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May 29, 2018


Development Application Notification Review underway and asking for the public’s input

Released: 10:01 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeggers are invited to provide their input on how the City of Winnipeg provides notification for land development applications. Residents are encouraged to provide input through an online survey. Input will be considered as part of a review of the City’s land development application notification processes.

The Land Development Application Notification Review is looking at ways to improve public notification of land development applications to ensure processes are as open and transparent as possible. Land development notification includes the ways the public is told about applications for both minor and major land development, including variances, conditional uses, rezoning, and subdivision of land. The public is currently notified of land development through newspaper advertisements and on-site postings, depending on the type of development.

Notifying the public of land development applications gives residents the opportunity to participate and provide input as part of development processes that shape the future of our community. Members of Council, the public, and the Public Service recognize the importance of updating our public notification processes to reflect changes in the residents’ expectations and changes in communications technology.

The online survey will ask for input on types of notification the public would like to see, how they would like to be notified of land development applications in their area, and how they would like notifications to look. The survey will be open until June 18, 2018. For more information, please visit winnipeg.ca/devnotificationreview.

Public invited to attend an open house for Winnipeg’s Recreation & Parks Strategies

Released: 10:45 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is inviting members of the public to share their input on Winnipeg’s Recreation & Park Strategies and where their priorities lie at upcoming open houses. The Strategies will provide a 25-year framework to help guide recreation and parks programs, services, policies, standards and procedures, and future investment in existing and new infrastructure.

The City is facing some difficult challenges in maintaining its aging infrastructure and making new investments to meet future needs. Much of Winnipeg’s existing recreation and parks infrastructure is at or near the end of its useful lifecycle, and we need to find out where Winnipeggers want to see future investment. As Winnipeg continues to grow and change, the need to make strategic, forward-thinking decisions to ensure the City can deliver high-quality recreation and parks services is essential.

Open House Details:

Date: June 12, 2018 June 13, 2018 June 14, 2018
Time: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location Sergeant Tommy Prince Place
90 Sinclair St.
Waverley Heights Community Centre
1885 Chancellor Dr.

Bronx Park Community Centre
720 Henderson Hwy.

Format: Drop-in (come and go) Drop-in (come and go) Drop-in (come and go)

The City will also be accepting input through an online survey until June 30, 2018. To fill out a survey or for more information, please see: winnipeg.ca/RecandParks.

Mayor Bowman To Attend Big City Mayors’ Caucus Meeting In Halifax

Released: 10:01 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Mayor Brian Bowman will join 21 Mayors from across Canada later this week as part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Big City Mayors’ Caucus meeting in Halifax and FCM’s Annual Conference and Trade Show.

“This is a great opportunity to meet colleagues from across Canada to discuss many different issues including the important role municipalities play in building Canada,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.

The Big City Mayors’ Caucus comprises a regionally representative group of FCM member cities. It meets two to three times a year to discuss shared issues and to reinforce FCM policy and advocacy agenda set by the National Board of Directors.

Big city mayors attending the meeting this week will discuss and receive updates on a number of items including the work of the opioid taskforce, the mental health summit in Toronto, and are scheduled to discuss next steps relating to federal bilateral infrastructure agreements.

“Key for Winnipeg and Manitoba is to get an update on the federal government’s review of our proposal to access federal funding to accelerate investment in rebuilding and rehabilitating Winnipeg’s regional road network,” said Mayor Bowman.

In July 2017, City Council unanimously supported a plan to accelerate regional road renewal in Winnipeg by leveraging federal funding through the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF). This federal government fund, established in 2014, was created to encourage investment in infrastructure projects that contribute to economic growth, job creation, and productivity. Rehabilitating regional roads is a category topping the list of eligible projects under the fund.

“Fixing our roads remains a top issue for many Winnipeggers, and I’m looking forward to getting an update on a proposal supported by every single member of Council,” said Mayor Bowman. “We need to build Winnipeg today for a population growing to a million people strong, and our city’s transportation infrastructure is a critical component of building our city for the future.”

Mayor Bowman will be participating on a panel with other Mayors to discuss how cities are using technology to help manage increased demand for access to information and to support public engagement.

“The need to connect wirelessly is certainly on a growth trajectory and local governments need to think creatively in how they use technology to connect with residents, improve information flow, and improve services while also reducing costs,” said Mayor Bowman citing Winnipeg’s leading edge Transportation Management Centre and associated partnership with WAZE as setting a standard for effective and efficient use of technology to engage with residents and improve traffic flow across the city.

Mayor Bowman will also provide an update to Big City Mayors on the work being undertaken in Winnipeg to support the establishment of urban reserves.

“To grow Winnipeg, we need to be open to all economic opportunities and options regardless of their shape or size,” said Mayor Bowman. “And it’s a collaborative approach that works best because when governments work together with those wanting to build our city, those who are willing to invest in it and carry the risk of doing so, we end up building a city that’s much better today than it was yesterday.”

Mayor Bowman said urban reserves have proven themselves to be an opportunity contributing not only to increased economic opportunities for Indigenous people, but are also a powerful opportunity available to help build and develop the city.

“I look forward to building inter-governmental cooperation, collaboration, and understanding of the opportunities as well as the challenges municipalities face in facilitating the establishment of urban reserves,” said Mayor Bowman.

FCM’s Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 3rd, and will mark the completion of Winnipeg Councillor Jenny Gerbasi’s term as President of FCM.

“Councillor Gerbasi served Winnipeg and municipalities across Canada very well over the past year,” said Mayor Bowman. “It was great having Councillor Gerbasi serve in this role over the last year and want to thank her for all the work, commitment, and leadership she has demonstrated,” said Mayor Bowman.

The Big City Mayor’s Caucus meeting and FCM Conference and Trade Show run from May 31 until June 3 in Halifax. The FCM’s Annual Conference and Trade Show brings together 2,000 delegates and is Canada’s largest gathering of municipal officials. Winnipeg hosted the annual conference two years ago at the RBC Convention Centre.

May 29, 2018