Projects approved at Riel community committee


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Chris Melnick (left) is pictured at the second annual Family Literacy Fun Day, which was held at Lord Roberts Community Centre in March 2020. It was the last time the Share the Magic book program was able to hold the event in person. The charity received a per capita grant for $500 at the recent Riel community committee meeting.



The Riel community committee met on Nov. 14 for the first time since the municipal election in October.

The committee remains comprised of councillors Matt Allard (St. Boniface), Markus Chambers (St. Norbert-Seine River) and Brian Mayes (St. Vital), all of whom were-elected for another term, and will remain in place for the next four years (Chambers retained his seat by acclamation).

During the meeting, the committee concurred with the recommendation of the city’s public service and approved plans for Southwood Golf & Country Club at 80 Rue des Ruines du Monastere. According to documents available at, the applicant wants to expand the club’s existing dining facilities by constructing an outdoor dining area at the northeast corner of Southwood’s existing clubhouse building. The club is located in the St. Norbert-Seine River ward.

The committee also concurred with the recommendation of the public service and plans for Grey Heron Drive. The plan is for a 15-unit townhouse-style, multi-family use property in the northern part of Sage Creek in the St. Vital ward. The 33,147-square foot site is located on the east side of Grey Heron Drive between Witham Road and Grey Heron Drive and currently underdeveloped, according to the city. The proposal includes the construction of four, two-storey buildings (consisting of 15 units) with a total of 29 parking stalls.

The committee approved a per capita grant for $500 from the St. Vital ward allocation to the Share the Magic book program to help with its annual fundraising drive. Share the Magic’s founder and executive director is former NDP MLA for Riel, Christine Melnick.

A number of public hearings were also held. A conditional use for 1500 Dakota St., to allow for two additional outdoor dining areas, was approved. A variance for 875 St. Mary’s Rd. was approved, to allow for a mixed-use commercial and residential building, along with a conditional use to allow for accessory parking. Plans of the final design must be approved by the committee before construction begins.

An application to the property at 122 St. Anne’s Rd. for commercial mixed use, along with a variance regarding parking and reduction in north and south side yard size, was approved.

“The development itself is a good densification of that major corridor along St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s,” Mayes said in support of the project. “The neighbours might not be pleased with the parking, on the other end if there’s a lane to be obtained out of that, then I think that’s a good benefit for the community.”

The committee also approved rezoning, subdivision, and variance applications for the property southwest of St. Mary’s Road and Redview Drive, to make one PR1 zone, or park land, and the rest zoned for low-density, multi-family development.

“Based on the different iterations of this project that I’ve seen, this is the most accommodating in terms of moving or reducing the height of the wings down to three storeys and rotating the orientation so that the massing of the building faces the river and the north side of the property that has lots of trees that are already existing and a larger set-back from the homes that are on Redview,” Chambers said in support.

Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller
Community Journalist

Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at or call him at 204-697-7111.

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