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Planning, Property & Development

Local Area Plans

Background Studies

Below are a number of background studies that contributed to (or were a result of) past planning processes. These studies may also be used to inform future local area planning in Winnipeg.

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Armstrong's Point Neighbourhood Plan
South Point Douglas Neighbourhood Plan
St. Norbert

The City of Winnipeg has conducted a background study for the St. Norbert area, illustrated below. Data for the background study has been compiled using census data, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), field research, and community consultation.

St. Norbert Study Area - Click here to enlarge image
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The Neighbourhood

St. Norbert is one of the three officially bilingual neighbourhoods in Winnipeg. The study area occupies 25.7 km2, or about 5% of Winnipeg's total land area. St. Norbert is composed primarily of agricultural lands and, under Plan 2020 Winnipeg Vision, is broken down into four Rural Policy Areas (RPAs) and four Residential Policy Areas (RPAs).

St. Norbert was originally an Aboriginafl settlement and transitioned to a French-Métis community as immigrants arrived from Quebec and France in the 1820s. The area has been the site of significant historic events including the founding of Manitoba and enshrining of the rights of its people; an effort led by Louis Riel. The neighbourhood was also home to western Canada's first Trappist Monastery from the 1890s to the 1980s. A number of groups have formed in recent decades to preserve the area's heritage through the protection of historic buildings, heritage tours, and planning and design initiatives.

The Need for a Background Study

St. Norbert has recently seen new land uses and housing developments, and will likely be affected by a realignment of Highway 75 in the coming years. The background study would analyze these and other neighbourhood changes. The background study was also conducted in response to a request by the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development on March 25, 2008.

Directive from Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development
Disposition - March 25, 2008 (see Minute #164)

The Purpose of the Background Study

The goal of the background study is to help ensure that future planning interventions and land use decisions are based on accurate information and community concerns. Potential planning interventions may include secondary plans, planned development overlays (PDOs), or other regulatory tools.

Process and Implementation

Process and implementation chart

Public Service Report on St. Norbert Background Study to Riel Community Committee - January 2010

Background Study

  • St. Norbert Background Study – November 2009
    The purpose of the background study is to clarify neighbourhood issues and conditions, and help determine the scope of potential future planning activities in the St. Norbert area.
    Background Study
    Appendix A – D
    Appendix E – M
  • St. Norbert Planned Development Overlay (PDO) & Neighbourhood Main Streets Zoning Review Project
    One of the principle recommendations of the St. Norbert Background Study was the creation of a Planned Development Overlay (PDO) for the area encompassing the properties facing Pembina Highway.
  • Presentation to Group Action St. Norbert (GAS) - January 12, 2010
    A consultation session was held to present the background study, key findings, recommendations, and obtain feedback from with Group Action St. Norbert (GAS). GAS is an at-large group representing over fifteen different organizations and groups active in the St. Norbert area.

Community Consultation - June 24, 2009

An open house was held to incorporate community views into the background study. Participants shared detailed views and opinions, and helped establish the scope of existing land use and planning issues in St. Norbert.

Participants participated in discussions about the neighbourhood, and responded to information presented on poster boards, with facilitators stationed at various points.

Following the poster board exercise, participants were engaged in a ‘visioning' exercise and further discussion about St. Norbert.
Open House Flyer
Poster Boards
Open House Survey

Results of the Open House
Poster Board and Visioning Exercises
Exit Survey Results

Summary Report and Recommendation - To the Lord Selkirk - West Kildonan Community Committee - June 2008


Wildwood Park Neighbourhood Plan
Last update: February 23, 2017