Have you ever been surprised by a new building or development and wonder how and when it was decided? The planning and approval process is actually quite lengthy and complex; and involves multiple key inputs.
Who is responsible for sustainable growth?
Layers of innovation, influence, checks and balances contribute to planning Regina’s urbanization.
First is The Planning and Development Act (PDA) which establishes Saskatchewan land use and acts as a guide for how municipalities should operate. From there, every municipality is required to have an Official Community Plan (OCP). An OCP enables a municipality to set development goals, objectives and policies which council can use to manage land use, subdivision, municipal services, and public utilities. It is the keystone of the planning process and is essential in managing future growth and development. You may have heard of Design Regina, it is Regina’s OCP. It is a long-term plan that provides direction for managing future growth, development and change in the community to a future population of 300,000 residents and beyond. The OCP contains a comprehensive policy framework that will guide the physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural development of Regina. To learn more, read Design Regina: Official Community Plan
Where do I fit in as a member of the community?
Public consultation and input (that’s you) happens through-out the planning process for developments. Your city or community association will advise on input opportunities as well there are site notices and notifications of public hearings sent in letters or newspaper ads for all to see. This occurs after the development application has been made to the City and before the City will approve. Community involvement in the decision-making process varies depending on the type or complexity of the application. With public participation, Council is able to make better decisions about the future of our neighbourhoods. This is your opportunity to share your view.
What exactly is the process and who is involved?
Below is a high level flow of the steps involved in the process to receive development approval and get the green light on construction?
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