Building the Plan
Because the plan is so important to our city’s future growth, it’s essential that we get it right. That means a great deal of thought, research, discussion and development goes into creating it. Building official community plan will be a three-year, multi-phase process.
Phase 1: Establishing Project Scope
The official community plan development project was first initiated in July 2009. The team conducted best practice research, reviewed City’s existing baseline data to identify gaps in information, reviewed the current official community plan, as well as other plans in development, and consulted with internal stakeholders. Based on this groundwork, in March 2010, the Planning and Sustainability Department developed recommendations that would define the required scope of the project.
Phase 2: Building the Foundation
From May, 2010 through April 2011 key pieces were put in place to build a foundation for moving the official community plan process forward. This included conducting additional research to address information gaps, retaining consultants, developing strategies for integrating existing and projected plans, planning for public consultation and communication and establishing the responsibilities of team members.
Phase 3: Consulting with the Public
The input of Regina residents, city council and staff, professional civic developers, key city agencies, groups and leaders, etc. will be collected through various means, and processed to provide key direction for the plan. With this feedback, we will identify strategic priorities and an advanced vision for Regina, which will guide policy development in the next phase.
Phase 4: Developing Policy
The focus of this phase is on developing the policies that will be the road map for moving the community from where we are today to where we want to be in the future. City staff will draft policies based on the priorities and direction established in Phase 3 that will provide a basis for managing the city’s growth and change. Drafts of these policies and options for how to manage the city’s growth will be reviewed and tested in consultation with the public and stakeholders as they are refined.
Phase 5: Drafting the Plan
The refined policies will be integrated to form a comprehensive policy framework that will guide the physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural development of our city. The plan that will guide our city’s future growth and change will be carefully drafted and will be taken to the community, Council, and City staff to obtain feedback.
Phase 6: Plan Approval
The Design Regina document will be thoroughly reviewed by City Council and any additional refinements made before it is forwarded to the province of Saskatchewan for approval.
The final plan will be presented to the public, and adopted as Regina’s official community plan.