Winnipeg City Council has released a draft of its new Strategic Priorities Action Plan (SPAP), a roadmap outlining key initiatives and priority themes to shape the future of Winnipeg. This plan has been developed through an extensive collaborative process involving council members and the public service.
"The Strategic Priorities Action Plan is a testament to our commitment to working together to create a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable city,” said Mayor Scott Gillingham. “By focusing on these priority themes, we are laying the groundwork for a prosperous future that benefits all residents."
The SPAP includes five key themes: The Downtown; A Strong Economy; A Livable, Safe, Healthy, Happy City; A Green and Growing City with Sustainable Renewable Infrastructure; and A City that Works for Residents Through Improved Customer Service. Each theme contains specific priority actions and outcomes to guide the city's efforts over the next four years.
Some highlights of the plan include:
- Accelerating the completion of the downtown secondary plan (CentrePlan) to attract more people to the area and improve access to public spaces and amenities.
- Creating a new operating and capital funding relationship between provincial and civic governments to ensure fiscal sustainability and increased access to funds.
- Building more affordable and social housing through partnerships with the non-profit and private sectors.
- Prioritizing climate resiliency and sustainable infrastructure, including the expansion of solar and geothermal energy generation and investing in the urban forest through increased tree planting and an accelerated pruning schedule.
- Developing Neighbourhood Action Teams to enhance service delivery.
Approving the SPAP starts with a review by each Community Committee, followed by Executive Policy Committee and ultimately Council. Once adopted by Council, the SPAP will provide direction in preparation of the 2024-2027 multi-year budget process. The Public Service will provide details on action options, alignment with existing Council policy and master plans, implications, and feasibility for Council to weigh the costs and benefits for service provision for Winnipeg residents.
Link to SPAP draft - http://clkapps.winnipeg.ca/DMIS/permalink.asp?id=A20230424(RM)AC-6