Design Regina: The Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2013-48 (OCP) states that 30 per cent of the city’s future growth should be infill, meaning that it will be located in existing urban areas, to ensure long-term sustainable growth and to enhance the city’s urban form. The City of Regina has embarked on the following projects to help make the plan a reality:
Laneway and Garden Suites Guidelines/Pilot Project
The Laneway and Garden Suites Guidelines and Pilot Project were approved by City Council on January 25, 2016.
Laneway and garden suites are becoming an increasingly popular options for housing that has a number of benefits, including increased housing choice, affordability and diversity, opportunities to age in place, share housing among family members and gain rental income.
The City has initiated a Pilot Project to test these guidelines within the City’s established neighbourhoods and has selected six (6) proposals to participate.
The objective of the Laneway and Garden Suites Guidelines/Pilot Project is to allow for laneway and garden suites that respects the character and quality of Regina’s established neighbourhoods. Laneway and garden suites are becoming an increasingly popular options for housing that has a number of benefits, including increased housing choice, affordability and diversity, opportunities to age in place, share housing among family members and gain rental income.
Infill Housing Guidelines
The Infill Housing Guidelines will ensure that future infill development is compatible with Regina’s established neighbourhoods. Infill residential development (the replacement of an existing building or a new building on a vacant lot in an established neighbourhood) is an ongoing process. The objective of these guidelines is to ensure that new developments have a positive impact on existing neighbourhoods.
Benefits of infill development include neighbourhood reinvestment and renewal, opportunities for housing diversity, reduced urban sprawl, better use of existing infrastructure and better access to jobs, services and amenities in established neighbourhoods for an increased number of residents.