Council approves Regina downtown plan, land purchase
Published Tuesday, August 21, 2012 8:09AM CST
Regina's growth, and how to manage it, was front and centre at Monday night’s city council meeting.
Council first heard from presenters with concerns about downtown development, as well as the construction of City Square Plaza. Councillors later voted in favour of Regina's new downtown development plan.
The 114-page document outlines new regulations for any new buildings being constructed in the city's core, including a prohibition on any more pedestrian overpasses between buildings.
Changes also include more protection of heritage properties and landmarks, as well as a push for more bicycle lanes and bicycle parking downtown.
Also on Monday night, council approved using taxpayer dollars to purchase 248 acres of land along the city's eastern edge.
The land, which is worth an estimated $7 million, will be used to build more residential neighbourhoods.
Mayor Pat Fiacco says both motions are necessary for the future long-term development of the city.