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Posted on: October 15, 2019

COMMUNITY SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS COCHRANE’S HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE

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Results from the recent community survey demonstrate that 98% of Cochranites are satisfied or highly satisfied with the quality of life in Cochrane. NRG Research Group, who was engaged to conduct the survey, presented the results at the October 15 Town Council meeting.

Top results include:

  • 99% agree that living in Cochrane enables a healthy and active lifestyle
  • 98% agree Cochrane is safe and secure
  • 97% agree that Cochrane is a great community to raise a family
  • 96% are satisfied with local pathways
  • 97% are satisfied with support services from FCSS, Parent Link Centre and for seniors

Community connectivity remains a key contributor to resident’s quality of life satisfaction, and includes such things as pathways, roadways and opportunities to pursue an active lifestyle.

“I’m not surprised with the results showing our high quality of life,” said Mayor Jeff Genung. “That’s why we all choose to live here. It does, however, identify areas of opportunity for improvement which I believe we are well underway in addressing. These include traffic congestion and managing growth.”

Council’s strategic priorities are reflected in the survey results. The high level of satisfaction with local pathways demonstrates progress on Council’s priority to improve, plan and advocate for local and regional pathway networks that connect all communities. Traffic concerns are being addressed by efforts to lobby the province for a commitment to upgrade Highway 1A/22 intersection.

In addition, the Town is focusing on local multi-modal transportation solutions such as the launch of COLT, construction of the Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge, and proposed improvements to twin Centre Avenue from Highway 1A to Railway Street.

Council reviews and updates their strategic priorities annually. Results from the community survey will be considered when looking at the strategic priorities for 2020-2022.

Data was gathered between June 3 and June 18, 2019 via landlines and cell phones in households within Cochrane. A sample of 401 residents aged 18 years and older completed the survey, which averaged 20.4 minutes in length. The margin of error associated with this sample size is +/- 4.9%, 19 times out of 20.

Previous community surveys were conducted in 2005, 2008 and 2014.

Full survey results are available on cochrane.ca/Survey.

Full survey results.
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