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Bridgwater Neighbourhood Pathway Lighting

Bridgwater Neighbourhood Pathway Lighting

The City of Winnipeg consulted with residents and gathered feedback on support and opposition for the installation of lighting along several public pathways (called 'visitable pathways,' pictured above and identified on the maps in the Maps tab) in the Bridgwater neighbourhood.


Updates

Update February 14, 2019 – Council supported the developer's request that a requirement for pedestrian lighting along some of the visitable pathways in the Bridgwater neighbourhood be removed from the development agreement. The developer will no longer be required to install lighting on the public pathways located in the drainage area behind accessible homes (called 'visitable homes').

Minutes from the January 31, 2019 Council meeting and the January 7, 2019 SPC-PD meeting are available on the City of Winnipeg's website.

Update December 31, 2018 – The public engagement summary from the Bridgwater Neighbourhood pathway lighting survey is now available. The results will be considered by the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development (SPC-PD) on January 7, 2019.

Engage

Thank you to those who provided feedback through the Bridgwater Neighbourhood Pathway Lighting survey. The public engagement summary from the Bridgwater Neighbourhood pathway lighting survey is now available. The results will be considered by the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development (SPC-PD) on January 7, 2019. City Council is expected to make a final decision on amending the development agreement at the January 31, 2019 Council meeting.

As part of the decision-making and report review process, there is an opportunity for members of the public to appear as a delegation at the SPC-PD meeting when the report is brought forward on January 7. The meeting agenda is now available online.

Survey Results

  • 204 survey responses were received between October 29 and November 15, 2018
  • Overall, 76% support lighting; 19% oppose lighting; 5% are neutral
  • Of those who back onto visitable pathways (48), 60% support lighting; 40% oppose lighting
  • Of those who use visitable pathways (185), 78% support lighting; 17% oppose lighting, 4% are neutral

Engagement
The City reached out to households in the area by mail in late October 2018 to gather input on support and opposition of pedestrian lighting along several public pathways in the Bridgwater neighbourhood (called 'visitable pathways') through a survey.

If you have a question or would like to sign up for updates on this initiative, please email
City-Engage@winnipeg.ca or call 204-986-4243.

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Project Timeline

Timeline

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Background

The Bridgwater neighbourhood developer has requested that a requirement for pedestrian lighting along some of the public pathways (called 'visitable pathways') in the Bridgwater neighbourhood be removed from the development agreement. Visitable pathways are the public pathways located in the in the drainage area behind accessible homes with no-step entries in the Bridgwater neighbourhood (called 'visitable homes').

public visitable pathways diagram

There are approximately 3.67 km of visitable pathways in the Bridgwater neighbourhood. Visitable pathways make up over 11% of the pathways. Regular asphalt pathways make up the rest of the pathways. There are also concrete sidewalks in the neighbourhood.

In response to the request for amendment, the Public Service recommended denying the request in order to maintain the requirement for lighting on the pathways. The Riel Community Committee (July 9, 2018) recommended consultation with residents on pathway lighting. The Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development (SPC-PD) (September 4, 2018) directed the Public Service to consult the public on pathway lighting:

September 4, 2018 minutes - The Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development laid over the matter and directed the Winnipeg Public Service to consult with residents and gather feedback on support and opposition for the installation of lighting, and report back in 60 days.

If lighting is required, lighting will be installed and paid for by the developer and maintained by Manitoba Hydro.

Lighting would consist of 15 foot high light poles with a decorative top, installed along the pathway.

Lighting must provide a minimum of 5 Lux intensity along the path of travel. Due to the height of the poles and the proximity to the yards of the visitable houses, there may be light "spillage" onto properties.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Public Engagement Summary 2018-12-31 Report

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who covers the costs of adding lighting if lighting is required?
Lighting would be installed and paid for by the developer as part of the development agreement.
How can I provide input?
Engagement for Bridgwater pathway lighting is now closed. Bridgwater neighbourhood households received a postcard with a link to a survey. One survey per household was accepted. If you are interested in staying up to date on this initiative, please visit the Engage tab for more information.
Which pathways are being considered for pathway lighting?

The public pathways that are being considered for pathway lighting are called 'visitable pathways.' A visitable pathway is a public pathway located in the rear right of way of the visitable housing yards in the Bridgwater neighbourhood (50% of the lots in the Bridgwater neighbourhood are visitable).

There are approximately 3.67 km of visitable pathways in the Bridgwater neighbourhood. Visitable pathways make up over 11% of the pathways. Regular asphalt pathways make up the rest of the pathways. There are also concrete sidewalks in the neighbourhood.

public visitable pathways diagram

Bridgwater is one of Canada's first new developments to provide visitable homes. Visitable homes combine no-step entries, wide hallways and doorways, and main floor bathrooms. Visitable lots also include a drainage element behind the lot.

Where are the visitable pathways located?
Public pathways called 'visitable pathways' are located in the Bridgwater neighbourhood between houses located on portions of Eagleview Road, Lake Bend Road, Bluemeadow Road, Creekside Road, Clear Spring Road, Willow Brook Road, Cherrywood Road, and Willow Creek Road. Visitable pathways are identified on the maps in the Maps tab.
Why was the request to amend the agreement and remove pathway lighting rejected by the Public Service?
The request was reviewed by the Public Service, and it was recommended that based on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design criteria, the requirement for lighting not be removed from the Development Agreement conditions.
What are examples of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) criteria?

Four key Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles are natural surveillance (design space to ensure maximum visibility of activity), access control (limit and define access to a space as a means to control crime), territoriality (use physical elements to reflect ownership of space), maintenance and image (design space to be easily maintained).

Lighting guidelines using CPTED are:

  • Light public spaces, entrances, pedestrian routes, building entries and parking lots.
  • Lighting levels should be adequate to identify approaching people.
  • Lighting should be designed and installed to ensure even illumination.
  • Locate lighting in hard to reach places to reduce vandalism.

For more information, see the CPTED guiding principles.

What will pathway lighting look like?

If required, lighting would consist of 15 foot high light poles with a decorative top.

Example:


How bright will the lighting be?

As per Transportation Association of Canada guidelines, lighting must provide a minimum of 5 Lux intensity along the path of travel. Local residential streets are lit to a 4 Lux Level. The pathway would be lit just a bit brighter than the local streets at 5 Lux.

Due to the height of the poles and the proximity to the yards of the visitable houses, there may be light "spillage" onto properties.


If I have a visitable property, will lighting on the pathway impact me?
Lighting on visitable pathways would be installed and paid by the developer and maintained by Manitoba Hydro. Due to the height of the poles and the proximity to the yards of the visitable houses, there may be light "spillage" onto properties.
What is required for walkways in the rear of visitable housing?

Design elements for the right of way proposed and agreed upon by the City and Developer are as follows:

In the event the 6.25-m-wide rear yard rights-of-way associated with visitable housing are to be developed as public walkways (the "walkways"), the Developer shall:

i) ensure that all walkways provide a minimum 3.0-m-wide hard surface clear path of travel;

ii) construct all walkways to a standard that supports heavy equipment;

iii) ensure that all walkways are unencumbered by any land drainage infrastructure (e.g. manholes, catch basins or drainage swales);

iv) provide for bench/sitting nodes along the length of the walkways, the design of which shall be in accordance with Universal Design standards except that spacing may be extended to approximately 300-400 m on-centre or as deemed appropriate by the City's Universal Design Coordinator;

v) provide sod and, if possible, trees, along the length of the walkways;

vi) install pedestrian-scale lighting spaced along the length of the walkways, which must provide a minimum of 5 Lux intensity along the path of travel, and must be incorporated into the hard surfacing (but outside of the path of travel) so as to simplify site maintenance, all to the satisfaction of the Director of Public Works;

vii) construct, within the rear yards of all single-family lots abutting the walkways, a uniform wrought iron or other approved open-style fence 1.5 metres in height, 5 complete with one gate per property, to the satisfaction of the Director of Public Works and the Director of Planning, Property and Development, maintain and/or repair and/or replace the fence as originally constructed, to the satisfaction of the Director of Public Works and the Director of Planning, Property and Development, and permit the City to file a caveat against the title of each such lot requiring the owner(s) of those lots to fulfill those obligations;

viii) ensure that the owner of each property which backs onto the walkways is responsible for the maintenance of the turf in the portion of the walkways against which that property abuts, to the satisfaction of the Director of Public Works, as governed by this Agreement, or caveat, or City by-law; and

ix) ensure that CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) principles are applied to the walkways, particularly related to establishing clear sight lines between designated points of access/egress along the length of the walkways.

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