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Hi all,

In the next few weeks, we will be holding a series of pop-up information booths for the Off Leash Dog Areas Master Plan to engage in-person.

Please visit us at one of the following locations to learn more about the project, speak with members of the project team, and provide us with feedback in regards to off leash areas in Winnipeg.


Date: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Animal Services, photos with Santa Event, 1057 Logan Avenue

Date:  Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Kilcona Off-Leash Dog Park, parking lot off of McIvor Ave., 1229 Springfield Road

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex, front hall, 999 Sargent Avenue


If you are unable to visit us at one of our pop-up booths, please visit our project webpage at winnipeg.ca/offleashareas<http://Winnipeg.ca/offleashareas> to fill out our online survey and our online mapping tool. All materials that will be presented at the pop-up booths are available on the project's webpage. Whether you are a current off leash area user, a dog owner, or not, we would appreciate your feedback.

If you know anyone who may be interested in visiting us at one of our pop-ups booths, or in our online survey and mapping tool, please share this email!

Thanks and hope to see you soon!


Brittany Shewchuk, M.Pl., MCIP, RPP
Planner
Planning, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

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Shock, fury over expropriation plan

Proposed extension of Sterling Lyon Parkway outrages south Charleswood residents

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COLIN CORNEAU / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>David Ames (right) president of South Wilkes Community Association, walks near his home along with fellow board members (from left) Darren Van Wynsberghe, Tony Shay, Ryan Anhalt and Lori Dobbie. </p>

COLIN CORNEAU / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

David Ames (right) president of South Wilkes Community Association, walks near his home along with fellow board members (from left) Darren Van Wynsberghe, Tony Shay, Ryan Anhalt and Lori Dobbie.

 

A consulting firm is being blamed for alarming south Charleswood residents that their homes had been targeted for expropriation and demolition to make way for a massive extension of the Sterling Lyon Parkway.

The residents said they were caught by surprise when informed earlier this month about the proposed east-west corridor, as it was a route that had never been disclosed by the city or proposed as a possible option.

 
COLIN CORNEAU / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>David Ames, left, president of South Wilkes Community Association, points to an undeveloped forest adjoining his home, along with fellow board members (from left) Lori Dobbie, Tony Shay, Darren Van Wynsberghe and Ryan Anhalt. </p>

COLIN CORNEAU / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

David Ames, left, president of South Wilkes Community Association, points to an undeveloped forest adjoining his home, along with fellow board members (from left) Lori Dobbie, Tony Shay, Darren Van Wynsberghe and Ryan Anhalt.

Resident David Ames said the public should be concerned about the tactics employed by city staff and the consulting firm.

"The story is not that there are expensive homes that were going to be expropriated and demolished, it’s that this was done without consulting the community and (without) oversight," said Ames, who is now president of the recently formed residents group, the South Wilkes Community Association.

"What they’ve been doing in secrecy is disgusting," he said.

City staff along with MMM/WSP Global, held stakeholder meetings and public information sessions in early 2015. Three options were presented to residents at an open house in January 2016: widening Wilkes Avenue from Shaftesbury Boulevard eastward, and two more southerly routes that involved an extension of Sterling Lyon Parkway as the east-west corridor.

The south Charleswood residents overwhelmingly endorsed the Wilkes route and then forgot about the issue.

Staff in the public works department and MMM/WSP Global went to work on the final design for the east-west corridor. Instead of finalizing details for the Wilkes option, or either of the two other options, they developed a fourth route — a southwest extension of Sterling Lyon that cuts a wide swath through several rural-like residential areas. It affects 96 homes along McCreary, Loudon and Liberty streets, Charleswood Road and a number of other streets, which would have to be partially or completely taken for the project and connected at an intersection with the extended Clement Parkway, which would be moved further south, according to this design.

Ames said residents were called to four meetings at the beginning of this month with Scott Suderman, a transportation facilities planning engineer in the public works department, and staff from MMM/WSP Global, who informed them about the new route. Ames said it was presented as the only choice. They were told it would be presented to council for approval in January or February and that construction would begin as early as 2021.

The early October meetings included staff from the city’s real estate office, Ames said, who told the residents they could agree to sell their properties to city hall or wait to have their homes expropriated.

"People were shocked and furious," Ames said. "They were going to lose their homes. This was a done deal. Suderman and MMM/WSP Global said this is their recommendation to council and they’re not looking at any other option and haven’t looked at any other option for a long time."

Ames said the value of the affected properties immediately dropped 40 to 60 per cent.

"I have a neighbour in her 80s who can’t sell her property until this has been resolved," Ames said. "We are obligated to disclose this project to any buyer. There are so many people who have been injuriously affected by this, it’s unbelievable."

While Suderman and MMM/WSP Global were talking to the residents, senior staff from public works met with councillors on the public works committee on Oct. 6 at a public meeting, but there was no disclosure that an east-west corridor had been chosen or that city staff had initiated discussions about buying residents’ property or raised the spectre of expropriation.

Ames said he immediately contacted area Coun. Marty Morantz and told him what city staff had been planning. Morantz, who is chairman of the public works committee, said he knew nothing about the proposed corridor that involved extending the Sterling Lyon Parkway.

Morantz said he, like the residents, had assumed city staff and MMM/WSP Global had been working on the proposal to widen Wilkes Avenue, adding that he isn’t surprised residents are angry.

"People get upset when they see a plan with a highway going through their house," Morantz said.

Morantz said he was told last summer by the acting director of the public works department that MMM/WSP Global had prematurely filed for an environmental review of an east-west route. He was unaware what that route was. After Ames contacted him earlier this month, Morantz said public works told him the consultants had developed the Sterling Lyon Parkway extension as the preferred route.

Morantz said the public works department had accepted MMM/WSP Global’s proposal and embraced the new corridor route as their choice and had presented it to the residents.

"I’m not happy about what’s occurred," Morantz said.

Morantz said he isn’t prepared to accept the new route and met with Ames and other residents last weekend. Morantz said he took Doug McNeil, the city’s chief administrative officer, with him to the meeting. They assured residents that only the widening of Wilkes would be considered for a future east-west corridor.

Morantz said he’ll introduce a motion at Tuesday’s meeting of the public works committee that will kill the extension of the Sterling Lyon Parkway and expropriation of the residents’ properties.

Ames said he’s been assured by McNeil and by Dave Wardrop, the city’s chief transportation and utilities officer, that the Sterling Lyon Parkway route will not proceed, and the city will only consider the widening of Wilkes Avenue.

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Our friend Paul, formally of the St. Johns Ambulance, has offered to instruct us in basic first aid and CPR for our pets. We will be having it on Thursday Nov. the 9th. 6:30 - 8:30 PM . In lieu of a fee, please donate to an animal charity.

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The yahoo's were at it again last night. More bonfire's by the clubhouse and for an added treat the still burning logs were pushed up along the fence. With this wind they are going to set the whole park to blaze. Maybe that is the plan!

Oh,I forgot. Donna's, Juice, had a run in with a porcupine near the quarry the other day. I hope she is alright. We haven't had a porcupine in a while at the park.

The first day of fall and there's a storm coming our way.