Winnipeg officials wanted to bring the CentrePort lands that lie within the RM of Rosser into the city but the Selinger government wouldn’t allow it.
Mayor Sam Katz said the recommendation from city officials was to amalgamate the Rosser lands to facilitate servicing the area with water and sewers.
"The first recommendation was to take those (CentrePort) lands and make them part of Winnipeg – the province said no," Katz said.
Katz was commenting on the formalization of a service agreement with Rosser he announced last week, that will see the city provide the RM with waste-water treatment for the CentrePort project.
Katz said the city decided to do a service agreement with Rosser because the city has the capacity within its system and it will facilitate the growth of CentrePort, which means Winnipeg will get a share of the revenue jobs and businesses that will be attracted to the area because of the complex.
CentrePort is being promoted as the province’s multi-modal inland port, where business can ship goods across North America in a variety of transportation means.
Several RMs on the city’s borders have controversial residential and commercial development projects that many consider undermine Winnipeg’s ability to deliver services to its residents.
A Toronto developer is proposing a Walmart shopping mall on the city’s northeastern corner which would use Winnipeg residential streets as the only access routes.
Residential enclaves have popped up just outside the city’s boundaries, where the RMs offer lower property taxes combined with the ease and proximity of working in Winnipeg.
Katz said as long as the province is opposed, Winnipeg’s boundaries will never expand to capture the residential and industrial lands in the neighbouring RMs.