Municipal Board Hearing for Gateway and Raleigh Road Closure - update
Posted: February 18, 2016
The Board hearings occurred in September and October of 2014.The Board’s decision was rendered on January 6, 2015. In its decision, the Board indicated that the portions of Gateway Road and Raleigh Street proposed to be closed are needed. Further, the Board concluded that these roads are an important transportation link for vehicles and non-vehicle transportation, part of a larger transportation network to be maintained as an existing and future transportation link between ESP and Winnipeg. The Board went on to say that it didn’t believe it had the authority to order the City of Winnipeg to keep the roads open, so it encouraged the City to keep them open.
By way of update, in November 2014, over one year ago, the developer of the proposed commercial development withdrew the proposal to develop the property.
Following receipt of the Board’s decision, in April 2015, Winnipeg Council passed a resolution to not support the accommodation of general traffic entering or leaving Winnipeg via the through-pass being constructed at Highway 101 and Raleigh Street.
In ESP’s view the Board was mistaken in believing that it did not have the authority to order the roads to remain open, after finding that the roads are needed. Given the importance of Gateway Road and Raleigh Street as transportation links, ESP had no choice but to ask the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal the Board’s decision to not order that the roads remain open. Under Provincial legislation, permission is needed from the Court to appeal a Board decision.
On February 1, 2016, the Court of Appeal granted ESP leave to appeal the Board’s decision. ESP hopes the appeal will ultimately result in a decision that the roads must remain open. The court hearing date has not yet been scheduled.
The R.M. of ESP will continue to communicate and try and work with the City of Winnipeg in an effort to resolve this issue collegially, in a manner that respects the needs of the public, ESP, and Winnipeg.