Winnipeg Impact Fees – Legal Challenge Update
Today, the court order finalizing the decision in the Impact Fee court application was signed by Justice Edmonds and took immediate effect. The court order quashes the City of Winnipeg’s Impact Fee by-law and instructs the City to refund the fees collected plus interest to those who paid them. With the court order now in…
The Growth Planning Gap
OurWinnipegTM was adopted as the City’s municipal development plan in 2010. It sets a number of directions and a 25 year vision for Winnipeg to become A City That Works, A Sustainable City and a city where all residents enjoy a high Quality of Life. Four supporting documents, the direction strategies, important to the implementation of the plan were subsequently adopted – Complete Communities, A Sustainable Winnipeg, Sustainable Transportation, and Sustainable Water and Waste.
People Polarized on the Suburbs
When we think about where or how our city can grow to accommodate the anticipated increase in population there is an important factor we cannot ignore: where do people want to live? While there are numerous studies on the environmental, social and economic benefits of smartly designed density, simply building multi-family units downtown won’t fill the…
Does Winnipeg Have a Density Problem?
In a previous article we discussed Winnipeg’s reputation as a sprawling, low density city, but how bad is our density really? In researching density across Canada and the World, we discovered the Global Human Settlement Layer, an open, academic dataset of census data compiled from across the world providing information on global settlement patterns. The…
Winnipeg’s Sprawling Reputation
Winnipeg has been deemed by some as a sprawling, low density city, consuming countless acres of land without caution or care. But where did this come from? In order to understand where Winnipeg got this “bad city” reputation, we first need to take a step back in time. In 2001, Chris Leo wrote a paper…