Bridgwater Lakes

Welcome to the neighbourhood of Bridgwater Lakes! This page provides updates on issues I am working on, and information Bridgwater Lakes residents may be interested in. Much gratitude to the VOLUNTEERS of the Bridgwater Lakes Neighbourhood Association who’ve volunteered for the past four years and now are ‘retired’ from their volunteer roles. If YOU are interested in volunteering to lead on some exciting projects/events for the community – contact City Councillor Jlukes@winnipeg.ca or email BridgwaterLakes@gmail.com and  ‘retired’ board members will mentor you and provide many resources!

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In new developments, the developer is responsible for maintenance for a period of years following final construction of ie: parks, fountains, playstructures, mowing of boulevards, etc. At various points over the years, the City takes on maintenance of different areas. It can be complicated understanding who is responsible. Please see Bridgwater Lakes Maintenance Map that identifies who is responsible for maintenance of certain items. Feel free to contact me at any time if you are unsure.

Neighbourhood Maintenance – Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater

Neighbourhood Maintenance – Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater

It’s the time of year where everyone wonders who is responsible for parks and open space maintenance! In our established neighbourhoods (Richmond West/Why’re Ridge/Linden Ridge & other established neighbourhoods) it is the City. In NEW neighbourhoods it is a...

Safety Improvements to North Bound Kenaston Blvd

Safety Improvements to North Bound Kenaston Blvd

All major collision intersections in Winnipeg are being studies as part of the Master Transportation Review. Due to the many crashes that seem to be occurring at the intersection of Kenaston and Bishop Grandin, I am requesting the traffic engineers study and apply...

Bison Drive Build Out

Bison Drive Build Out

Since elected in 2014, I estimate I’ve brought forward over 40 requests to have engineers in Public Works study traffic issues ranging from: Traffic calming (speeding) Installing stop signs (due to increased traffic volumes) Installing turning signals (arrows in...

The Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater – a Provincial Development

The Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater – a Provincial Development

Since being elected to office in 2014, I’ve been involved in the development of three communities: 1. The final phases of River Park South – developed by Qualico (private developer) 2. South Pointe and Prairie Pointe being developed by Ladco (private developer) 3. The...

WHO Maintains Boulevard, Median & Parks in Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater

WHO Maintains Boulevard, Median & Parks in Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater

In a new development, figuring out WHO is responsible for maintenance can be a challenge.  311, City staff and my office have access to maps that show ‘Summer Maintenance’ responsibilities.  There are a few things to note: The developer – Manitoba Housing, is...

Determining Locations of On Street Parking – Creekside Rd.

Determining Locations of On Street Parking – Creekside Rd.

It appears the Public Works department does not have a formal process in place -  in new developments -  to determine which side of the street parking should be installed on!  Or a process to follow when residents want to switch the side of street the parking goes on....

Bridgwater Fountains – Update June 2020

Bridgwater Fountains – Update June 2020

Please see update on all fountains - contact me if you have any questions.  Bridgwater Forest Fountain: Has now been turned on and is still being monitored by City for leaks & ongoing upgrades-this fountain is now the responsibility of the City. For history on...

Replacement of Sod – Bridgwater Lakes & Bridgwater Forest

Replacement of Sod – Bridgwater Lakes & Bridgwater Forest

The sod around the Bridgwater Lakes Fountain, the Bridgwater Lakes park / soccer field and the Bridgwater Forest park/soccer field is being replaced this summer. Construction has started in Bridgwater Lakes and Bridgwater Forest will occur shortly after. Existing sod...

Traffic Study – 3-Way Stops on Blue Meadow Road

Traffic Study – 3-Way Stops on Blue Meadow Road

I’ve had multiple requests from residents to have a three-way stop sign installed at Blue Meadow / Creekside and North Town Road. I moved a motion for the Public Service to review this intersection (see Full report). The Public Service determined that when the study...

Open Letter to Parents – Bridgwater Speed & Racing

Open Letter to Parents – Bridgwater Speed & Racing

This message is for everyone, but is directed to parents  with a request that you talk to your kids about the deathly dangers of speed. In my graduating year, two classmates died when a powerful car they were passengers in crashed and rolled. The following year, when...

Pilot Project – 30 KM/HR Speed Limit within the Waverley West Ward

Pilot Project – 30 KM/HR Speed Limit within the Waverley West Ward

I’ve piloted many projects over the years seeking to improve traffic safety in Winnipeg. The idea of a ‘pilot’ is to test out the theory.  Many positive results can come from pilots, and while they might cause a bit of disruption for some, overall pilots are necessary...

New Multi-Family Residential and Commercial Developments

New Multi-Family Residential and Commercial Developments

This has been an incredible year for multi-family and commercial development applications in the Waverley West ward. Our community has many highly desirable neighbourhoods to live in and the development community is bringing forward products to support the market...

Bridgwater Town Center – New High End Development

Bridgwater Town Center – New High End Development

This complex was approved for development on Oct 8th, 2019. This development will be located on the west side of Centre Street, at the northwest corner of Centre Street and Bison Drive, in the Bridgwater Centre Neighbourhood. The complex will be built on 1.89 acres...

Notification To Homeowners Backing Onto ‘Visitable’ Pathways

Notification To Homeowners Backing Onto ‘Visitable’ Pathways

My office was informed that Manitoba Housing is hand delivering letters (August 16th, 2019) to all homes in Bridgwater Lakes and Bridgwater Trails whose back yard - backs onto the ‘visitable’ pathway network ( identified in BLUE in the image below). Homeowners are now...

July 2019 UPDATE – Bridgwater Lakes Fountain

July 2019 UPDATE – Bridgwater Lakes Fountain

The City of Winnipeg requested Manitoba Housing (the developer) make final repairs to the Fountain before the City takes complete responsibly of all aspects of the fountain – see details: June 7, 2019 Update The City has accepted the mechanical operations of the...

June 2019 Update – Bridgwater Lakes Fountain

June 2019 Update – Bridgwater Lakes Fountain

The handing off of maintenance responsibilities of a new development from the developer to the City can sometimes be challenging, confusing and frustrating!  Often residents are not aware that in a new development, the developer is tied by contract to deliver a...

Landscaping Front Yards In Neighbourhoods Of Bridgwater

Landscaping Front Yards In Neighbourhoods Of Bridgwater

Some neighbourhoods in Winnipeg – not all – have ‘Architectural Guidelines’ set out by the developer. The developer (Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation) has set out architectural guidelines for homes, front yards and fencing in the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater...

Sod Replacement On Three Soccer Fields

Sod Replacement On Three Soccer Fields

The handing off of maintenance responsibilities of a new development from the  developer to the City can sometimes be challenging, confusing and frustrating!  Often residents are not aware that in a new development, the developer is tied by contract to deliver a...

2019 Update – Drainage Upgrades in Bridgwater Lakes

2019 Update – Drainage Upgrades in Bridgwater Lakes

My office has been receiving many calls on when the drainage project behind Lake Bend Road, Red Spruce Road, Bridge Lake Drive and Sablewood Road will be completed. I’d like to provide some background information: The handing off of maintenance responsibilities of a...

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Bridgwater Lakes Neighbourhood Association

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Bridgwater Lakes Neighbourhood Association

We’ve had an amazing four years of fun since the formation of the Bridgwater Lakes Neighbourhood Association!  I remember planting signs on boulevards looking for keen residents interesting in organizing a neighbourhood association – and wonderful volunteers step...

Bridgwater Lakes Neighbourhood Association – Call for Nominations

Bridgwater Lakes Neighbourhood Association – Call for Nominations

Attention Bridgwater Lakes residents! Please read this important message from the Bridgwater Lakes Neighbourhood Association Good Evening, This year the BWLNA is seeing a large turnover in Board positions  We are seeking nominations for most key positions (positions...

Sump Pump Run Off

Sump Pump Run Off

Manitoba Housing, as developer of the Bridgwater Neighbourhoods, has recently undertaken repair work of numerous Public Reserve (PR) areas in the Bridgwater Lakes neighbourhood. This repair work is the result of sump pump runoff from adjacent homes discharging...

Dry Fountain Flowing Again As Mayor, Councillor Spray Blame At Each Other

Dry Fountain Flowing Again As Mayor, Councillor Spray Blame At Each Other

Thank you to the Winnipeg Free Press for covering this story Dry fountain flowing again as mayor, councillor spray blame at each other Winnipeg Free Press       By: Aldo Santin            Posted: 06/21/2018 7:48 PM Mayor Brian Bowman laid the blame for the dry...

Bridgwater Lakes Residents Steamed About Dry Spray Pad

Bridgwater Lakes Residents Steamed About Dry Spray Pad

(Photo credit: Andrew Ryan - Winnipeg Free Press) Thank you to the Winnipeg Free Press for covering this story Bridgwater Lakes residents steamed about dry spray pad Winnipeg Free Press      By: Maggie Macintosh            Posted: 06/20/2018 9:28 PM   As the sun...

South Winnipeg Suburbs’ Amenities Take Hit In City, Developer Spat

South Winnipeg Suburbs’ Amenities Take Hit In City, Developer Spat

(Photo Credit: Mikaela Mackenzie - Winnipeg Free Press) Thank you to the Winnipeg Free Press for covering this very important issue. South Winnipeg suburbs' amenities take hit in city, developer spat Winnipeg Free Press        By: Aldo Santin              Posted:...

Dry Fountain Flowing Again As Mayor, Councillor Spray Blame At Each Other

Requesting Mayor’s Support To Resolve Impasse – Waverley West

(Original Publish Date: June 13, 2018) As area Councillor, I have reached the limits of my power to resolve an impasse between the Public Service and developers of the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater and South Pointe. I have requested the Mayor’s support to use his...

Construction Garbage in Growing Communities

Construction Garbage in Growing Communities

Growth is great but it sure brings challenges, especially on windy spring days!  Homebuilders are required to contain any of the construction garbage created from building new  homes in a cage or large garbage container on site. Most homes under construction have...

Moving Filming in Bridgwater

Moving Filming in Bridgwater

Lights, camera, action, Bridgwater! See the below notice letter from Location Manager, Bernie Narvey: Channel Zero, the dream door DEAR BUILDERS & CONTRACTORS re: Bridgwater Development NBC Universal Cable of Los Angeles and Original Pictures of Winnipeg are...

Expropriation of Land Moving Forward for Recreation Campus

Expropriation of Land Moving Forward for Recreation Campus

It is important to understand, the City is able to secure additional land to expand the site. Qualico is an excellent 'city building partner' and extensive negotiations are occurring on a regular basis to ensure this site will be built to meet the communities growing...

Lifting the Building Cap in Bridgwater

Lifting the Building Cap in Bridgwater

Lifting the Cap in Bridgwater In 2012, City Council placed a building cap on Bridgwater Trails and Bridgwater Center. See details. January 14th 2018 Riel Community Committee: I requested support from Riel Committee Members to lift the building cap in Bridgwater Trails...

Development Permits in Bridgwater Remain Capped

Development Permits in Bridgwater Remain Capped

In 2012, three conditions placed a cap on the issuance of building permits in the Bridgwater Community. Three years later, in 2017, Manitoba Housing (developer of the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater) requested the cap be lifted and they NOT comply with the following...

Waverley West Communities & Updating the ‘OurWinnipeg’ Vision

Waverley West Communities & Updating the ‘OurWinnipeg’ Vision

In 2009, the City of Winnipeg reached out to citizens to obtain their feedback in creating a long term plan for our community.  The City invested upwards of $3M to develop OurWinnipeg, a 25-year plan to guide our growth and physical, social, environmental, and...

UPDATE – Personal Care Home in Bridgwater

UPDATE – Personal Care Home in Bridgwater

As our office receives enquiries from residents regarding a wide variety of projects, I wanted to provide an update regarding the personal care home project in Bridgwater.  Below is an excerpt of the September 8th, 2017 article in the Winnipeg Free Press. For more...

Building Permit Cap in Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater

Building Permit Cap in Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater

Bridgwater is the fastest growing community in the City of Winnipeg. Since being elected in fall, 2014, I’ve been dealing with many challenges related to a rapidly growing community. In my opinion, the City of Winnipeg was not ready and continues to be ill prepared to...

New 120-Bed Personal Care Home in Bridgwater

New 120-Bed Personal Care Home in Bridgwater

There's lots happening in the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater!  On the horizon is a new personal care home, to be constructed at Bridge Lake Drive and South Town Road. For more information regarding this initiative, contact your elected MLA or the Province of Manitoba....

Waverley West Impact Fees – Open House

Waverley West Impact Fees – Open House

Please join myself and a panel of experts who will present an overview on Winnipeg’s new Impact Fees, their purpose and how the fees will affect residents and businesses in the communities of Waverley West (Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater and South Pointe). DATE: ...

Street Blown-In With Snow in Bridgwater and South Pointe?

Street Blown-In With Snow in Bridgwater and South Pointe?

YOUR assistance in REPORTING snow blockages is greatly appreciated! New communities on the outer edges of the City experience unique snow challenges, as open areas blow in more frequently than areas protected by surrounding buildings and trees. Snow fencing is...

Transit Expansion – Bridgwater & South Pointe

Transit Expansion – Bridgwater & South Pointe

Transit funding for routes in Bridgwater and South Pointe WAS APPROVED in the 2017 budget process! This is welcome news for thousands of transit users in these growing communities! Since being elected, I’ve been working to secure funding in the City's budget for...

BLOWING SNOW in Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater & South Pointe

BLOWING SNOW in Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater & South Pointe

These new communities in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward have many open areas - open fields awaiting development, open areas with young small trees, and limited overall protection from wind. I am told by the City's Public Works Department that snow removal occurs...

Bridgwater Holiday Lights Contest

Bridgwater Holiday Lights Contest

Enter the 2016 Holiday Lights photo contest, hosted by the Bridgwater Forest and Bridgwater Lakes neighbourhood associations!  Join in the fun, and you could win a prize!  For all the details, see the poster below. For more information on residents' groups and...

Transit Update in Bridgwater & South Pointe

Transit Update in Bridgwater & South Pointe

This overview is to provide an update on efforts to secure an extension of Winnipeg Transit service in South Winnipeg. Expanding transit service is a top request from residents in the Bridgwater and South Pointe communities - it's also listed as 1 of 2 top priorities...

Drainage from Sump Pumps & Downspouts

Drainage from Sump Pumps & Downspouts

Our office receives many questions from residents regarding drainage off properties, from both sump pumps and downspouts.  To assist, we are providing below some links to the Water and Waste Department's page on the City of Winnipeg website. Residential Lot Grading It...

Taking Action on Transit in Bridgwater & South Pointe

Taking Action on Transit in Bridgwater & South Pointe

A recent article in The Sou’Wester Community newspaper (see below) provides some insight on  Winnipeg Transit’s current position related to route expansion. I’d like to update you and provide you with additional information on what is occurring in the Bridgwater and...

Development and Maintenance of Bridgwater & South Pointe

Development and Maintenance of Bridgwater & South Pointe

The Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater and South Pointe are Winnipeg’s newest residential communities. This high level overview provides simplified background information on the development and maintenance of these communities which are located in the South Winnipeg-St....

Taking Action on Transit in Bridgwater & South Pointe

UPDATE – Transit in Bridgwater and South Pointe

On June 23, 2015, I chaired a meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works.  One of the issues on the agenda was the need for increased transit service in the communities of Bridgwater and South Pointe. The Winnipeg Public...

Increased Transit Service to Bridgwater/South Pointe Communities

Increased Transit Service to Bridgwater/South Pointe Communities

On January 19, I brought forward a motion (Increase Transit Motion 2015) to have the Winnipeg Public Service research and report back (in 120 days) on their findings related to improving transit service in these communities.  A motion is a formal request to ‘get the...

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