What is Cultural Planning?

Together with other leading municipalities, Regina embraces a vision of cultural planning that is strategic, integrated, responsive and comprehensive in scope. Cultural planning must not only guide the development of the cultural community, but it must also support wide range of municipal planning issues and priorities, including economic development, land use planning and urban design, neighbourhood development, diversity, local identity, and sense of place, among others.

Cultural planning rests on the following guiding principles.

  • Cultural resources: cultural planning encompasses a broad range of cultural resources, including creative cultural industries, cultural spaces and facilities, natural and cultural heritage, festivals and events, and community cultural organizations.

  • Cultural mapping: cultural planning begins with cultural mapping, a systematic approach to identifying and recording a community’s tangible and intangible cultural resources.

  • Adopting a ”cultural lens”: cultural planning establishes processes to integrate culture into all facets of municipal planning and decision-making.

  • Cross-sector strategies: cultural planning requires new partnerships or shared governance mechanisms (such as cultural roundtables) to support ongoing collaboration between the municipality and its community and business partners.

  • Networks and engagement: cultural planning seeks to strengthen networks across the cultural community, and create comprehensive and ongoing strategies to support community engagement.