City of Regina wants to streamline heritage renovations
Significant alterations still to be decided by City Council
The City of Regina wants to change the process for alterations to its heritage properties — including such structures as the Albert Street Bridge and the RCMP Chapel.
Right now, there is a mishmash of rules governing who has the final say on alterations depending on when a property received its heritage designation.
City planners are recommending that process be simplified so the same rules exist for all its 92 heritage properties.
In a nutshell, that means smaller changes to 42 properties that used to go to politicians for a vote will in future be dealt with by city staffers.
An administration report going to the Regina Planning Commission today the revamped rules would make the process quicker, more consistent and improve service to its customers.
'Significant' alterations will still require a vote of city council
The change won't mean a free-for-all when it comes to renovating heritage properties, according to Fred Searle, manager of current planning with the city.
He says significant alterations to heritage buildings will continue to be considered by the city's Heritage Advisory Committee and will still require final approval from City Council.
However, the new process would speed up requests for minor changes or those that do not affect the characteristics which got the property its heritage designation in the first place.
For instance, Searle says, maintenance work inside the Hotel Saskatchewan would likely be approved by the city administration but a proposal to renovate its exterior Tyndall stone and replace it with brick would continue to need to go to council.