Cheezies said "So all our jobs are going to suddenly move into our 15min neighbourhoods? Every neighbourhood is going to have its own of everything? That’s how your first comment reads.
We still need to put focus onto maintaining our city roads, and not just making them walking/biking accessible. We can’t just focus on one group over another.
I agree with making them more walkable to a point, however we need to be realistic and know that people will still need to rely on vehicles for many things, and our jobs.
You couldn’t pay me to take public transit in Brandon or Winnipeg for that matter. No matter how safe you try to make it.
One group on fb, who is all for this stuff as it benefits them, has only 40 plus followers. Doesn’t seem like a big number?
I don’t see the 15 minute city being something Brandon needs. I can see this for sure in larger cities, such as Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, etc. but Brandon doesn’t need to be separated into smaller neighbourhoods. It’s not a huge city.
If people want that smaller town feel, move to one. I live in a city for a reason.
But this is all just my opinion.
Edited by Cheezies, 2023-04-04 10:30:42"
Your understanding of the planning department's involvement in the process is grossly misinformed.
The City's growth will still occur at the developers' will to some degree, with the City simply identifying certain areas of the City for certain 'types' of development. Similar to how cities are built in video games. For instance, the City can only identify an area as 'residential', but that does not mean that stores, services, hospitals, schools and other amenities CAN'T exist there.
Your assumption that the City is looking to restrict the freedom of its own citizens is waaaaaaay off the mark.
Don't forget that those that work in planning also live, work and play in the City.
And, if you want to become a large City, it needs to have the foresight of a large City. Remember, that Winnipeg wasn't always as big as it is now, and abandoning planning and zoning leads to disastrous results. I'm not sure anyone wants to live next door to a sand blasting company simply because the City plan didn't factor it in their master plan. If you want a city to be successful and attractive, you have to have a plan in place for growth that takes into account where schools are best placed, areas that might need more community centres, or where best to place a swimming pool so that all citizens can enjoy...not just those with a vehicle or access to public transit.
Let's be clear, there will always be houses with yards, neighbourhoods with little or no access to public transit, and no one is forcing you to move, and no one is restricting your movement. All that is being suggested, is to improve people's access to the things they need, in a way that i:ncludes input from its citizens.
We get it, you would rather drive to a parking lot and use the services served by that parking lot. But that is the kind of thinking that is killing Brandon's downtown, and if you seriously want that fixed, then I would suggest warming up to the idea of walkable neighbourhoods where services are within a 15 minute walk (i.e downtown).