Long-term policy framework: a blueprint to integrate
planning for future land use, transportation
Today, the Winnipeg Public Service released its Transportation Master Plan, a policy framework to help guide the City’s transportation needs for the next 20 years.
The plan is a high-level document that builds on the vision presented in the document titled Sustainable Transportation Strategy, which was endorsed in principle by City Council in July 2010.
In short, the plan’s emphasis is on moving people, goods and services in a way that is sustainable and consistent with OurWinnipeg and the Complete Communities Strategy.
“With the Transportation Master Plan, we have a long-term planning blueprint that calls for a level of integration never seen before between land use and transportation planning. This will help us to make sure our future transportation systems match growth and development in our city,” said Brad Sacher, the City of Winnipeg’s Director of Public Works. “Everybody’s seen examples of what happens when land use and transportation planning aren’t coordinated,” Sacher added.
The purpose of the Transportation Master Plan is to provide a long term framework through more than 100 enabling strategies to guide the renewal and development of transportation infrastructure that supports the creation of complete, sustainable communities.
“We’re very excited at what this plan will do to support future planning for all modes of transportation in Winnipeg and the Capital Region, and as an example, confirming future corridors for Rapid Transit. Our vision is to move people and goods from where they are to where they need to be, in ways that encourage more efficient, sustainable transportation choices for our citizens.
Key elements of the Transportation Master Plan include:
· improving transportation choices
· accommodating goods movement
· integrating transportation and land use
· supporting accessibility and universal design
· managing transportation infrastructure assets
Public and stakeholder input was key in the development of the Plan. Literally, thousands of people from numerous professions and walks of life were invited to participate in a range of consultation activities such as meetings with stakeholder groups, three public open houses, a web survey and input via Advisory Committee meetings.
The Transportation Master Plan will be implemented through:
· The City’s short, medium and long-range financial plans including annual budgets, the five-year capital forecast and strategic financial plans
· Various, integrated transportation and land use plans, projects, and initiatives
· The OurWinnipeg Implementation Strategy
As a major policy document, the Transportation Master Plan requires Council approval. An administrative report with the public service’s recommendations is being finalized for presentation at a special meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works on November 4, 2011.
For a copy of the Executive Summary, or for more information on the Transportation Master Plan, please visit Winnipeg.ca.