OurWinnipeg Update January 2014
We’d like to take an opportunity to provide you with an update on some recent, key initiatives that the City has been undertaking as part of implementation of OurWinnipeg.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the City of Winnipeg are partnering in a CLASP for Winnipeg initiative. CLASP (Coalition Linking Action and Science for Prevention) is an initiative to reduce risk factors for chronic disease through the creation of healthy communities that support active transportation and physical activity. Through this partnership, the WRHA and the City have been working with local stakeholders to consider the health perspective in some initiatives that are likely to positively influence Winnipeg’s built environment. Stay tuned for more information!
On September 25, 2013, Council adopted a new City of Winnipeg Housing Policy, and an Implementation Plan for the Policy is underway and will be considered by Council in the next few weeks. Click this link and scroll to item 2 to see a copy of the Housing Policy.
“OurWinnipeg in Action”
OurWinnipeg in Action sees 500-1000 unique visitors per month. This online map tool is continually updated, and a new development project is slated to be added soon. OurWinnipeg in Action offers you a chance to learn about the City’s urban structure and innovative development projects that are taking place in different parts of the city.
OurWinnipeg Report to the Community
The second annual OurWinnipeg Report to the Community, which provides an update on OurWinnipeg related activities, is available online. Check it out here.
Complete Communities Toolbox Checklist
Significant progress has been made on the development of a Complete Communities Checklist which will serve as a non-regulatory tool to help promote the development of complete communities throughout Winnipeg.
Community Climate Change Action Plan
The City of Winnipeg is updating its community greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and is undertaking a detailed forecast of how these emissions may change over the next two decades as we continue to implement OurWinnipeg and its supporting direction strategies. This inventory and forecast will provide a basis for the development of a Community Climate Change Action Plan. Stay tuned for more information!
Recent planning initiatives
peter j. smith & company was selected to facilitate a stakeholder engagement process toward the creation of a Corydon-Osborne Plan. A public workshop was held November 13, 2013, building on engagement sessions held in 2011 and 2012. Additional public engagements and a preliminary draft plan are anticipated for early this year. Click here to learn more.
Complete Communities/ Zoning By-Law Alignment
The City of Winnipeg is making changes to its downtown and city-wide zoning by-laws to better reflect the vision of OurWinnipeg and the Complete Communities Direction Strategy. This project involves text amendments, or small adjustments, to zoning regulations, rather than a comprehensive review. For adjustments applying to the Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-Law, City Council has endorsed the initial recommendations (click here and scroll to the item), and will be holding a public hearing on the by-law amendments early this year. For the Winnipeg Zoning By-Law, Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development will be considering the recommendations at its meeting on January 14, 2014.
Digital Signs and Billboards
On April 24, 2013, Council adopted new regulations pertaining to digital signs and billboards including dimensions, placement, operational standards such as brightness, and other factors. Click here to see the new regulations.
On February 27, 2013, Council adopted new regulations pertaining to Secondary Suites. A Secondary Suite is a second housing unit added to a single lot. It can either be attached or detached from the existing house/dwelling and is generally smaller than the existing dwelling. The new regulations provide more options to those who are considering Secondary Suites. Click here to see the new regulations.
Continuing the conversation
Staff from the City’s Planning, Property and Development Department engage groups and stakeholders inside and outside the City of Winnipeg through presentations, community events, and online, in order to foster continued discussion related to implementation of OurWinnipeg. For more information, visit SpeakUpWinnipeg.com or contact us.
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