Underutilized Land Study

Introduction

The Underutilized Land Study will look at potential regulatory, environmental, social and economic barriers to private sector redevelopment of various types of underutilized sites throughout the City and recommend specific actions the City can undertake to improve the viability of redeveloping these lands.

What are Underutilized Sites?

For the purpose of this Study, underutilized sites are:

Brownfields – An undeveloped or previously developed property that may be contaminated.  These are usually, but not exclusively, former industrial or commercial properties that may be underutilized, derelict or vacant.

Bluefields – The site of an institutional or community facility that is no longer in use. This may include former schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, religious institutions, courthouses or similar uses.

Vacant Lots – An existing property that was formally in use but where there is no building.

Stand Alone Surface Parking Lots – A commercial surface parking lot located in the City Centre that does not contain a principle building.

Chronically Vacant Buildings – A building located within the City Centre that was formerly used for industrial, commercial or residential purposes but has been totally vacant for at least one year and is not currently available for rent or lease.

Why is the City undertaking the Study?

There are a significant number of underutilized properties within Regina’s established neighbourhoods that have the potential for development. Developing these properties is critical to achieving the Official Community Plan’s (OCP) intensification goal of directing at least 30 per cent of new population to existing urban areas.

Redeveloping of underutilized lands will:

  • Make efficient use of existing infrastructure and increase tax revenue
  • Cleanup contaminated sites and return them to an active use
  • Reduce the outward urban expansion onto agriculture lands
  • Improve public safety and encourage new neighbourhood investment by replacing unsightly, vacant spaces and replace them with active buildings
  • Help contribute to a vibrant and active downtown

When will the Study be complete?

The Study is expected to be complete in the Spring of 2018.

What will the City do with the Study?

City Administration plans to use the results of the Study in preparing an Underutilized Land Improvement Strategy. The Strategy will include specific goals and actions the City can undertake to encourage new investment in underutilized properties.

How can I learn more?

If you have questions regarding the Study or want to be updated as more information becomes available, please e-mail designregina@regina.ca