Regina Unveils Changes to Zoning Bylaw to Make More Housing Available
City Council has approved amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, taking a major step towards making more housing available across the city. These amendments, set to support new housing development applications in spring 2024, are being advanced as part of the City’s Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF) Action Plan.
The HAF is a Federal program aimed at increasing the housing supply across Canada and promoting the development of affordable, inclusive and diverse communities. The recent Zoning Bylaw changes allow more housing units to be built in neighbourhoods, increase permitted building heights on mid and high-density sites, and remove parking minimums citywide. These changes allow more housing to be developed to meet the needs of current and future residents, and ensure that our growing population has access to existing community amenities and services.
“Increasing Regina’s housing supply to align with our growth is critical,” said Mayor Sandra Masters. “Through these bylaw amendments, we are encouraging higher density developments and creating more opportunities for diverse housing options.”
In June 2023, the City applied to the Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF) with an Action Plan aimed at approving 1100 additional housing units by the end of 2026. In November 2023, City Council directed Administration to bring forward bylaw amendments to permit additional housing development citywide. The Zoning amendments approved by Council are the first phase of work to update planning policies and zoning regulations and remove barriers to housing development. Additional phases will be advanced in 2024.
The City of Regina remains committed to fostering a vibrant and inclusive community and this is reflected in these changes, ensuring our neighborhoods evolve to meet the needs of people moving to our city and those who want to stay here.
As Administration advances these changes, the public can find updated information on Regina.ca under Housing Accelerator Fund.