Win­nipeg’s fu­ture dis­cussed in doc­u­ments

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

There has been con­sid­er­able talk re­cently re­gard­ing the mas­ter plan draft on Win­nipeg’s fu­ture.

Orig­i­nally launched as Speak Up Win­nipeg, this was a com­pre­hen­sive, ex­haus­tive and in­clu­sive process that sought the in­put of all of this city’s cit­i­zens re­gard­ing fu­ture di­rec­tions for the next 25 years. There were dozens of work­shops in­volv­ing thou­sands of peo­ple. The re­sults are now avail­able.

Our Win­nipeg is a 110-page blue­print aimed at guid­ing the phys­i­cal, so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal devel­op­ment of our city. It delivers an in­tro­duc­tory over­view to the en­su­ing, more topic-di­rect doc­u­ments while pro­vid­ing food for thought in ar­eas such as safety, recre­ation and other qual­i­ties of life.

A Sus­tain­able Win­nipeg is 50 pages long and pro­vides a di­rec­tional strat­egy aimed at defin­ing sus­tain­abil­ity and then achiev­ing it. It ad­mits that sig­nif­i­cant change to our cur­rent way of think­ing will need to be in­tro­duced, while stat­ing that the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of sus­tain­abil­ity must be part of ev­ery de­ci­sion go­ing for­ward. It lays out some of these con­sid­er­a­tions while con­ced­ing that the tools will con­tinue to evolve over time.

Sus­tain­able Wa­ter and Waste is a 68page doc­u­ment that deals with wa­ter, waste­water, stormwa­ter and the Cap­i­tal Re­gion. Given the new wa­ter-treat­ment pro­ceed­ings, con­cerns about what we are do­ing to our wa­ter sys­tems and the amount of wa­ter that has fallen from the sky over the past three weeks, this is an ex­tremely rel­e­vant sub­ject. Af­ter all, the River City has a large rep­u­ta­tion to main­tain.

Sus­tain­able Trans­porta­tion is a 58page doc­u­ment that ad­dresses an ex­tremely hot topic in Win­nipeg. Last week, in­for­ma­tional work­shops were con­ducted on Tran­sit Ori­ented Devel­op­ment. The need for ef­fi­cient trans­porta­tion sys­tems be­ing de­vel­oped as the city grows and changes is crit­i­cal if we are to thrive over the next 25 years and be­yond.

Fi­nally, Com­plete Com­mu­ni­ties is a 162-page doc­u­ment that con­cen­trates on hous­ing, com­mer­cial devel­op­ment, parks and open ar­eas, ru­ral and agri­cul­tural lands, abo­rig­i­nal eco­nomic devel­op­ment ar­eas, air­port, her­itage con­ser­va­tion and the ur­ban and cap­i­tal re­gions. This is about where we live and how we live.

Fu­ture Satur­day col­umns will deal with these doc­u­ments in greater depth.

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