I want to thank in particular the Residents Association for their support of the plan.
Before my election, when I was president of the Old St Boniface residents association, I became aware one of the reasons Provencher blvd isn’t thriving as it could be, is because of our low residential population and density.
Provencher currently lack lacks the neighbouring density that other successful commercial strips enjoy like Osborne and Corydon. This was a factor behind the closing of the neighbourhood grocery store IGA; a major blow the community. This plan sets us on the right track to fix this.
Extensive public consultation occurred for this plan, over nearly two years, and if you look at the numbers it’s clear to me that it enjoys broad agreement, with over 50% of residents generally in support
I’d like to address and rebut one comment in particular that was made during this process of one of the opponents of this plan. One resident stated; “I am extremely concerned that the intensification of land use in the bylaw will reduce the number of french speakers in the area”. I understand how someone who heard that might be frightened. But fear is all there is, because if you take a moment to think about it, you’ll find the opposite is true.
This plan will provide a framework for providing the diversity of housing options needed in St. Boniface
One group whose voice isn’t always heard, is the New Canadian community, many of whom in St Boniface are Francophones.
Many of them are friends of mine, many want to live in the area, many of them are priced out of the area, and many of them - even if they weren’t priced out - wouldn't be able to move in because there simply aren’t enough homes to meet the demand.
On my street, a single family home just sold recently for over over $550,000, a second for $650,000. The Point Hebert development has primarily produced new single family homes, and some of them are starting to be listed around $1 Million.
That is just totally out of scope for many young families and new homeowners, many of them francophone, who are trying to move into our community. It is clear to me that a dense, diverse, and affordable housing stock is what aspiring francophone, anglophone, and all other St Boniface residents would truly benefit from.
We have parks in St. Boniface that - while beautiful - are deserted for much of the day and night, leading some to become home to social problems, and feel very unsafe, especially for women. Parks need people, and we need more eyes on our streets and parks to ensure public safety and a sense of security.
Another point of contention I’d like to address; this plan is just for the area north of Provencher Blvd. We were able to come up with this process and these changes because they are amendments, we had an existing plan last amended in 2007 already. There's of course work to do south of Provencher, and everywhere in Winnipeg.
These plans help provide greater certainty for developers, and residents.
This plan preserves the park policy area in black and white for future use, namely Whittier Park, Orange Park, and a smaller one on Archibald & Provencher.
We now also prohibit the expansion of current and future industrial uses with the small exception of north Archibald, and I believe that moves us in the right direction.
Concerning the Parmalat site; we currently have an industrial site there, and we all want to see it redeveloped as residential. We need to create the maximum opportunity to offset the costs of redeveloping and cleaning up that site, and taking advantage of this unique large scale opportunity to grow the population and density of North St. Boniface
I look forward to many conversations about this process and this ruling and this plan...as I believe it moves us in the right direction.
The City needs to learn how to do more with less.
I believe that infill and densification is a policy direction we need to take not just in St Boniface but in the city as a whole. In many interactions I've had with every department, if its transit, community services, it always seems to come back to density. Once we have the density the services we provide as a municipality area easier and more efficient to provide, and at the same time we get a greater tax base we can use to provide those services.
I believe we need more plans like this throughout winnipeg, to have the thriving livable city we all want, that has the diversity of housing we can, for millennials, new canadians, people looking for single detached house, and if we can export a plan like this one to the rest of the city, I’d support that.
These are my supporting reasons, thanks again to all who participated in this process, I am know looking forward to building this ambitous vision you.