Common Questions About Infill Strategy

We recently attended the City of Winnipeg’s pre-consultation meeting to discuss infill strategy. The meeting aimed to educate everyone about the city’s plan of approach and answer any questions from homeowners.

We’d like to address the most common questions residents had about infill strategy:

What are the benefits to infill?

Infill increases neighbourhood density. Higher density provides better community services and public transit options and reuses existing infrastructure to reduce environmental impact. Most importantly, infill allows people to live where they want at more affordable market prices.

What makes for a good infill strategy?

The City of Winnipeg requires more housing developments in liveable areas, but first it must balance expansion with residents’ concerns about density.

Before any development can begin, the city needs to take a good look at what infill expansion strategies are working for other major Canadian cities.

In Edmonton’s case, for example, outward expansion hasn’t accommodated new families seeking an affordable home closer to the city’s core. Winnipeg faces similar problems. Maturing neighbourhoods that don’t embrace infill continue the course of rising housing prices, suffering a loss of urban density and sustainable community amenities.

A good infill maximizes land density without intruding on neighbourhoods, so infill developers must create adequate public awareness about their projects in order to proceed without a hitch.

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