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Planning, Property & Development

Land Development

Land development services are coordinated through the Land Development Branch. The Branch is the central hub responsible for the multi-disciplinary coordination and processing of all Pre-Applications and Development Applications. The Branch ensures that projects comply with Council policies, by-laws and provincial regulations regarding the creation of new and redeveloped sites.

Our goal is to provide seamless customer services to residents, developers, builders and other stakeholders involved in the planning, engineering, design and construction of our city. We strive to enhance the quality of life by providing safe, efficient, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly developments while at the same time providing effective management of all development processes.

Land development can take many forms. It can be the conversion of greenfield or infill land into construction ready housing, multi-family development, a commercial project, or industrial building sites. Most are achieved by the subdivision and/or rezoning of land, unless proposed land uses comply under Zoning By-laws and Land use policies.

Land use policies and development requirements are set out in a number of policy documents such as the City of Winnipeg's development plan OurWinnipeg, Complete Communities and Local Area Plans that establish a vision and provide policy direction to guide how our city grows and develops over time. Zoning By-laws are regulatory tools that help implement these policy documents and contain specific provisions to regulate the use of land and dimensional regulations.  The City of Winnipeg Charter Act is the provincial legislation that ensures all plans and decisions are aligned with the City's adopted plans, By-laws and policies.


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Subdivision of Land Basics

Subdivision is the process of dividing a lot, tract, or parcel of land into two or more lots, plots, sites, or other divisions of land for the purpose of creating new titles. This includes:

  • Creating lots for new development.
  • Creating infill lots for new or re-development.
  • Consolidation of two or more parcels into a lesser number of lots. 
  • Realignment of property lines.
  • Creating separate land titles for each unit of a duplex or row housing.
  • Creating separate land titles for each dwelling unit on a single property.

The subdivision of land is usually intended for the sale or development of land, whether immediate or in the future and may have other components required to establish the framework for the development such as rezoning of lands to change the land use designation to an appropriate zoning, urban planning, utilities, infrastructure, engineering and servicing considerations.

Rezoning Basics
Most rezoning applications are to permit a use that is not normally allowed within a district or to accommodate a development that would be substantially different from the provisions of the current district. Rezonings are also the application mechanism used to initiate a zoning text amendment.
Land Development Responsibilities
  • Managing and facilitating the Pre-Application and Development Application processing, review and approval.
  • Acts as the liaison between all internal and external stakeholders providing professional advice, consultation, interpretation and instruction on application processing and implementation.
  • Communicates with the development community so that policies, priorities and procedures of the City are communicated and that the City remains current with the development community’s changing needs.
  • Coordination of Administrative Coordinating Group, Community Committee and Standing Policy Committee review and approval.
  • Implementation, preparation and certification of Development and Servicing Agreements, Zoning Agreements, Subdivision Agreements, and By-laws.
  • Maintenance of letters of credit held to secure developer responsibilities under Development/Servicing Agreements including street and underground works; survey monumentation and landscaping of parks, boulevards and other public spaces.
  • Annual review of Developer’s securities, including monitoring and inspection of Developer’s obligations.
  • Administration of the Street Naming By-law No. 115/2011 including inventory, maintenance of the various Street Name Reserve lists, preparation of reports as required for the naming of new streets, renaming of existing streets and honourary street name toppers.
How to submit a Development Application?

The Zoning & Permits Branch provides initial intake services and triage for all development application types. If you intend on submitting an application or have questions, please contact the Zoning & Permits Branch. To arrange for an appointment with a Zoning Development Officer, please call 204-986-8113 or visit Unit 31 - 30 Fort Street (Fort Garry Place) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

For current development applications under process by the Land Development Branch or to find out more about our services, please contact: 311 or visit the Main Floor, 65 Garry Street (Fort Garry Place) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Fax: 204-942-3820


Last update: September 26, 2017