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Planning, Property & Development

About City Planning & Design

The majority of the world's people live in cities and urban governments are on the forefront of the world’s development and economy. More than ever before, cities are the leading production centres for culture and innovation, are the leaders on global issues like climate change, and, if they are to compete successfully for sustainable growth, are required to deliver a high quality of life now and for future generations.

Like all City departments, our work is guided by policies found in OurWinnipeg, the City's long-range plan, which provides a vision and policies that influence the delivery of City services, how residents get around the city, and how the city grows.

Our work is also guided by the Complete Communities Direction Strategy, Winnipeg’s land use plan. This title reflects one of the City's main land use goals, which is to facilitate population growth while supporting a variety of lifestyle choices and opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to live, work, shop, learn and have fun in close proximity to one another.

The Urban Planning & Design Division brings people together to gather ideas, discuss opportunities and challenges, and provide professional advice about current and future land use and development in Winnipeg.This includes Downtown Planning and Urban Design, creating Local Area Plans, enabling affordable housing and providing urban design advice.

This includes responding to urgent planning needs by reviewing proposed developments to make sure they follow existing policies; reviewing designs for buildings and public spaces; providing planning advice to City departments and the general public; and preparing recommendations for decision-makers.

Our work also involves planning for future environmental, economic, social development and physical growth by supporting the creation and implementation of long-range policies such as OurWinnipeg and Complete Communities, through research, analysis and public engagement; planning and designing parks and recreation spaces; and developing programs to strengthen community recreation infrastructure and conserve Winnipeg's built heritage.

Our work includes preserving riverbanks and natural areas, and supporting corporate and city-wide environmental sustainability.

To improve quality of life, planning a community needs the help of many people working together to achieve a common goal, including: the public, community groups, developers, other City departments, and elected officials. The Urban Planning & Design Division brings people together to gather ideas, discuss opportunities and challenges, and provides professional advice about current and future development in Winnipeg.

Here is a list of Urban Planning & Design projects.

Last update: January 13, 2020

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