Regina to vote on growth plan despite objections
RM of Sherwood objects to city's plan, calls approach to annexation "combative"
The Rural Municipality of Sherwood continues to have frosty relations with Regina as the city plans to move forward with proposed annexation plans as part of its Official Community Plan (OCP).
City council is hoping to approve part of its final plan for the city's growth Tuesday evening.
The RM said it needs the land for its own growth plan and has described the city's approach as "combative."
Officials from the municipality have written a letter to the city stating three main reasons why the RM objects to the plan.
- The letter accuses the city of using an "unproven greenbelt approach to urban planning using land outside your own jurisdiction."
- It also states that OCP does not support an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperative planning
- The plan does not acknowledge "lands of common interest" and suggests certain land designation areas contrary to stakeholder interests
The RM states the city is using a "greenbelt approach" to acquire surrounding land for its proposed expansion. It goes on to cite three cities, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Ottawa, which have tried to used similar approaches by either formalized land acquisition and banking or imposed development controls to broaden their borders. All three ended up abandoning their plans because they did not work.
The letter said approaches that have had better success, in other cities including the three mentioned, are those that include "collaborative planning efforts and inter-municipal agreements."
Aside from the letter, neither party will speak about the annexation issue because they are undergoing mediation.
"We won't deny that it's been an interesting relationship, but we'll keep those issues to ourselves while we're in mediation," said Mayor Michael Fougere.
Fougere also said the OCP answers question about how the city will house another 100,000 people.
"What do you want to see in the city," asked Fougere. "What are the socio-economic, cultural diversity you want to see here? And the report itself is consultations since 2009."
The report describes how the city would handle things such as public transportation, walkability and mixed types of housing.