City-owned Golf Courses
City-owned Golf Courses
The city-owned golf lands are once again threatened by both large and small scale development.
There are currently two serious threats to the golf course lands
- Plan to Repurpose Golf Lands approved in 2020 Budget - Report due May 2021.
- City planning documents - OurWinnipeg 2045 and Complete Communities enable ad hoc development on all of city's large greenspaces over 25 year vision - Draft due January 2021 Read More ...
The golf lands are zoned PR (park land) and are not intended for development. The Winnipeg Charter has special protection for PR land that requires a two thirds vote of all of Council protecting it from disposed
Threat to golf lands!
City is seeking proposals for a plan on how to re purpose the public golf course lands. Development on golf lands is an option.
We see the Sam Katz plan to sell city golf course lands revived as part of the proposed Re purposing Golf Lands Plan and the Transformative Fund as approved in the 2020 City Budget.
Development on parts of or on entire golf courses is an option for this plan. Golf lands are zoned park land and are part of Winnipeg's greenspace and natural heritage.
Winnipeg at 6% is below average in the amount of city area that is park land compared to 9% average of Canadian cities. The city needs more greenspace not less.
The city's 12 publicly owned golf courses are zoned parkland, and comprise less than 1% of total city area.
The City of Winnipeg Multi-year Budget passed on March 20, 2020 by City Council approved a Transformative Fund and a Report for Re purposing up to 30% of Golf Lands. Winnipeg does not need another fund.
The new fund will be supported from the sale of assets deemed surplus to the City's needs such as golf lands.
The “Transformative Fund” approved by the City in the 2020 Capital and Operating Budget
Repurposing Golf Lands Report (park zoned lands) to allow up to 30% of golf lands to be repurposed. (Study approved by City in 2020 Capital and Operating Budget)
Winnipeg Golf Services has balanced its budget for the last several years and now the City is proposing to sell some of its publicly owned golf lands for residential development. Media is still reporting a deficit in error.
Note that Golf Services Special Operating Agency has a balanced budget and forecasts a balanced budget for the multi-year budget 2021 - 2025.
Summary of Requests by OURS-Winnipeg
1. OURS-Winnipeg requests that the residential development option be removed from the repurpose proposal for golf lands
2. OURS-Winnipeg requests that the proposed re-purposing of city golf lands be halted until a Master Plan for Greenspace is completed.
References to Transformative Fund 2020 Budget
OURS-Winnipeg originated in December 2011 in response to a plan by the City of Winnipeg to make seven of the city-owned golf courses available for sale or lease for commercial or residential development. A public campaign to have the Expression of Interest withdrawn was successful.