Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Development capped until school built

  • Print

City council wants to limit development in a new chunk of fast-growing Waverley West until a school is built in the area.

On Tuesday, council's property committee is poised to rezone 141 hectares of agricultural land in Waverley West to make way for up to 4,325 new residential homes and apartment units. Development in older Waverley West neighbourhoods has proceeded ahead of schedule.

But new conditions placed on the development mean residential development will be capped at only 1,050 units -- 750 single-family homes and 300 new apartment units -- until the Pembina Trails School Division builds an early-years to Grade 8 school on provincially owned land in the neighbourhood.

This condition was tagged onto the plan in September by Couns. Justin Swandel (St. Norbert), Dan Vandal (St. Boniface) and Brian Mayes (St. Vital), who sit on council's Riel community committee.

Existing Waverley West residents have complained there are no schools in the area. Pembina Trails School Division initially agreed to build six -- one in each section of the new suburb -- but now plans to build four larger schools.

This, in turn, has prompted complaints from residents and planners who hoped Waverley West would be more pedestrian-friendly.

Meanwhile, city hall is preparing to hit the reset button on a planning framework for the Corydon-Osborne area, three months after councillors abruptly cancelled a previous planning effort.

In July, council's property committee effectively killed a neighbourhood plan that had taken years to develop, following complaints about anti-development bias, levelled by the Corydon Avenue BIZ and several business owners.

On Tuesday, the same committee is expected to approve a new plan that would be created by an independent planning consultant. The goal is to create a planning framework that would strike a balance between the concerns of area residents and businesses, said committee chairman Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan).

Over the past decade, there have been periodic land-use conflicts between owners of restaurants on the Corydon Strip, residents of the adjacent Earl Grey and McMillan neighbourhoods and property developers.

The new plan will attempt to respect the needs of all parties and will incorporate work that has already been conducted in the past, Browaty said.

The city intends to pay for the plan with the help of $100,000 from the planning department budget. Pending committee approval, the city will issue a search for a private consultant as soon as possible.

In other city hall news, a former top adviser to Mayor Sam Katz has taken a new job with the City of Winnipeg.

Sherwood Armbruster, who served as Katz's chief of staff from 2007 to 2009, is returning to the city to work for the city clerk's department, city clerk Richard Kachur announced in an email.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 6, 2012 A5

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Drew Willy signs with Bombers through 2017

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • MIKE.DEAL@FREEPRESS.MB.CA 100615 - Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 The Mane Attraction - Lions are back at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Xerxes a 3-year-old male African Lion rests in the shade of a tree in his new enclosure at the old Giant Panda building.  MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
  • JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Local- A large osprey lands in it's nest in a hydro pole on Hyw 59  near the Hillside Beach turnoff turn off. Osprey a large narrow winged hawk which can have a wingspan of over 54 inches are making a incredible recovery since pesticide use of the 1950's and  1960's- For the last two decades these fish hawks have been reappearing in the Lake Winnipeg area- Aug 03, 2005

View More Gallery Photos


What should the new royal baby be named?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google