Council to consider proposed Zoning Bylaw
City Council will give first reading next week to a proposed new Zoning Bylaw that will regulate land use and development for all properties throughout Regina.
The proposed Regina Zoning Bylaw No. 2019-19 will replace the existing Regina Zoning Bylaw No. 9250 and is the result of extensive review and consultation with residents and stakeholders. The Bylaw regulates the way land is used. This means that the scope of the proposed Bylaw applies to anyone building a deck, making alterations to a home or commercial building, or considering the construction of an apartment building, among many examples.
“The Zoning Bylaw is a vital piece of legislation that helps facilitate our goals for growth in Regina,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “It aligns them with the vision of the Official Community Plan, which is to make our city vibrant, inclusive, attractive, and sustainable for all residents.”
The City released an earlier draft of the proposed Zoning Bylaw on January 25, 2019 for public review and feedback. Over a six-week period, Zoning 101 sessions were held in each city ward. These provided opportunity for Administration to present in-depth information about the Bylaw and how it would facilitate development in neighbourhoods throughout Regina. Based on the feedback received by residents, regulations allowing for residential zero-lot development and maximum garage width requirements were eliminated.
“Resident and stakeholder input has been a critical part of the process of developing the proposed Zoning Bylaw,” said Diana Hawryluk, Executive Director of City Planning & Community Development. “We have made it a priority to hear from the public and share what the Zoning Bylaw does in order to create a contemporary bylaw that balances the needs of residents and the development community.”
Council will also consider a proposed Sign Bylaw that consolidates all sign regulations into one stand-alone bylaw. This is being done concurrently because a large portion of the sign regulations are embedded in the existing Zoning Bylaw and the regulations have connections to the proposed zones.
Property owners will receive formal notice of the proposed change to their zones this month. Anyone with outstanding questions about their property is invited to meet with a City official at one of the drop-in Zoning Clinics held at City Hall between May 21 and June 14 or at one of the advertised mall locations. Visit regina.ca/zoningbylaw for more information.
Council’s first reading of the proposed Bylaw on May 15 satisfies a legislative requirement. There will be no debate or discussion until the Bylaw is brought back to Council in June.
Residents wishing to address Council may do so at the June 17 Council Meeting held at 4 p.m. in Henry Baker Hall. Please register as a delegation with the City Clerk’s Office by 1 p.m. on June 11.
Approval is required by both City Council and the provincial government before the proposed Zoning Bylaw will go into effect. Until that time, all land use and development continues to be regulated by the Regina Zoning Bylaw No. 9250.