Update on Riel Community Committee Public Hearing on June 26, 2014

Thank you to everyone for their concern and to those who wrote letters to their Councillors and attended the Public Hearing. This did make a difference.

The Riel Community Committee approved the Precinct K development plan on June 26, 2014 with a few amendments. The minutes of the meeting are available on the City Clerk’s website at http://winnipeg.ca/clkdmis/DocSearch.asp?CommitteeType=RC&DocumentType=M

To accommodate the Seine River areas a motion was passed to recommend a secondary  plan that would extend along the Seine River from Ward Avenue to the floodway and overlay the Precinct K plan. This motion will go forward to City Council for approval, likely  Wednesday July 16.

We hope this secondary plan is approved and will be able to protect the Seine River area. As this plan will not be fleshed out until Council approves it and then directs city staff to move on it, is not clear yet what it will look like. It will provide an opportunity for SOS to work directly with the City and hopefully a serious long term plan for a conservation area and a connecting pathway from Bishop Grandin and Bois des Esprit to the floodway.

Time will tell what this plan is able to achieve. Progress will have to be monitored as previous plans have gone unheeded.

Thank you for your interest and please continue to support the preservation and enhancement of greenspace and natural areas along the Seine River.

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