Research Reports

Stratford has undertaken or commissioned a number of studies and reports to assist Council in making decisions about how to build the best community possible.  Imagine That!

Annual Resident Survey
In order to measure our progress towards making Stratford the best, most sustainable community possible, we conduct an annual survey of residents to gauge their opinions on a number of topics including governance, communications, health, safety and environmental action.  The survey first started in 2012 with many of the same questions asked year over year in order to benchmark our progress towards our objectives.  You can find out more about this in the Performance Management part of our website.

Stratford Housing Demand Study (2013)
As a component of the Official Plan Review, we determined that a Housing Demand Study was required to support the strategic housing policy of the Official Plan and the mandate for future actions.  We were also interested in determining the need for affordable housing in Stratford, particularly for seniors who are the fastest growing segment of our population.  The study was conducted by Stantec and it predicts continued strong growth, increasing demand for more flexible housing types and increasing demand for affordable housing for seniors.

Stratford’s Active Transportation Plan (2012)
We commissioned a plan to enhance the opportunities for residents of the greater Charlottetown area to use active forms of transportation (walking, jogging and bicycling) to get around.  The study makes recommendations on the development of a regional network, promotion of active transportation and standards for the development of the required infrastructure.  The study was conducted by the IBI Group and was a joint partnership between Stratford, Charlottetown, Cornwall and provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.  The plan was adopted by the three municipal Councils and a working group with representatives from each of the partners has been struck to oversee the implementation of the plan.

Master Stormwater Management Plan: A) Low Impact Development (2012)
We commissioned this study in order to develop standards for more sustainable management of storm water in the Town, particularly from new subdivisions and larger commercial developments.  Our goal is to enable as much of the rain water to get back into the ground as possible and to minimize any contamination of receiving waters from surface water runoff.  The study was conducted by CBCL Limited and they made a number of recommendations for low impact development practices or, in layperson’s terms, practices that will minimize the amount of storm water runoff from new developments.

Master Stormwater Management Plan: B) Impacts of climate Change (2012)
When new storm water infrastructure is designed, engineers use tables showing historic rainfall events as a predictor of future events.  Typically, the most intense storms in terms of peak rainfall intensity and duration are used to inform the design of storm water infrastructure.  We recognize that the storms of the future are going to be more intense than those we had in the past due to climate change.  We commissioned a study to predict future rainfall events and develop new design data for engineers to use when developing new storm water infrastructure in the Town.  We also asked them to identify any upgrades to existing infrastructure required to accommodate the predicted rainfall events.  The study was conducted by CBCL with the generous input and advice of the PEI Climate Change office and the Federal Department of Environment.  Funding for this study was provided through the NRCan climate adaption funding program.

Greater Charlottetown Area Transit Strategic Plan (2011)
The City of Charlottetown, Town of Stratford and Town of Cornwall have partnered to offer a transit service for our residents.  The service is provided under contract by Trius Transit.  The three communities, with the funding assistance from the New Deal Capacity Building Program, commissioned the development of a strategic plan for the transit service to better ensure that it met the needs of riders.

Stratford Master Transportation Plan (2011)
The Town and the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, who own the streets in Stratford, partnered on the development of a Master Transportation plan for the Town.  The consultant was asked to review the capacity of the existing vehicular transportation network and make recommendations for improvement where required to accommodate growth and also to be more sustainable.

Stratford Area Watershed Management Plan (2010)
The Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group (SAWIG) Management Plan is being developed to serve as a guide to managing the area’s natural resources while maintaining environmental and economic sustainability. This plan will reflect the desires of the Stratford and Alexandra area communities. The development of a Watershed Management plan will be an ongoing project in order to echo the needs of the communities.

Natural Heritage Study (2011)
The Natural Heritage Study provides a comprehensive overview and inventory of important natural features and areas in the Town. The Study provides information and guidance to the Town to make decisions to enhance and protect the natural environment. It also provides recommendations for policies to incorporate into the Town’s Official Plan for the protection of the natural heritage features and areas.

Stratford Active Transportation Plan (2010)
This plan is based on a network of streets and trails that provide key linkages to important recreation, commercial, civic and residential destinations. The linkages work from the neighbourhood outward and the plan is a network of multi-use connections that begin at resident’s front door.

Climate Change Adaptation Plan (2010)
The Climate Change Adaptation Plan integrates scientific climate change data and adaptation processes with the community’s knowledge of climate change to develop new tools that incorporate climate change concerns in community planning initiatives. It establishes current and future climate change vulnerability, risks and priorities in the Town. The Plan provides recommendations for climate change adaptation planning and makes suggestions for policies to incorporate into the Official Plan.

Arts and Culture Infrastructure Study
This report reviews key arts and culture infrastructure needs in the community, it also develops recommendations and preliminary plans for cultural facilities that will meet these needs. Your comments on this report are most welcome.

Stratford in Action (2009)

This book is a compilation of forty-seven stories about residents of Stratford who are taking action to reduce their carbon footprint. The stories are divided into six sections based on subject and each section concludes with related statistics from a survey that was completed by many of the people who are profiled in the stories and their friends or neighbours within the community.

Sustainable Strategic Plan (2009)
The Sustainable Strategic Plan is an overarching umbrella document to help direct other plans including the Official Plan. It was created to help achieve the Town’s sustainability goals and principles put forth in the Town’s Sustainability Plan (2008). The Sustainable Strategic Plan was written in collaboration with residents and other stakeholders in the Town to communicate a shared, long-term vision for a sustainable community; identify current challenges and opportunities in the Town; and provide strategies for achieving the vision.

The Ekistics Core Area Plan (2008)
Stratford’s core area, from the harbour waterfront to the intersection of Mason Road and the Trans-Canada Highway, presents many opportunities for visitors, residents and business. Stratford adopted the core area plan in 2008 and has since created land development opportunities in partnership with the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation. The community has retained waterfront lands on the harbour for development as a community park with water access and recreational opportunities.

Imagine Stratford; A Vision for 2028 (2008)
Imagine Stratford is a Sustainability Plan and Decision Making Framework.  Stratford has defined some broad sustainability goals which are concrete and measurable statements of where the community is going. In this document they are expressed in general terms.

Provincial Municipal Relations (2008)
During the PEI Legislative Assembly session of 2008, government, through the Budget and an Act of the Legislature abandoned the municipal tax credit system and replaced it with a municipal grant program. This change has seriously constrained area municipalities and their ability to manage their communities and to provide their citizens with essential services. This report examines these changes.

The Transit Feasibility Study (2007)
The purpose of the Transit Feasibility is to assess the feasibility of and plans for public transportation services for the Town of Stratford.

The Policing Needs Study (2007)
Stratford reviewed police services during 2007 to help provide the best police service to the community.

Research Reports

Stratford has undertaken or commissioned a number of studies and reports to assist Council in making decisions about how to build the best community possible.  Imagine That!

Annual Resident Survey
In order to measure our progress towards making Stratford the best, most sustainable community possible, we conduct an annual survey of residents to gauge their opinions on a number of topics including governance, communications, health, safety and environmental action.  The survey first started in 2012 with many of the same questions asked year over year in order to benchmark our progress towards our objectives.  You can find out more about this in the Performance Management part of our website.

Stratford Housing Demand Study (2013)
As a component of the Official Plan Review, we determined that a Housing Demand Study was required to support the strategic housing policy of the Official Plan and the mandate for future actions.  We were also interested in determining the need for affordable housing in Stratford, particularly for seniors who are the fastest growing segment of our population.  The study was conducted by Stantec and it predicts continued strong growth, increasing demand for more flexible housing types and increasing demand for affordable housing for seniors.

Stratford’s Active Transportation Plan (2012)
We commissioned a plan to enhance the opportunities for residents of the greater Charlottetown area to use active forms of transportation (walking, jogging and bicycling) to get around.  The study makes recommendations on the development of a regional network, promotion of active transportation and standards for the development of the required infrastructure.  The study was conducted by the IBI Group and was a joint partnership between Stratford, Charlottetown, Cornwall and provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.  The plan was adopted by the three municipal Councils and a working group with representatives from each of the partners has been struck to oversee the implementation of the plan.

Master Stormwater Management Plan: A) Low Impact Development (2012)
We commissioned this study in order to develop standards for more sustainable management of storm water in the Town, particularly from new subdivisions and larger commercial developments.  Our goal is to enable as much of the rain water to get back into the ground as possible and to minimize any contamination of receiving waters from surface water runoff.  The study was conducted by CBCL Limited and they made a number of recommendations for low impact development practices or, in layperson’s terms, practices that will minimize the amount of storm water runoff from new developments.

Master Stormwater Management Plan: B) Impacts of climate Change (2012)
When new storm water infrastructure is designed, engineers use tables showing historic rainfall events as a predictor of future events.  Typically, the most intense storms in terms of peak rainfall intensity and duration are used to inform the design of storm water infrastructure.  We recognize that the storms of the future are going to be more intense than those we had in the past due to climate change.  We commissioned a study to predict future rainfall events and develop new design data for engineers to use when developing new storm water infrastructure in the Town.  We also asked them to identify any upgrades to existing infrastructure required to accommodate the predicted rainfall events.  The study was conducted by CBCL with the generous input and advice of the PEI Climate Change office and the Federal Department of Environment.  Funding for this study was provided through the NRCan climate adaption funding program.

Greater Charlottetown Area Transit Strategic Plan (2011)
The City of Charlottetown, Town of Stratford and Town of Cornwall have partnered to offer a transit service for our residents.  The service is provided under contract by Trius Transit.  The three communities, with the funding assistance from the New Deal Capacity Building Program, commissioned the development of a strategic plan for the transit service to better ensure that it met the needs of riders.

Stratford Master Transportation Plan (2011)
The Town and the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, who own the streets in Stratford, partnered on the development of a Master Transportation plan for the Town.  The consultant was asked to review the capacity of the existing vehicular transportation network and make recommendations for improvement where required to accommodate growth and also to be more sustainable.

Stratford Area Watershed Management Plan (2010)
The Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group (SAWIG) Management Plan is being developed to serve as a guide to managing the area’s natural resources while maintaining environmental and economic sustainability. This plan will reflect the desires of the Stratford and Alexandra area communities. The development of a Watershed Management plan will be an ongoing project in order to echo the needs of the communities.

Natural Heritage Study (2011)
The Natural Heritage Study provides a comprehensive overview and inventory of important natural features and areas in the Town. The Study provides information and guidance to the Town to make decisions to enhance and protect the natural environment. It also provides recommendations for policies to incorporate into the Town’s Official Plan for the protection of the natural heritage features and areas.

Stratford Active Transportation Plan (2010)
This plan is based on a network of streets and trails that provide key linkages to important recreation, commercial, civic and residential destinations. The linkages work from the neighbourhood outward and the plan is a network of multi-use connections that begin at resident’s front door.

Climate Change Adaptation Plan (2010)
The Climate Change Adaptation Plan integrates scientific climate change data and adaptation processes with the community’s knowledge of climate change to develop new tools that incorporate climate change concerns in community planning initiatives. It establishes current and future climate change vulnerability, risks and priorities in the Town. The Plan provides recommendations for climate change adaptation planning and makes suggestions for policies to incorporate into the Official Plan.

Arts and Culture Infrastructure Study
This report reviews key arts and culture infrastructure needs in the community, it also develops recommendations and preliminary plans for cultural facilities that will meet these needs. Your comments on this report are most welcome.

Stratford in Action (2009)

This book is a compilation of forty-seven stories about residents of Stratford who are taking action to reduce their carbon footprint. The stories are divided into six sections based on subject and each section concludes with related statistics from a survey that was completed by many of the people who are profiled in the stories and their friends or neighbours within the community.

Sustainable Strategic Plan (2009)
The Sustainable Strategic Plan is an overarching umbrella document to help direct other plans including the Official Plan. It was created to help achieve the Town’s sustainability goals and principles put forth in the Town’s Sustainability Plan (2008). The Sustainable Strategic Plan was written in collaboration with residents and other stakeholders in the Town to communicate a shared, long-term vision for a sustainable community; identify current challenges and opportunities in the Town; and provide strategies for achieving the vision.

The Ekistics Core Area Plan (2008)
Stratford’s core area, from the harbour waterfront to the intersection of Mason Road and the Trans-Canada Highway, presents many opportunities for visitors, residents and business. Stratford adopted the core area plan in 2008 and has since created land development opportunities in partnership with the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation. The community has retained waterfront lands on the harbour for development as a community park with water access and recreational opportunities.

Imagine Stratford; A Vision for 2028 (2008)
Imagine Stratford is a Sustainability Plan and Decision Making Framework.  Stratford has defined some broad sustainability goals which are concrete and measurable statements of where the community is going. In this document they are expressed in general terms.

Provincial Municipal Relations (2008)
During the PEI Legislative Assembly session of 2008, government, through the Budget and an Act of the Legislature abandoned the municipal tax credit system and replaced it with a municipal grant program. This change has seriously constrained area municipalities and their ability to manage their communities and to provide their citizens with essential services. This report examines these changes.

The Transit Feasibility Study (2007)
The purpose of the Transit Feasibility is to assess the feasibility of and plans for public transportation services for the Town of Stratford.

The Policing Needs Study (2007)
Stratford reviewed police services during 2007 to help provide the best police service to the community.

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