OurWinnipeg is based largely on the introduction of an urban structure for the City of Winnipeg. This proactive and innovative approach provides a vision for how land uses are arranged within the city – not only as they are today, but as they are envisioned. One of the key functions of the urban structure is that it identifies specific areas of the city that provide the best opportunity to accommodate significant growth and change. These areas are referred to as transformative areas and include the following:
Downtown — Our Downtown is the entertainment, cultural, and economic heart of our city and our window to the world and offers one of the best opportunities to create complete, mixed-use, higher-density communities in a manner that promotes sustainable practices.
Centres and Corridors — Centres and Corridors provide significant opportunity to encourage a more compact urban form that offers a variety of options for housing, employment, amenities and transportation.
Major Redevelopment Sites — Capitalize on major transformation opportunities for vacant and underused sites to create attractively designed complete communities with significant residential and employment densities.
New Communities — Play an important role in accommodating projected population growth and will aim to achieve a high standard of sustainability from the onset.
The urban structure also identifies areas of the City that will accommodate more moderate levels of growth and change that fits with the existing form and character of its location. These are referred to as Areas of Stability and include the following:
Mature Communities — Present some of the best opportunities to accommodate infill development and maximize the use of existing infrastructure and increase housing options. They represent some of the most “complete” communities in Winnipeg and for the most part, were developed prior to the 1950s.
Recent Communities — Are areas of the city that were planned after the 1950s. They are primarily residential areas and contain a mix of low and medium density housing with nearby retail amenities. They can also accommodate some infill development to increase housing choice and maximize the use of existing infrastructure.
THE URBAN STRUCTURE MAP