An economically prosperous city needs effective infrastructure – from roads, rapid transit, water and sewer lines to police stations and community centres. An equitable city assures existing neighbourhoods have the amenities they need before expanding into new communities. Lead in the planning of neighbourhoods, old and new, so we can build and pay for the infrastructure we need in our communities.
a. Create and implement a plan to raise revenue to begin major investments to our streets, sidewalks, and water/waste network.
- For Bike Winnipeg's priorities for active transportation, read this document
- For more information, read the Revenue section of the Alternative Municipal Budget
- For more information, read the Recreation Section of the Alternative Municipal Budget
c. Resource the Planning Department to proactively direct development. Prioritize development of infrastructure based on what the city needs and can sustain through a moratorium on development proposals requiring new infrastructure until development permits have been granted for all areas served by existing infrastructure. Assure developments have the amenities and accessibility residents need.
- For suggestions on resourcing the Planning Department, read the Planning section of the Alternative Municipal Budget.
- For more information on sprawl and development, read Christopher Leo's article here.
- The Manitoba Building Construction and Trades Council has called for a moratorium on suburban expansion here and here
d. Develop Transit priority lanes and infrastructure in addition to rapid transit corridors (referred to in OurWinnipeg as Transit Quality Corridors) throughout the city so public transit can become the preferred mode of transportation for more Winnipeggers.
- For more information on transit infrastructure, read the Transit section of the Alternative Municipal Budget
- The Amalgamated Transit Union is organizing opportunities for input on public transit. For updates see their website
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