City to begin issuing impact fee refunds with interest

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on College Avenue and McDermot Avenue

Released: 12:01 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 9:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey home in the 300 block of College Avenue.

When crews arrived on scene, they encountered smoke coming from the home. Firefighters used a Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool (FST), an aerosol device that reduces temperatures, which allows safer access for firefighters. Crews then launched an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 10:25 p.m.

All occupants safely self-evacuated from the home before crews arrived. No injuries were reported.

McDermot Avenue

At 9:35 p.m., the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey home in the 800 block of McDermot Avenue.

When crews arrived on scene, they encountered smoke coming from the home. Crews helped two occupants get out of the home. All other occupants of the house self-evacuated before crews arrived. Crews launched an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 10:17 p.m.

Crews transported two people to hospital in stable condition. Crews rescued a dog and reunited it with its owner.

The causes of both fires are under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool (FST)

The WFPS is undertaking a pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of the Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool (FST). The FST can reduce temperatures and disrupt fire spread in a confined space, resulting in safer conditions for occupants and firefighters and reducing water use and overall damage.

A user activates the tool manually by pulling a pin that activates an electronic ignition system. The FST generates an aerosol mist that expands to flood the space, suppressing flames within seconds.

Annual Snow Route Parking Ban to begin on December 1

Parking will be prohibited on snow routes between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Released: 9:42 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg’s Annual Snow Route Parking Ban will take effect at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Residents are reminded to not park their vehicles on streets designated as snow routes between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. until the ban lifts on Monday, March 1, 2021.

Residents are encouraged to check streets for snow route signs, or if unsure, use our online address lookup tool , the Know Your Zone mobile app , our interactive snow route map , or by contacting 311 .

Snow routes are a top priority for snow clearing and ice control to ensure that emergency vehicles can navigate quickly and safely around the city. It’s important that vehicles are not parked on snow routes overnight to enable rapid and efficient snow clearing and ice control of these critical routes.

Enforcement of winter parking bans

In addition to the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban, the City may declare an Extended Snow Route Parking Ban, Residential Parking Ban, Snow Emergency Parking Ban, or restrict parking on select streets to facilitate snow clearing operations. In all these instances, vehicles parked in violation may receive a ticket and may be towed to the towing company’s compound.

We are urging residents to stay informed on the City’s snow clearing operations and to move their vehicles accordingly to help facilitate the efficient clearing of our roadways.

How to stay informed on snow clearing operations

We have a number of resources available to help residents to stay up-to-date on our snow clearing operations. Residents can download the official Know Your Zone mobile app for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play App Store, and save their favourite addresses to get information on parking bans and to receive notifications ahead of snow clearing operations on their street.

The City also offers email notifications which advise subscribers when parking bans are declared. To sign up for notifications, visit winnipeg.ca/snow or contact 311.

Residents can also access an interactive snow clearing status map to check on crews’ progress during major plowing operations and during residential plowing operations by searching an address and viewing the percentage completed.

During a major plowing operation, residents will be able to search an address, and view the percentage completed by geographic area for main routes (Priority 1 or P1) and regional streets (Priority 2 or P2), as well as sidewalks and pathways. During a residential plowing operation, residents will be able to search an address, and view the percentage completed by snow zone for residential streets (Priority 3 or P3).

Residents can also view street priority , active transportation route priority , and sidewalk priority on searchable maps.

The City also shares information about snow clearing and ice control operations to its followers via Facebook and Twitter .

More information

For comprehensive information and resources on the City’s snow clearing and ice control operations, including more information on winter parking bans and enforcement, see: winnipeg.ca/snow.

City to begin issuing impact fee refunds with interest

$37 million in impact fees with accrued interest to be refunded beginning November 30

Released: 11:36 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg will begin issuing impact fee refund payments with accrued interest today.

Refunds will be issued to the party who paid the impact fee to the City. If a homeowner did not directly pay the impact fee to the City and believes they are entitled to a refund, they are urged to contact their builder to review the details of the home builder’s agreement. The Court Order requires that a builder or other party who receives the impact fee refund from the City return it to the homeowner, subject to contractual arrangements. It is anticipated that most refunds from the City will have been received by December 14, 2020.

As at July 9, 2020, the date the collection of fees was suspended, the City had collected $36.3 million in impact fees and have accumulated nearly $700,000 in interest, for a total of $37 million in the City’s Impact Fee Reserve Fund. Impact fees have been collected on 3,569 residential building permits since the fee took effect on May 1, 2017.

Interest on impact fees has been calculated from the date each fee payment was received, compounded monthly, to the present date utilizing the City’s bank interest rate. The accrued interest portion of the refund amounts have been calculated by a third-party professional services firm.

Council passed the Impact Fee By-Law on October 26, 2016, which allowed for implementation of the impact fee. The impact fee was charged on residential building or development permits issued for developing regions of Winnipeg, set out as New Communities and Emerging Communities in OurWinnipeg and the Complete Communities Direction Strategy identified on Impact Fee – Map.

On July 8, 2020, the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench ruled that while the City has the power or authority to impose an impact fee generally, the by-law and resolution regarding the impact fees “imposes a constitutionally invalid, indirect tax” and ordered the City to refund the fees paid together with accrued interest. The City then announced the decision to suspend collection of the impact fee, pending a review of the Court’s decision.

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