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The Riel community committee met for the first time this year on Jan. 3 to deal with a number of items, including per capita grants, plan approvals and traffic-related motions.

Plans were approved for 130 Provencher Blvd. in the St. Boniface ward. The property is located at the southeast corner of Provencher Boulevard and Tache Avenue, and the site contains a one-storey, multi-tenant commercial building. The proposal includes replacing fascia signs featuring branding and information about Pizza Hotline.

Plans were also approved for two new residences at 132 Pilgrim Ave. in the St. Vital ward. The 5,100-square-foot site contains a one-and-a-half-storey, 964-square-foot, single-family home built in 1945. The applicant is proposing two new detached, single-family residences on the recently split parcel into two residential zoning lots. The existing house on the property will be demolished. The proposed lots are serviced by a back lane. No front driveways nor attached garages are being proposed.

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An amendment to the zoning agreement at 685 St. Mary’s Rd., as well as a variance for the property, were approved, to allow for a three-storey multifamily development.

Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) submitted a motion to the committee for consideration regarding a traffic study on Shorehill Drive south of Bishop Grandin Boulevard in the St. Vital ward. The motion states the standing policy committee on public works be requested to direct the public service to do a traffic study in the area and find proposed solutions to safety issues surrounding the visibility of parked cars, including restricted parking close to Bishop Grandin Boulevard or implementing time-limited parking during rush hours.

Mayes also submitted a motion to the committee for consideration regarding traffic infrastructure improvements in the areas of St. Mary’s Road and St. Anne’s Road in the St. Vital ward. The motion states the standing policy committee on public works be requested to direct the public service to report back on: “A rationale for the exclusion of a light-rail option for the Main Street-St. Mary’s Road rapid transit network” and alternative proposals for this network. The motion also asks if “infrastructure improvements may still be implemented on St Mary’s Road or St. Anne’s Road under the 2005 Transit Master Plan, including cut-away lanes for bus stops.”

Public hearings were also held on a number of subdivision, rezoning, and variance applications within the ward.

The committee approved the addition of the Glenwood Planned Development Overlay, a bylaw amendment which aims to guide infill development in the area.

“No other neighbourhoods in the city got afforded this through the infill guidelines, just Glenwood,” Mayes said in support. “That triggered some criticism as well, but I think most councillors, having sat through dozens of appeals, recognized that there was something going on in Glenwood at a harder pace than elsewhere.”

An amendment to the zoning agreement at 685 St. Mary’s Rd., as well as a variance for the property, were approved, to allow for a three-storey multifamily development.

“I don’t think the density is out of keeping with the neighbourhood,” Mayes said. “We approved a lot of development along St. Anne’s.”

Subdivision, rezoning, and variance applications were approved, to allow for a low-density multifamily unit to be built on the property, which had been single family, despite a number of residents registered in opposition.

“There’s a great irony here that we’ve spent the last five years with people saying it should be one building and these horrible lot-splits in Glenwood that keep happening over and over again and they are saying at least make it one house, make it a duplex,” Mayes said. “Here we have it — it’s a triplex, but at least its one structure which is more in-keeping with the neighbourhood and better environmentally to not have two separate new buildings.”

The next Riel community committee meeting is scheduled for Tues., Jan. 24 at 9:30 a.m.

Sheldon Birnie

Sheldon Birnie
Community Journalist

Sheldon Birnie is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. The author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writing has appeared in journals and online platforms across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. A husband and father of two young children, Sheldon enjoys playing guitar and rec hockey when he can find the time. Email him at sheldon.birnie@canstarnews.com Call him at 204-697-7112

Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller
Community Journalist

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

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