Jan. 26 2021
On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Winnipeg City Council will consider two long term planning documents (OurWinnipeg 2045 and Complete Communities Direction Strategy 2.0) that will enable development on land that is zoned parkland.
The planning documents set out the specific steps for development on Public Major Open Spaces.
These "MAJOR OPEN SPACES" are large parks, golf courses and natural green space located throughout the city.
They are identified for future development.
THIS IS THE WRONG WAY FOR THE CITY TO GO
WINNIPEG LAGS BEHIND OTHER CANADIAN CITIES
(See attached graph)
6% of Winnipeg's total city land area is public park land, below the average of 9% for Canadian cities. (2020 Park People Report)
Golf course lands are zoned park land and make up 1% of total city area. If the city chose to include them they could increase public park total area to 7%
Public Major Open Space (all large parks and golf courses) makes up over 3% of City's 6% public park land. (city data)
Public Major Open Space includes all City-owned municipal golf courses, regional parks and nature parks areas over 40 hectares (approx.100acres). They are Winnipeg’s largest parks located mostly along rivers. They are described as “attractive for development”.
(See attached map)
Examples of public major open spaces are King’s Park, Kildonan GC, Canoe Club, Tuxedo GC, Whittier Park, Assiniboine Forest, Harbour View.
LINKS TO KEY DOCUMENTS
City of Winnipeg Website EPC Agenda Items 7. And 8.
1. OurWinnipeg 2045 Plan
2. Complete Communities Direction Strategy2.0
3. Major Open Space Chapter of Complete Communities (6 pages)
It is a backward policy to reduce green space when we are facing a growing population, climate change impacts and a global pandemic.
GREEN SPACE IS UNDER ATTACK AND NEEDS YOUR HELP
OURS-Winnipeg asks that you read the information links and go to www.ours-winnipeg.com for detailed information.
ACT TO SAVE GREENSPACE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Ask your Mayor and Councillors for an amendment to the Major Open Space Chapter to remove development options.
We will alert you to upcoming public engagement opportunities and the public hearing.
Contact us if you are able to help.