Public Engagement

Have your voice heard!

The Town of Olds seeks to engage citizens when planning the community's future.

Feedback gathered from the public helps council and administration make more informed decisions that are aligned with the community's values. Thank you for taking the time to share your opinions, they truly do make a difference!

 

 

If you notice something in your community or have a suggestion on how to improve services, please submit a Report-a-Problem form so we can take action.

 

Active Engagments:

2025 Budget Survey

Coffee with Council

Results & Complete:

Northeast Area Structure Plan Complete

Community Policing Survey Results

Olds Active Mobility Transportation Survey Complete

2023 Housing Needs Assessment Survey Complete

Public Hearings

Previous Budget Surveys & Engagements 

 

ACTIVE AND CURRENT ENGAGEMENTS:



2025 Budget Survey - Closes July 5, 2024

The 2025 Budget Survey runs May 27th until July 5th, 2024.  The Town of Olds is seeking feedback from residents to share their opinions on how the 2025 budget should be spent.  The results of this survey determines how council allocates funding for the 2025 budget.  Please take time to fill out the survey and share your thoughts!  Share with your network - the more respones the better sense we have of what's important to the community. 

Take the survey now!

 

Coffee with Council - Begins May 23, 2024

Stay engaged and share your thoughts, concerns and ideas about our community with a Town Councilor. Help make Olds a better place to live, play and work.

Coffee With Council is a Town Council initiative to help council members to directly communicate with the public and answer any questions or concerns you have.

See dates, locations and learn more here:  Coffee With Council | Town of Olds

Press Release: The Annual Coffee with Council is Back!

RESULTS FROM RECENT ENGAGEMENTS:


2024 Northeast Area Structure Plan Engagement (complete)

Do you want to have a say in how the Town of Olds grows?  The Town has started creating a new long-term plan for lands on the northeast part of the Town. This plan will support new industrial and commercial growth, and will:

  • Set a long-term plan for growth in the area
  • Support transportation, environment, and economic growth
  • Lay out types and locations of potential development
  • Respect neighbouring property owners

Results from this engagement will be posted on the website and shared on social media once complete. 

Learn more about the Town's Municipal Development Plan.

Read the original news release on the long-term development plans for this new development. 

 

2024 Community Policing Survey (closed February 12, 2024)

The Town partnered with Western Management Consultants (WMC), funded by a special grant, to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of our current and future policing needs. WMC collected data from different groups, businesses, and individuals to provide better insight into any issues and possible policing solutions. The aim was to gain a clear understanding of the policing services in the community, as well as assess the value of money invested in these services.  Read the News Release here.

Findings:

In 2023, the Town of Olds commissioned a review of its policing services to assess their effectiveness, efficiency, and fit with the Town’s values and needs. Western Management Consultants, assisted by Applications  Management, was engaged to do this work.  The project looked at existing practices and evaluated them against similar municipalities and the future needs of the Town. The residents of Olds were important stakeholders in this work, and the views of citizens were gathered through both survey and consultation processes. The project's main outcome was to find out if the current policing model is the best fit or if the Town should consider other options.

Visit the links to see the full report (PDF) and the executive summary (PDF). 

Key Findings:

Residents of Olds believe they live in a safe community. Yet, many are not fully aware of how the police services  are managed, and there’s little desire to switch from using the RCMP to having a local town police force. Crime levels in Olds are as low or lower than in similar towns, with crime rates trending down. There is more non-violent crime in the Town, but fewer violent incidents in comparison to similar towns. The Town of Olds spends  less money on protective services than other similar towns.  There are general concerns reported among people in Olds about police visibility and consistency in traffic enforcement.

Recommendations:

Maintain its current contractual arrangement with the RCMP for the provision of policing services. Improve communications about safety initiatives, policing activities, and related information. This could be accomplished by using social media programs, regular citizen surveys, and public consultations. Be more proactive in involving its citizens in the development and policing and safety policies. Improve police capacity to address concerns about visibility and response to minor incidents by increasing the number of peace officers and assisting the RCMP to fill its full staffing complement.

 

2024 Olds Active Mobility Transportation Study

The Town of Olds is looking to improve the experience of walking, biking and rolling for residents and seasonal students in the Town to strengthen connections with communities within the Town and the region.
To extend the reach of the ideas and provide further opportunities for engagement, the Town has conducted an online public survey to better understand the barriers facing residents who use the active transportation network. 
 

This engagement is now complete. The Town of Olds will publish the results of this study once they become available. 

 

2023 Housing Need Assessment Survey

The purpose of the Housing Needs Assessment was to help the Town understand the local housing situation and provide objective data and analysis to prospective housing developers. This report was presented to Council at its meeting on October 10, 2023.

The report confirms many issues that were suspected, including:

  • There is a housing shortage across virtually all sectors, including rental units, seniors, students, and starter homes. 
  • Housing inventory is highly concentrated in the single detached realm and new builds are predominantly 'higher end' homes. 
  • There are a significant number of older homes, which could mean a reduction on housing stock as these are demolished or abandoned. 
  • Community engagement was undertaken, and there was an overwhelming consensus that housing affordability and shortages are primary issues.

This report has been shared with key stakeholders locally and in the development community.

Learn more about this project here.

READ THE HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT REPORT

 

 

    PUBLIC HEARINGS:


    See the Notice of Public Hearings page for current information.

     


     

    Annual Budget Survey & Engagements

    Annual Budget Survey Engagement

    Each year as part of the budget process Council reviews all of the programs and services the Town provides.  Provincial legislation requires municipalities to have a balanced budget.

    CURRENT: 2025 Budget Survey

    The 2025 Budget survey will run May 27 to July 5, 2024.  The results will be presented to council to shape priorities for 2025 spending. 

    2023 Budget Survey for 2024

    The Town of Olds conducted a citizen budget survey from August 15 to September 15, 2023. The purpose was to learn about the priorities of local residents and give them a say in where they would like to see funding allocated in 2024.  Survey results were presented to Council at the October 10 Town Council meeting.

    Read the 2023 Survey Results here

     

    Previous Engagements, Surveys and Results

    Traffic Speed Adjustments (2022)

    Olds Municipal Enforcement conducted public engagement regarding traffic speed in the Town of Olds. The survey showed considerable support for the conversion of school zones to playground zones.

    Read the survey results / presentation to Council (Nov, 2022)

    Mountain View Regional Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan (2021)

    The purpose of this project is to develop a regional parks, recreation, and culture master plan for the Towns of Olds, Didsbury, Carstairs and Sundre, Village of Cremona, and Mountain View County (known as the Municipal Partners). This plan will provide guidance to the Municipal Partners in making decisions that best meet the needs of their residents. Facilities and programming related to parks, recreation and culture will be the main focus of the plan.

    Results of the surveys and public engagement sessions were presented to regional councils in November, 2021. The presentation to Olds Town Council was Nov. 22. In addition to the final version of the regional master plane, council was also presented with a Case for Tourisms and Strategic Recommendations. Both documents are available below.

    Final Mountain View Master Plan

    Mountain View Region Case for Tourism and Strategic Recommendations

    Presentation to Council

    Curbside Bin Schedule (2021)

    Town maintains a three-week cycle for Garbage, Recycling and Compost -Week 1 Black Bin (Trash), Week 2 Blue Bin (Recycle) and Week 3 Green Bin (Compost. Then the cycle repeats. 

    Consideration is being given to changing the three-week cycle to a two-week cycle which would resemble the following scenario:

    Week 1: Black Bin (Garbage) pickup. Week 2: Combined Blue Bin/Green Bin pickup.

    This cycle would repeat every two weeks. The proposed two-week cycle would cost households an additional $8.60 per month. 

    Results

    Participation in this survey was high with 1468 responses. 65% of respondents wanted to keep the current schedule the same, with a three-week rotation. Not wanting additional costs, the desire to keep garbage out of the landfill and the current system meeting their needs were the top reasons noted.

    Read the survey results report Here

    Town of Olds Business Impact Survey (2021)

    A top priority during the Covid-19 crisis is to reduce the negative impact it has on your business. Your input is incredibly valuable and will provide information on how the Town could further support local businesses. 

    This survey closed on April 28th, 2021, results were shared May 10th, 2020 Council meeting.

    READ THE SURVEY RESULTS HERE

    RCMP Policing Priorities Survey (2021)

    Every year the Olds Detachment reaches out to residents and businesses to help determine policing priorities for our Community. Policing priorities ensure that in addition to responding to calls for service, members focus on the policing issues most important to the public.

    Read the Survey results here

    Animal Control Survey - Chickens (2020)

    Currently dogs and cats are regulated by the Town of Olds Community Standards Bylaw. With recent amendments made to the Land Use Bylaw, there is ambiguity on restrictions or allowances of other animals. Providing guidance on what is allowable with help both citizens and bylaw enforcement manage grievances the Town receives on animals beyond cats and dogs.

    This Survey closed September 15 and results were presented to Town Council on October 5, 2020.

    Download the  "what we heard" Animal Control Survey Results 

    Supergraphics/Murals Survey (2020)

    In Olds, Supergraphics/Murals must adhere to provisions set out in the Land Use Bylaw (LUB). Currently, the Development Authority defers evaluating the merits of a mural application to the Public Arts Advisory Committee which was established by Council in 2019. The mandate of the PAAC is to assist the Town with consultation regarding public art initiatives and to provide expert and community input on Public Art for the Town of Olds.  

    This Survey closed September 15 and results were presented to Town Council on October 5, 2020.

    Download the "what we heard" Supergraphics/mural survey results

    COMMUNITY STANDARDS BYLAW - Dog Specific (2019)

    The survey results regarding the Community Standards Bylaw specific to dogs was presented to Council for information. 

    Download Community Services Bylaw Survey Results

    Cannabis Legalization (2018)

    With legalization of cannabis in Canada, Council was seeking public input on proposed Land Use Bylaw amendments.

    Cannabis Legalization - (Published September 2018)

    Parks Master Plan (2017)

    The Town of Olds is guided by the Open Spaces and Trails Master Plan.  On-going community consulation is key to develop parks, trails and open spaces that met the needs of the community.  

    Parks Community Engagement - (Published March 2017)