In 2013, the City introduced Design Regina, its Official Community Plan to manage the city’s growth to 300,000 people and set the stage for its longer-term development. Design Regina contains a comprehensive policy framework that guides the physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural development of the city.
Early in the process to create Design Regina, the public was asked to identify a set of Community Priorities to achieve the City’s Vision and provide direction for the policies in the Official Community Plan.
The priorities are described as follows:
Develop Complete Neighbourhoods
- Create safe and inclusive neighbourhoods that are easy to get around and that have a mix of housing choices, amenities, and services. Community input will drive a proactive approach to city planning.
Embrace Built Heritage and Invest in Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation
- Enhance quality of life, community identity and pride by supporting heritage preservation, arts, culture and four season sport and recreation activities which will foster community vibrancy and cohesiveness.
Support the Availability of Diverse Housing Options
- Support a variety of housing choices to ensure people from all walks and stages of life are welcomed to live in Regina.
Create Better, More Active Ways of Getting Around
- Make it easier for people of all abilities to travel through the city by investing in public transit in appropriate locations and planning for all active forms of transportation. This includes providing access routes so all people can more easily travel from home to work and to other destinations.
Promote Conservation, Stewardship & Environmental Sustainability
- Reduce the city’s environmental footprint; prioritize the conservation of land, water, and energy; and embrace new operational measures, such as leading practices for waste management.
Achieve Long Term Financial Viability
- Spend money wisely to ensure the City’s ability to manage its services and amenities both now and in the future. This includes considering the full costs of operating before committing to projects or services and to search out new ways to generate revenue to ensure the City has the financial resources to meet customers’ needs.
Foster Economic Prosperity
- Support a vibrant and diverse economy that provides opportunities for residents to prosper and Regina to flourish.
Optimize Regional Cooperation
- Work cooperatively with surrounding municipalities, agencies, levels of government and other stakeholders to determine and evaluate opportunities to collaborate to plan for and potentially deliver services regionally.
The implementation of the Official Community Plan and progress is reported each year through the City’s Annual Report.
To ensure that Design Regina remains current and relevant over its life the City will review the plan every five years. The first 5-year review was carried out in 2019 and approved in 2020.
One of the goals of the OCP is to ensure that it is a living plan that remains current and relevant over its life. The Plan directs 5-year reviews to be undertaken to ensure the Plan meets this goal. In between 5-year reviews the Plan will be amended from time to time to stay current and respond to changing circumstances.
There are currently no proposed OCP amendments.
|Bylaw Number||Council Adoption||Ministerial Approval||Sections||Description|
|2014-56||Jul 28/14||Sep 10/14||Part B.6||2067 Retallack St. - exceptions to Table 6.-0 in Part B.6 - Cathedral Neighbourhood Plan|
|2014-60||Jul 28/14||Sep 10/14||Part B.6||2059 Edward Street - exceptions to Table 6.-0 in Part B.6 - Cathedral Neighbourhood Plan|
|2014-61||Jul 28/14||Dec 1/14||Part B.9||Fleet Street Business Park Secondary Plan replaced East Regina Industrial Plan|
|2015-2||Jan 12/15||Mar 6/15||Part B.14||Westerra Neighbourhood Plan|
|2015-44||Jun 22/15||Aug 21/15||Part A||Amendment to office policies to make exception for anomalous situations that could create a potential safety issue due to proximity to hazards.|
|2015-52||Sep 28/15||Feb 25/16||Part B.15||Tower Crossing Secondary Plan|
|2015-76||Dec 21/15||Jun 20/16||Part A||Phasing and financing policies and the addition of Map 1b - Phasing of New Neighbourhoods and New Mixed-Use Neighbourhoods|
|2016-62||Sep 26/16||Dec 14/16||Part A||Updates to all maps to: make sure the future land use and development of the Southeast Regina Neighbourhood Plan is consistent with the City’s overall growth plan; reflect the final route of the Province’s highway bypass around the city; and address minor changes such as updating city boundaries|
|2017-7||Feb 27/17||Apr 26/17||Part B.8||Commercial Building; 1510 12th Avenue and 1872 St. John Street; Lots 21-24, Block 301, Plan No. Old33; MX- Mixed Residential Business|
|2017-51||Jul 31/17||Jan 2/18||Part B.8||Existing Residence: 1636 College Avenue; Lot 8, Block 465, Plan Old 33, Ext.0 as described on Certificate of Title No. 90R24816; A specialty Medical Clinic to accommodate a maximum of four medical specialists.|
|2017-51||Jul 31/17||Jan 2/18||Part B.12||Existing Residence; 1636 College Avenue, Lot 8, Block 465, Plan Old 33, Ext. 0 as described on Certificate of Title No. 90R24816; A specialty Medical Clinic to accommodate a maximum of four medical specialist.|
|2018-3||Jan 29/18||Feb 26/18||Part B.16||South East Neighbourhood Plan|
|2018-12||Mar 26/18||Nov 15/18||Part B.14||Revisions to Westerra Neighbourhood Plan open space strategy|
|2019-25||Apr 29/19||Jun 17/19||Section E - Realizing the Plan||Amendment provides an exception to the phasing policy to accommodate unique developments that provide general public benefits located on lands that are contiguous to built-out neighbourhoods or neighbourhoods that are in the process of being developed.|
|2019-35||Jun 24/19||Aug 8/19||Part B.17||Coopertown Neighbourhood Plan|
|2019-44||Aug 26/19||Oct 2/19||Part B.10||Amendment allowing standalone commercial development in the Low-Density Residential Policy Area at Council’s discretion.|
|2020-1||Jan 1/20||May 11/20||Part A||
Numerous amendments as part of the first five-year review of Design Regina. Changes included:
|2020-3||Jan 29/20||Apr 29/20||Part B.18||
Yards Neighbourhood Plan
|2020-9||Feb 26/20||Apri 10/20||Part B.8||Amendment to accommodate commercial and mixed-use at several adjacent properties within the Core Area Neighbourhood Plan located east of the downtown.|
|2020-48||Jul 29/20||Oct 13/20||Part A, All Sections||Housekeeping amendments previously endorsed by City Council but missed in bylaw 2020-1.|
|2020-71||Dec 16/20||Feb 3/21||Part B.6||Minor amendment to the Cathedral Area Neighbourhood Plan to accommodate commercial development opportunities at 3405 & 3431 Saskatchewan Drive.|
|2021-29||Apr 29/21||Aug 24/21||Part A, D9, Section F||Updated maps and policies related to planning in the vicinity of the Regina International Airport.|
|2021-40||May 26/21||Jul 16/21||Part A, Section F||City Centre Boundary expanded to include the Regina Exhibition Grounds on Map 1 and Map 7.|
|2021-61||Oct 27/21||Mar 17/22||Section C - Growth Plan, Section E - Realizing the Plan||Amendment provides an exception to the Special Study Area policy to accommodate unique developments that provide public benefits located on lands that are contiguous to built-out neighbourhoods or neighbourhoods that are in the process of being developed.|
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