Underutilized Land Study wins Excellence in Planning Award
The City of Regina has won an Excellence in Planning award from the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute for the Underutilized Land Study.
The Underutilized Land Study was developed under the City’s Intensification Work Plan to help move the City towards its 30 per cent intensification goal of the Design Regina; The Official Community Plan (OCP). The study looked at regulatory, environmental, social and economic barriers to private sector redevelopment of various types of underutilized sites in Regina.
“The Underutilized Land Study explores the challenges to redevelopment and outlines actions the City can take to improve viability,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “We are very proud of the work that has been done to date and look forward to the opportunities this will bring us in the future.”
The OCP provides policy direction for growth in Regina to a 300,000 population and sets the stage for its long-term development. The Study provides a perspective on the constraints and opportunities of underutilized lands, as well as initiating a conversation towards innovative solutions to encourage infill development.
“The City of Regina engaged with stakeholders and reviewed best practices to arrive where we are at,” said Diana Hawryluk, Executive Director, Planning and Community Development. “I am proud of my team for their hard work and dedication to this project and know this will help shape future development in our city.”
Once the Underutilized Land Study was approved, work began on developing an Underutilized Land Improvement Strategy. The strategy was approved by Council in August 2019 and outlines an implementation plan for addressing the barriers to redevelopment.
For more information or to read the study, visit Regina.ca.