By Sarah Klein
Details of the largest public consultation in the city’s history were released Wednesday in a draft blueprint for the future in all key areas, particularly land use and development.
Our Winnipeg is a long-range plan created to guide the city over the next 25 years. The draft takes four main direction strategies, including complete communities, sustainable transportation, sustainable water and waste, and a sustainable Winnipeg.
Over 42,000 Winnipeggers provided input on the project, which helped create the Our Winnipeg draft available for review right now. Six public information sessions will be held from May 27 to June 3, or citizens can voice their opinion by visiting Winnipeg.ca.
Input received will be compiled into a report that will accompany Our Winnipeg through the by-law and public hearing processes.
The year-long Our Winnipeg initiative was launched in April 2009 at the “A Sustainable Winnipeg” symposium by Mayor Sam Katz. It was followed by a year of public meetings and workshops to ask Winnipeggers about their priorities and their ideas for solutions.
“The review of this draft is an exciting next step,” said Michelle Richard, Coordinator of the city’s Our Winnipeg project. “We’re anticipating significant population growth over the next 25 years, and this new civic plan will help us plan for it in an effective and sustainable way.”