Integrated Communities & Infrastructure—Five Policy Areas of Plan20-50
The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region’s 18 municipalities account for over two-thirds of Manitoba’s population and about 70 per cent of its provincial GDP. The Winnipeg Metro Region is the fastest-growing area of the province—expected to reach 1.1 million residents by 2050.
To accommodate this growth and ensure we have what it takes to meet the needs of our growing communities, businesses, and industries, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR)—through its mandate by the Province of Manitoba—took on the challenge of developing a first draft of a long-term land use and servicing plan: Plan20-50.
Draft Plan20-50 will allow us to balance the needs of today while planning for investments in infrastructure and servicing in the future—meeting all challenges head on and providing a quality of life that is second-to-none.
Building on the success and best practice from other regions across Canada and North America, the expert project team engaged over 400 stakeholders and organizations—including local, provincial, federal, and Indigenous governments; sector stakeholders; knowledge institutions; professional associations; the development community; planners; economic development professionals; and social and environmental non-government organizations—for input on the plan. Through a detailed research and analysis of our region, five key policy areas have been identified.
- Integrated Communities & Infrastructure
- One Environment
- Investment & Employment
- Resource Management
- Collaborative Governance
The first draft of Plan20-50 is expected to be complete by spring 2021. Through the five integrated policy areas, Plan20-50 allows municipalities to harness the benefits of regional collaboration while maintaining local character—creating a globally competitive Winnipeg Metro Region.
There are two things that are essential to the success of Draft Plan20-50: The first is ongoing collaboration, so that the finished plan reflects the input, needs, and realities of all WMR municipalities. The second is good data—so that, as we move forward, we can do so with an accurate understanding of how the population, housing, labour, and land needs in our region are likely to evolve over the next 30 years.
Integrated Communities & Infrastructure
A regional approach can identify and plan for infrastructure that is necessary to support our economy and way of life. It allows us to take a bird’s eye view of what’s happening on the ground today as well as what’s anticipated in the future.
Strong communities provide residents with housing choices, local employment opportunities, regional transportation networks, recreation, and leisure activities while protecting and preserving valuable resources—like agricultural lands and water—for future generations.
We’re building a plan to improve quality of life in our communities. Important economies of scale can be reached when municipalities explore shared approaches to service delivery—creating efficiencies and savings that can be locally reinvested. A regional plan is key to addressing future infrastructure needs that aren’t limited by municipal borders—such as next-generation Internet, transportation corridors, and sustainable sewer and water.
These infrastructure needs require regional collaboration. Draft Plan20-50 will support integrated planning and infrastructure investment to increase our economic competitiveness and create connected, safe, and vibrant communities.
That’s why Draft Plan20-50 is so important.