What is the Zoning Bylaw used for?
The Zoning Bylaw is used to regulate development within the City in order to avoid issues between land uses and provide for the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of Regina.
Why did it need to be updated?
Under The Planning & Development Act, 2007, the City is required to ensure that the Zoning Bylaw aligns with it’s Official Community Plan.
What are the major changes?
The most significant changes between the current Zoning Bylaw and the proposed Zoning Bylaw are:
- Consolidation of zones and land uses
- Greater encouragement of mixed use development
- Revised structure to be more user friendly
- Simplified parking requirements
Will this affect how I apply for a building or development permit?
Additional information may be required now that wasn’t previously. This will be dependant on the type of development being proposed and its location. There is also new building permitting software being implemented that may result in process changes that are unrelated to the proposed Zoning Bylaw but may change what information is required and when it is submitted.
What new development will be permitted in my neighbourhood?
There are many factors that impact whether new development occurs within a neighbourhood, including market and locational factors. While the proposed Zoning Bylaw creates the environment for new development to occur, it is not a guarantee that development will occur.
Since each neighbourhood is different, the development permitted in a neighbourhood will vary based on existing buildings and land uses, and the Official Community Plan policies applicable to the area.
How will the changes impact my neighbourhood?
The impacts to neighbourhoods will vary based on location and the demand for housing, commercial and/or amenity services. Residential neighbourhoods may see very little impact by the proposed changes.
If changes to neighbourhoods do occur, they will occur gradually over time. Whatever changes may occur, the proposed zones were crafted in such a way to allow for complementary development in a given area that supports and advances the City’s vision.
Will the proposed Zoning Bylaw increase my property taxes?
Zoning plays a part in determining a property’s assessed value and the taxation of property. However, it is expected that changes from the current zoning bylaw to the new bylaw will not impact either the assessed value or the property taxes.
Common Zoning Terms
Zone – a label that the City of Regina applies to each parcel of land within the City to establish regulations and standards for the subdivision, use and development of that land.
Land Use Class - a grouping of similar land uses.
Frontage - distance between the two points where the side lot lines of a lot intersect the boundary of a public street.
Setback - the distance between a front, rear, or side lot line (as applicable) and the closest wall or part of a building or structure.
Mixed-use development - a lot that contains both residential and non-residential principal land uses.
Coverage - the percentage of a lot which is covered by buildings or structures, excluding uncovered swimming pools, uncovered terraces, uncovered porches and decks.
Easement - the right, as registered to a property title, to cross or otherwise use another person’s land, usually for a specified purpose.
Permitted use - a use of land, intensity of use, development or structure that an owner is entitled to as of right of a development permit provided the use or development conforms to the development standards and regulations of the Zoning Bylaw.
Discretionary Use - a use of land, intensity of use, development or other structure that may be permitted in a zone only at the discretion of and at a location specified by the Development Officer or Council.
Principal use - the main or primary use and chief purpose of land or structure, as distinguished from a secondary or accessory use.