Regina's executive committee has approved a final draft of the city's Official Community Plan.

The next step is for the plan to be sent to city council. The executive is made up of all council members so approval at the regular council meeting is likely.

The plan outlines the potential for growth to a population of 500,000. Elements of the plan include annexing portions of the neighbouring Rural Municipality of Sherwood, and that has led to tension between the two communities.

In a separate meeting of city council, a month ago, councillors voted unanimously to start annexing land, a decision that shocked RM officials.  

The RM has countered that it needs land for its own growth plan.

The two communities are now engaged in a mediation process to try and resolve their planning issues.

CBC News contacted RM of Sherwood officials Tuesday but they did not want to comment on the matter. They said they are studying Regina's plan and intend to make a written submission to the city before the August meeting of council.

With files from CBC's Dean Gutheil