Fort Rouge - East Fort Garry
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About the Candidate
WINDOG considers Jeff Palmer to be 'dog-unfriendly'. He did not wish to share his views on off-leash dog parks with voters.
Platform: Palmer’s platform is based on the concept of community sustainability that’s supported by four pillars - a diverse and resilient local economy, a clean and healthy environment, understanding and responding to social issues, and providing a vibrant cultural experience. Palmer says the goal of his platform is “to build a community that provides opportunities for everyone in all aspects of life”.
Palmer is a first-time candidate. He believes the City needs to ensure that investments in infrastructure reflect the way Winnipeggers want to live in the future. He wants safe and comfortable cycling, walking and transit facilities; water that leaves the city as clean as when it entered it; and he insists that Winnipeg’s footprint on the land is kept as compact as possible.
Palmer says the City needs to encourage active transportation initiatives that make Winnipeg as pedestrian and cycling-friendly as possible. He is a bike lane advocate who says. “We need bike lanes everywhere there is a car lane. And then we still need more bike lanes.” He wants to ensure that all of the city’s infrastructure is accessible. Palmer supports opening Portage and Main to pedestrian traffic.
Palmer believes the City needs to support local businesses and its Business Improvement Zones infrastructure appropriately because BIZ support local businesses. Palmer also wants a plan to address crime but says it can’t take place without a comprehensive strategy that includes action on poverty, homelessness, mental health, and meth/addiction issues.
Palmer is a professional city planner whose consulting firm works with municipalities and non-profits to address urban planning issues. His primary focus has been revitalizing urban neighbourhoods and the downtown, building affordable housing, and restoring heritage buildings. He is the Manitoba Director of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Palmer holds a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Design in environmental design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Palmer is an active community volunteer. He has served on the boards of Westminster Housing Society and Performing Arts Lodge, organizations dedicated to providing affordable housing. He has also served on the board of Storefront Manitoba, which advances awareness and appreciation of architecture, design and the built environment.