0% (237 respondents) – water/sewer issues will worsen/need to fix first
General survey results:
97% of respondents rate the quality of life in Okotoks as good or very good.
What 3 things make Okotoks a good place to live?
47% - Small town atmosphere (friendly people/family oriented/lifestyle)
27% - Parks/green spaces/river valley/pathways
27% - Location (near big city, mountains & countryside)
26% - Size (easy to get around/controlled growth)
What 3 things would make Okotoks a better place to live?