There are three proposed phases of public engagement as part of the review process, each with opportunities for all Winnipeggers to participate. After connecting with thousands of Winnipeggers, Phase 1 has now concluded, and we are set to launch into Phase 2.
Phase 1 was called Understanding What’s Important and Imagining the Future. We shared our understanding of how the current plan might be improved, and asked community members what was important to them. This involved gathering supporting information, as well as hosting conversations to understand community values. We attended community events and festivals, hosted and attended focused discussions, and provided opportunities for online participation.
Check out the Phase 1 Report to the Community for a broad summary of we heard in Phase 1.
We are now in Phase 2, Confirming the Vision and Exploring Possibilities, which will involve analyzing existing policies in OurWinnipeg, and figuring out how these policies can better reflect the input received in Phase 1. We will be asking Winnipeggers to participate in online surveys, stakeholder workshops, community conversations, and other face to face and online engagement opportunities.
Phase 3, Finalizing the Plan, will include updating OurWinnipeg (and potentially other city plans like Complete Communities) based on the work done and feedback from phases one and two. This will involve asking for confirmation on the feedback we heard, and providing opportunities to give final comments on the draft plan.
Throughout the review, a Community Advisory Committee made up of Winnipeg residents is providing advice on community-based issues, public engagement activities, city-wide priorities, and other OurWinnipeg-related issues. This committee will also help us connect with as many networks and community members as possible.
Following the three phases of the review, there is a formal approval process which involves a public hearing. The final step in the process will be to implement the plan. To be successful, implementing the plan will require support from citizens, community groups, networks, the private sector, and other governmental bodies.