Saskatchewan is growing
For the City of Regina, less is more.
A report released by the City on Friday shows that they’ve handed out about 46 less building permits this year compared to the 713 at this time in 2012. But the value of those projects and the number of units that will eventually be available was up by about 22 per cent. In total, 1,688 housing units will be built as a result of permits given in the first seven months of 2013.
Regina's non-English speaking community is outgrowing the capabilities of the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region's EMS crews.
Imagine needing to call 911 but not being able to communicate with the paramedics once they arrived. It's an issue that has faced EMS in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) in the past and one the region is working on improving.
The rural municipality (RM) of Sherwood has taken the first official step towards the building of the proposed Wascana Village.
In special meetings this week, council read and passed four amendments to their current official community plan that changes the zoning of a plot of land just south of the SIAST Wascana campus from agricultural to neighbourhood.
“The bylaw amendments update the RM’s ability to include neighbourhood development. Our old OCP (official community plan) wouldn’t allow us to do that,” said councillor for Division 1 Joe Repetksi.
We know growth is happening in Regina, but bedroom communities around the city are also growing on a significant level.
Construction of a new $2.5 million condominium project is underway in Pilot Butte, part of the Saskatchewan Government’s ‘HeadStart on a Home’ program. This will pave the way for nine entry-level homeowners to find a new place to live.
“We are looking towards providing housing for people. If they can’t afford to live in Regina, we do provide a more affordable solution out here,” said Pilot Butte Mayor Nat Ross.
Think of it as a blueprint for future growth in the Queen City, Design Regina - or the city’s new Official Community Plan—will lay out what the city could look like for up to 30 years in the future.
Design Regina involves planning for a population that could reach 500,000 including everything from new housing options and neighbourhoods, to green space and transportation expansion.
In an effort to sell the few remaining city-owned homes in Pleasant Hill Village, council approved a motion to introduce rent-to-own provisions to Saskatoon’s housing program.
The seven remaining units continue to sit empty since the City purchased 18 unsold homes from developers in December 2010. The city promised to buy any unsold units in order to attract developers.
With populations on the rise and a housing crisis still in full affect, the City of Regina offered three possible options to change a 21-year-old bylaw that saw landlords of rooming homes threatened with large fines and even jail time.
Around 125 people were in attendance at the Knox Metropolitan-United Church on Wednesday evening to share their views on how the altered bylaw should look.
A dispute over a development proposal in the sleepy bedroom community of Emerald Park has some people awake and alert.
After an accident on Highway 6 south of Regina, a group of concerned citizens from Estevan has renewed their calls to twin the highway.
The head-on collision took the lives of three people, including a 25-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman from Regina and a 63-year-old woman from Weyburn.
Settlement agencies providing services for refugees in Saskatoon are being celebrated but more work needs to be done to educate the public.
“There is a narrative evolving that refugees are bogus, are terrorists, are trying to sneak to use our programs. That’s just not accurate,” Klaus Gruber said earlier this week at a celebration for World Refugee Day.
People who don’t understand the system often lump temporary foreign workers, immigrants and refugees in one, said Gruber, the refugee coordinator for the Anglican diocese in Saskatoon.