Q: What considerations are taken into account when approving infill housing?

A: If the infill development complies with zoning for the area, a building permit for construction is submitted and reviewed under building permit regulations.

If the development requires a zoning change or discretionary use, then an application must be made to the City. How the project will affect the surrounding area and the character of the neighbourhood, as well as its potential impact on support services, public safety and adjacent property are all considered when reviewing the application.

The City does not regulate architectural style or neighbourhood character.

Q: The guidelines were slated to be finished by February 2016 – when did you decide to roll this into future initiatives, and why the delay?

A: The City was able to get the associated project – the Laneway and Garden Suites Pilot Project – off the ground and that’s running well. With the infill guidelines project, it became clear through consultations and research that the City should expand the scope beyond the original intent. Our goal is not to do this quickly, it’s to do this right. By expanding the scope and including the infill project into a more comprehensive approach for policy decisions, the City is doing that.

Q: How will these guidelines be used?

A: The next step in this project is an administrative review the findings in the consultant’s report.

Q: Will the other initiatives deal with more than just infill?

A: Yes. As it did with Design Regina: The Official Community Plan, the City is thinking long-term and holistically. As we grow Regina, we want to grow in an organized way – so taking a broader, strategic approach to context-sensitive development just makes sense.

Q: What does the City require of builders of infill development?

A: Builders are held to the requirements of current zoning and building code. Guidelines are being considered in light of stakeholder feedback to align with future regulations and policy initiatives.

Q: It seems like there is a lot of interest in Infill Housing development, especially now that many of Regina’s homes are aging. What was the level of engagement from City residents in the open houses and online survey?

A: Dozens of people attended public information sessions and an open house, and hundreds more provided their feedback online. The City reached out to residents and stakeholders – and that’s what informed the decision to go the extra mile with this project and really do it right, taking a more comprehensive approach.