As you may know, I am a strong believer in engaging residents in neighbourhood planning.
Understanding and articulating a common vision for a community and then creating guidelines that bring us closer to that vision is what good planning is all about!
The Corydon-Osborne planning process is well underway and is expected to be completed in the coming months. The need for a neighbourhood plan has been apparent for a long time given the change that the area has seen. This plan gives residents, businesses, and other stakeholders the opportunity to be part of a collective vision for the community and to guide new development so that it keeps the area thriving, vibrant and also preserves the quality of life of residents.
The next step will be a public meeting for people to give input into the draft plan, likely in the latter part of February. Watch your mailbox for information on this! You can also sign up for email updates and review the information to date on the city’s website at:
I am also pleased to congratulate the Wildwood Park "Wildwood Into Tomorrow" (WIT) Committee for its hard work on preparing and releasing a neighbourhood background study at a well-attended meeting on Jan. 16 at the Wildwood Community Club. This group of dedicated Wildwood residents carried out surveys, focus groups, and meetings over the last several years with some guidance and support from City of Winnipeg planners. The report is a thorough look at the issues, needs and character of Wildwood Park. It is my intention to move a motion early in February to have council adopt the document as a guide for city planners and also to consider specific changes to our zoning bylaw that would protect the unique open green-space design of the park.
There will also be extensive public consultations coming soon for the Wildwood Park, Point Road, and Crescent Park Neighbourhoods as part of the City of Winnipeg Active Transportation strategy. The planning is to take place this year with the goal to implement improvements for walking and cycling options for 2015.
Proper planning will facilitate developments that are compatible and complementary to existing residents while rejuvenating and creating healthier communities. Good planning also leads to better thought-out investments in infrastructure, creating a more pedestrian-friendly streetscape.
A big thank-you to the residents, business owners and others who have given of their time to help plan our neighbourhoods!