How Planning Works at the UofM

What is urban planning and how does it work? 

Planning can be an ambiguous concept.  Residing somewhere between architecture, engineering and sociology, the goal of planners is to create quality places for people.  By creating integrated policy frameworks that guide the evolution of open spaces, buildings and transportation systems, we are more likely to achieve our long term vision.  When development opportunities arise on campus, we can reference our plans to ensure alignment of these opportunities with our high level goals.

Planning at the University of Manitoba.

Planning has progressed significantly in recent years at the University of Manitoba with the approval of the Bannatyne Campus Master Plan in April of 2014 and the Visionary (re)Generation Master Plan in April of 2016.  Campus plans are approved by the Board of Governors and recognized as the University’s official development plans.   This process formalizes campus plans, resulting in the creation of University policy that will guide decision making in regard to physical development on our campuses.

The City of Winnipeg requires universities to submit a plan outlining their future development intentions to the Director of Planning as a condition of their Educational / Institutional zoning designation. This arrangement grants the University considerable latitude to adapt our campuses to accommodate our academic programs while providing the City with assurance that planning and development at the University of Manitoba will be thoughtful and sustainable.

Campus plans have been carefully aligned with other University guiding documents and are consistent with City of Winnipeg planning policies set out in the City’s municipal development plan Our Winnipeg and its direction strategy Complete Communities.