Mayoral Candidate Gord Steeves promised to revise how land is developed in Winnipeg, starting with getting rid of community committee meetings.
“Gone will be the draconian methods of community committee, which rewards a ‘Not in my Backyard’ syndrome,” reads a statement in a press release. “This will be replaced by a system which re-centralizes control to City Council, so decisions are made in the best interests of the city, not of one small group.”
“As it stands now, 15 ward cities develop and applicants begin to know which councilors will stomach development and who will not,” Steeves said. “If a councilor changes within a ward, and the new councilor is more development friendly, then back we go to that area. There needs to be a system where decisions based on vision and principles.”
Instead of community committee, citizens and local councilors will get their say about public development in a public hearing, said Steeves.