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.
A summary of annual activities to carry out the Official Community Plan and the City’s Strategic Plan are provided in the front end of the report. The City also keeps a more detailed account of activities since the plan was approved. The City will continue to review and update the list of actions.
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 is currently underway.
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.
Minor changes to Part A – Citywide Plan of the OCP are anticipated to be brought forward to City Council later this year as part of the five-year review of Design Regina.
Review draft amendments identified through the five-year review:
||Council Adoption||Ministerial Approval||Sections||Description|
|2014-56||July 28, 2014||Sep. 10, 2014||Part B.6||2067 Retallack St. - exceptions to Table 6.-0 in Part B.6 – Cathedral Neighbourhood Plan|
|2014-60||July 28, 2014||Sep. 10, 2014||Part B.6||2059 Edward Street - exceptions to Table 6.-0 in Part B.6 – Cathedral Neighbourhood Plan|
|2014-61||July 28, 2014||Dec. 1, 2014||Part B.9||Fleet Street Business Park Secondary Plan replaced East Regina Industrial Plan|
|2015-2||January 12, 2015||Mar. 6, 2015||Part B.14||Westerra Neighbourhood Plan|
|2015-44||June 22, 2015||Aug. 21, 2015||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||September 28, 2015||Feb. 25, 2016||Part B.15||Tower Crossing Secondary Plan|
|2015-76||December 21, 2015||June 20, 2016||Part A||Phasing and financing policies and the addition of Map 1b – Phasing of New Neighbourhoods and New Mixed-Use Neighbourhoods|
|2016-62||September 26, 2016||December 14, 2016||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||February 27, 2017||April 26, 2017||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||July 31, 2017||January 2, 2018||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||July 31, 2017||January 2, 2018||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||January 29, 2018||February 26, 2018||Part B.16||South East Neighbourhood Plan|
|2018-12||March 26, 2018||November 15, 2018||Part B.14||Revisions to Westerra Neighbourhood Plan open space strategy|
|2019-25||April 29, 2019||June 17, 2019||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||June 24, 2019||August 8, 2019||Part B.17||Coopertown Neighbourhood Plan|
|2019-44||August 26, 2019||October 2, 2019||Part B.10||Amendment allowing standalone commercial development in the Low-Density Residential Policy Area at Council’s discretion.|
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