Planning for our shared future: OurWinnipeg & Complete Communities

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Our city is growing and changing. By 2040, our city is expected to grow by more than 160,000 people, add more than 83,000 new jobs, and require approximately 82,000 new housing units. This is equivalent to adding three cities the size of Brandon, MB to the Winnipeg over the next 20 years.

To accommodate this growth, policies, plans and guidelines are being developed and updated to respond appropriately to the changes we face. This website presents two major planning projects and related materials to provide Winnipeggers with an opportunity to learn about how planning shapes our city, and provide feedback on how you would like to see the City grow in the future.

Please take a moment to consider the materials presented. You can ask questions and provide feedback through the tools listed below.


What are we talking about?

OurWinnipeg

This is the City of Winnipeg's city-wide master plan, which guides development through policy.

Complete Communities Direction Strategy 2.0 (CCDS)

Part of the OurWinnipeg master plan, Complete Communities is the primary document for determining how land will be developed as we grow.

Thank you to those who got involved in the virtual events and provided feedback online from July 15 to August 10, 2020. Your feedback is being analyzed and considered to draft the final OurWinnipeg and Complete Communities Direction Strategy 2.0 for Council consideration.

Our city is growing and changing. By 2040, our city is expected to grow by more than 160,000 people, add more than 83,000 new jobs, and require approximately 82,000 new housing units. This is equivalent to adding three cities the size of Brandon, MB to the Winnipeg over the next 20 years.

To accommodate this growth, policies, plans and guidelines are being developed and updated to respond appropriately to the changes we face. This website presents two major planning projects and related materials to provide Winnipeggers with an opportunity to learn about how planning shapes our city, and provide feedback on how you would like to see the City grow in the future.

Please take a moment to consider the materials presented. You can ask questions and provide feedback through the tools listed below.


What are we talking about?

OurWinnipeg

This is the City of Winnipeg's city-wide master plan, which guides development through policy.

Complete Communities Direction Strategy 2.0 (CCDS)

Part of the OurWinnipeg master plan, Complete Communities is the primary document for determining how land will be developed as we grow.

Thank you to those who got involved in the virtual events and provided feedback online from July 15 to August 10, 2020. Your feedback is being analyzed and considered to draft the final OurWinnipeg and Complete Communities Direction Strategy 2.0 for Council consideration.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Still looking for further information or clarification after reading the materials provided? Please submit your questions here, and a member of the project team will post a response within 5 business days.

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    Hello, with the goal of sustainable development and the growth of our city, citizens/residents expect/want more services from their city. How does the plan approach the funding gap/deficit with respect to infrastructure (roads/water), parks, community centres. The city has grown by thousands of people during the past two decades and thousands of residential dwellings have been built, yet the city struggles financially to meet what new communities require and at the same time the city still needs to maintain the infrastructure what existing communities have/assets management. How does the plan address support for existing neighbourhoods, yet be ready to support future neighbours? *Submitted at virtual event*

    about 1 month ago

    Policy 1.8 (Accountable Revenue Generation) and policy 1.6 (Results-based Budgeting) speak to offseting service costs  and maximizing community return on investment intergenerationally. Policy 6.7 (Fiscally Sustainable Growth) speaks to the development of tools to equitably share costs related to development, 6.23 (New Communities) speaks to a defined level of service for pubic infrastructure to achieve complete communities. Policy 6.30 discusses what a full range of municipal services for urban land use designations which includes existing neighbourhoods. Complete Communities Direction Strategy 2.0 describes these policies in more detail.

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    Infill and density are an important goal for the city but what is the plan to avoid turning areas into urban heat islands. How will Trees and greenspace must be be incorporated in to infill planning. It is a mid-level to low priority for the city that has not happened yet. *Submitted at virtual event*

    about 1 month ago

    Policy 2.21 (Leverage Green Infrastructure) speaks to the urban forest role in mitigating and adapting to the urban heat island effect. Policy 6.2 (Complete Communities Characteristics) include access to nature which would apply to new and infill development. OurWinnipeg sets the direction for the City but it does not identify the priority level for what will happen first.The Strategic Priorities Action plan will begin the process of policy alignment to the budget as that sets priorities. The Residential Infill Guidelines are anticipated for public engagement in Fall 2020 and may shed some light on this.

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    Does the low income housing policies you have planned take into account the Province’s plan to sell of the stock in Manitoba Housing and the potential fallout? *Submitted at virtual event*

    about 1 month ago

    Policy doesn't specifically speak to that detailed context as this is a 25 year plan and its goals should outlast any specific Council or Provincial government actions although they do impact the City. Government action or inaction doesn't occur in isolation and collaboration and partnership are critical. Policy 1.12 (Integrated Regional Planning) identifies housing choice, and policy 4.4 (Affordable and Supportive Housing Options speaks to the need for those partnerships. The Complete Communities Direction Strategy 2.0 has some additional housing policy detail for review as well.

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    There is not a Masterplan for Greenspace, there are plans that cover part of this topic such as the upcoming Recreation and Parks Strategy and Urban Forest Strategy, but much is missing from both of these. There are not parks and connecting corridors laid out while land is still is available. National goals are for 30% natural areas protected by 2030. The Master Transportation Plan has streets and roads and plans and objectives. Greenspace is increasingly important to people with the tree crisis looming, waterways overdeveloped, urban heat island effect, loss of bio diversity. Greenspace is not an add on or simply quality of life. Enhancement and increasing greenspace should be part of the goal beyond protect and value. Winnipeg Climate Action Plan lacked greenspace content and focused on GHG. *Submitted at virtual event*

    about 1 month ago

    Thank you for sharing your perspective on a potential policy gap, the importance of greenspace and natural areas and alignment between City plans. We heard greenspaces were also important to participants of Phase 1 public engagement and integrated into the policy. Environmental Resilience, Objective 5 sets the stage for valuing the role natural ecosystems and green spaces play. Policy speaks to green infrastrucutre (2.20), public spaces (4.13), major open spaces (6.27), urban forests (2.21) and local food (2.22).

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    Is the policy going to address a more stable "state of emergency" solutions, especially for those who are systematically disadvantaged" although we hope it doesn't happen again, it definitely seems like something that needs to be thought out more, in regards to SDG. *Submitted at virtual event*

    about 1 month ago

    The draft OurWinnipeg talks about resilience, so we can be prepared for change and adapt quickly and collaboratively. Two policies speak most directly to this, 1.9 (Responsive Change Management) and 4.7 (Community Safety). Other policy that supports resilience all year round, not just in crisis situations includes circular economy (2.15), community economic development, local food supply (2.22), affordable and supportive housing (5.2).

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    In light of recent questions about funding to police, has there been any recommendation to re-allocate funding towards social programs to prevent the need for policing? *Submitted at virtual event*

    about 1 month ago

    Policy 4.3 (Proactive Health Intervention) speaks to how the City can be more proactive in addressing the root causes of socio-economic challenges residents face and understanding the social determinants of health. Policy 4.6 (Community Safety) speaks to crime prevention and trusting relationships but the policy doesn't  describe how this would happen or if redistribution of funds in needed. Economic Prosperity policy 3.12  (Poverty Reduction) links the need for basic needs to be met. A debate on re-allocating funds  would occur during annual review of the multi-year budget. More detail on  Winnipeg Police Service priorities can be found in their strategic plan "A Culture of Safety for All".

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    Would your plan encourage more resident associations to be partly or totally funded by the city. My suggestion is to simply to bring a more continuous community approach to understand the needs and vision of the community. *Submitted at virtual event*

    about 1 month ago

    Policy 1.10 and 1.11 (Representative and Participatory Democracy) supports active and representative participation of community members on issues that impact them. Resident associations are one form this could take to achieve. Policy 1.16 speaks to funding of community organizations and how to determine priorities for funding for community benefit.

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    Why was I not informed when my neighbour's house was taken down last year? *Submitted at virtual event*

    about 1 month ago

    This level of detail is not covered in OurWinnipeg. Demolitions require a permit. Please contact Zoning & Permits Branch, Unit 31 - 30 Fort Street or call 204-986-5140 for details on the process.

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    River Heights needs more low income housing, is this goal or policy for the future? *Submitted at virtual event*

    about 1 month ago

    Policy 5.2 (Affordable and Supportive Housing Options) describes housing as a human right so that would mean that there should be affordable housing options in all neighbourhoods so they are complete with a diversity of income levels living there. The City can support the development of affordable housing through land use and zoning tools. Social housing is a Provincial responsibility. Policy 5.3 (End Homelessness) speaks to Housing First Policy that could support ending homelessness and  policy 6.33 (Affordable and Supportive Housing Options) discuss the kind of housing options that would support a sustainable mix of options.

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    That answer raises the question of implementation. A lot aspirational plans fall flat when there isn’t buy in of senior staff. How have they been engaged and ensure that they are fully on board with goals and implementation? *Submitted at virtual event*

    about 1 month ago

    City senior leadership and employees have been working closely with us throughout and this has brought us to the point of bringing this draft for public feedback.