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Residents’ Group ponders ponds and Fraipont

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The Island Lakes Residents’ Group held its annual general meeting at Island Lakes Community School on Nov. 5 to discuss upcoming projects and review last year’s issues.

First, the new development south of Island Lakes, called Fraipont, was discussed. This is the property at the corner of Warde Avenue and De La Seigneurie Boulevard which extends to the Perimeter Highway. It was owned by Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation and the City of Winnipeg and was sold earlier this year to Genstar Corporation. The construction start date for the new project is set for 2015.

Triple M Consulting has been hired to develop and set up the new development which will be separate from Island Lakes. It is expected that the Fraipont will have 1,200 to 1,500 new homes, depending on what is required by the builder and approved by the city. By comparison, there are approximately 2,500 homes in Island Lakes.

Over the next 12 months, Triple M will hold public forums to present plans and gather feedback from area residents on how the new area should be laid out. The ILRG will keep everyone posted at www.islandlakes.org

Also at the AGM, guest speaker Lisette Ross of Ducks Unlimited made a presentation on our current pond structure. Because it is man-made, it needs constant, costly upkeep because our urban storm water ponds suffer from poor water quality, excess algae and turbidity.

A solution would be to convert the ponds into naturalized storm water ponds and introduce native plants, a plan based on solutions used in wetlands.

This would benefit the current Island Lakes storm water pond structure and, over time, would reduce the amount of maintenance costs. It would also reduce the amount of geese around such areas as geese do not prefer wading through longer taller grasses. For more information please see  www.ducks.ca/what-we-do/nps/

Please note that ILRG still has open positions for infrastructure director and fundraising director. If anyone is interested, please contact www.islandlakes.org

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