Winnipeggers’ continuing desire to move outside the city and enjoy a rural lifestyle is adding a rosy glow to the predictions of surrounding municipalities’ for 2013.
Reeves in the RMs of Cartier, Headingley, Macdonald, Rosser and St. Francois Xavier were asked about upcoming changes within their communities. Ongoing residential and commercial growth tops the list for 2013.
Macdonald reeve Rodney Burns expects to see residential development continue in Oak Bluff.
"It’s growing fairly quickly in that area," he said.
As well, he expects the investment made to provide sewer and water service to lots along McGillivray Boulevard to begin paying off with businesses buying the more than 40 commercial lots available.
"We want to see that area grow," Burns said.
Headingley reeve Wilf Taillieu said he expects to see residential development on the north side of the Assiniboine River. He also hinted that a large commercial venture within the municipality might be announced next year.
AMC Foam Technologies will open its new headquarters in Headingley’s Commercial Park in the fall of 2013, and construction might start on another section of the Heartland Estates Adult Living Complex.
"The future looks positive for Headingley," he said.
The focus for the RM of Rosser continues to be commercial growth within CentrePort, said reeve Frances Smee, despite a recent delay in having the City of Winnipeg provide water service to the area.
"We’re still going ahead with services to CentrePort land," she said.
Expansion of the municipal fire department, ongoing surveying and mapping work to improve drainage, and wetland and grassland restoration are also on Rosser’s to-do list for 2013.
Rosser is also working with the RM of Rockwood to help pay for renovations to the Grosse Isle Community Centre. Smee said she’d also like to have the municipality’s website redesigned and launch a community newsletter.
St. Francois Xavier reeve Roger Poitras said: "We’re keeping pace with our growth estimate of 2.5% per year." That translates to about 17 housing starts in 2013.
While renovations to the municipality’s community centre have been discussed, Poitras doesn’t expect work on the facility to begin next year.
It’s a different story in the RM of Macdonald where a $3.5 million overhaul of the La Salle Community Centre is scheduled. Burns said he hopes to attend a sod-turning ceremony by next summer.
The RM of Cartier completed its $1.9 million extension of a low-pressure sewer system to St. Eustache.
"We’re hoping to extend our low-pressure sewer services to other parts of the municipality," said reeve Roland Rasmussen.
An engineering company was recently hired to design a system for the Elie North, Fort Rouge and Springstein areas.
Rasmussen added that Cartier residents will start preparing for the municipality’s centennial in 2014.