Community Character (Lakeview and Cathedral)

The heritage and character of the Cathedral and Lakeview neighbourhoods contribute to their social and economic success. We invite property owners and community members to help create a definition for this ‘character’ and design potential regulatory tools to help protect it.

Register for Online Workshops

Workshop #1 – Cathedral Character Tuesday, November 30 at 7 p.m. Zoom meeting

Workshop #2 – Lakeview Character Thursday, December 2 at 7 p.m. Zoom meeting

‘Character’ makes an area attractive as a place to live, work and invest. It is the result of many elements: location, landscapes, views, architectural features, and heritage assets. Heritage assets include sites and buildings listed in the City’s Heritage Inventory for their important contribution to sense of place in Regina and overall community value for future generations.

The aim of this project is to develop a set of recommendations to City Council that clarifies heritage and character conservation objectives, rationale and expectations in the Cathedral and Lakeview neighbourhoods.

Sign up to stay informed and receive updates on community workshops, surveys and other opportunities to comment on interim project results.

Wallace Insights has been contracted to study regulatory options and lead this public engagement. Input received will also inform the work to update the Cathedral and Lakeview Neighbourhood Plans when that work is undertaken as part of the City’s Neighbourhood Plan Program.

The heritage and character of the Cathedral and Lakeview neighbourhoods contribute to their social and economic success. We invite property owners and community members to help create a definition for this ‘character’ and design potential regulatory tools to help protect it.

Register for Online Workshops

Workshop #1 – Cathedral Character Tuesday, November 30 at 7 p.m. Zoom meeting

Workshop #2 – Lakeview Character Thursday, December 2 at 7 p.m. Zoom meeting

‘Character’ makes an area attractive as a place to live, work and invest. It is the result of many elements: location, landscapes, views, architectural features, and heritage assets. Heritage assets include sites and buildings listed in the City’s Heritage Inventory for their important contribution to sense of place in Regina and overall community value for future generations.

The aim of this project is to develop a set of recommendations to City Council that clarifies heritage and character conservation objectives, rationale and expectations in the Cathedral and Lakeview neighbourhoods.

Sign up to stay informed and receive updates on community workshops, surveys and other opportunities to comment on interim project results.

Wallace Insights has been contracted to study regulatory options and lead this public engagement. Input received will also inform the work to update the Cathedral and Lakeview Neighbourhood Plans when that work is undertaken as part of the City’s Neighbourhood Plan Program.

  • Learning Resources Available

    A series of informative videos and documents have been compiled to provide helpful background on heritage and 'character' and how they relate to broader community goals. See the list below:

    Brief Histories


    The Role of Heritage


    Regulatory Options


    View Frequently Asked Questions


    Workshop Study Guide

    Participants attending the "Deep Dive on Character" online workshops on November 30 and December 2 are encouraged to view the Workshop Study Guide and read preliminary results of the Photo Story Project and other community input received so far.

  • A New Way to Participate

    Earlier this Fall, the project team met with stakeholders from a variety of sectors. Some brought expertise in heritage conservation, some were from the business and development community, some were volunteers in the Cathedral or Lakeview Community Associations, and others were owners of heritage-designated properties.

    Based on their advice, we are pleased to introduce a new way to participate in the Community Character Project. Check out our Discussion space where you can leave a comment about what makes Cathedral and Lakeview’s character special.

    The Photo Story Project is seeing activity and we will keep this going until November 24. The photos are great, check it out!

    All property owners in the Cathedral and Lakeview neighbourhoods should have received a mailer about the project. Watch your mailbox if you live or work in the area.

    Register for Workshops

    The first set of workshops are coming up! Register to participate by emailing planning@wallaceinsights.com. The session for Cathedral is Tuesday, November 30. The Lakeview session is Thursday, December 2. Both will be held virtually via Zoom and start at 7 p.m. Workshop Study Guides will be available later next week.

    Are you on social media? If so, follow the City of Regina for more about this project. Thanks to our partners Heritage Regina, Cathedral Community Association and Lakeview Community Association for being social with us to help get the word out about this project.

  • Background on Community Character Engagement

    The City of Regina seeks greater clarity on the heritage and architectural features within the Cathedral and Lakeview neighbourhoods that contribute to the unique character of these communities. This project has been formed to provide this clarity.

    The Community Character (Lakeview and Cathedral) project was created on the basis of a report to Regina Planning Commission (CR21-43 Options for Regulating Heritage and Architectural Design) on March 10, 2021. Further direction to establish the resourcing and project approach was given based on a report to City Council (CM21-7 Opportunities to Regulate Heritage and Architectural Design) on April 14, 2021.

    The following are the highlights of these reports:

    • City Council has asked for a review of opportunities to regulate heritage and/or architectural design specific to the Cathedral and Lakeview neighbourhoods.
    • Consultations with stakeholders and the broader community is expected.
    • The Cathedral and Lakeview Community Associations are encouraged to play a leadership role in these consultations.
    • This project will proceed in parallel with the ongoing Neighbourhood Planning Program to avoid impacting current planning efforts underway in other areas of the city. The results of this project shall inform future Neighbourhood Plans.
      1. The Cathedral neighbourhood is currently scheduled for Neighbourhood Plan renewal within five (5) years. It is #10 on the list.
      2. The Lakeview neighbourhood is currently scheduled for Neighbourhood Plan renewal sometime in the next 5-10 years.
    • Funding to engage a consultant and temporary assignment of internal staff was approved. Wallace Insights was contracted to lead this project.
  • Photo Story Project Launches

    The Cathedral and Lakeview neighbourhoods each have a unique sense of place. To understand what makes these neighbourhoods special, residents are invited to participate in the Photo Story Project. Using the Photo Story Map, pin a location and tell us (with photos and words) what you think creates the particular character of these areas. Submissions will be collected until November 19, 2021 and input will be sorted into themes for discussion in a series of workshops and an online survey focused on defining the character of the Cathedral and Lakeview neighbourhoods that participants feel should be protected and enhanced into the future.

    Upcoming Workshops

    If you are a resident or business owner within the Cathedral or Lakeview neighbourhood and are interested in taking part in upcoming workshops, please email planning@wallaceinsights.com to register. Workshops are online and will be hosted on Zoom.


    Workshop #1
    Cathedral Deep Dive on Character

    7:00PM, Tuesday, November 30

    Access Zoom via phone or computer

    Workshop #2
    Lakeview Deep Dive on Character

    7:00PM, Thursday, December 2

    Access Zoom via phone or computer

    Workshop #3
    Cathedral Deep Dive on Protecting Character

    7:00PM, Tuesday, January 18

    Access Zoom via phone or computer

    Workshop #4
    Lakeview Deep Dive on Protecting Character

    7:00PM, Thursday, January 20

    Access Zoom via phone or computer

    If you are new to using Zoom, please refer to the Zoom help page to help you participate in the workshops. We recommend downloading the Zoom application on your computer or cellphone. Joining from web browser is possible but some features and settings are limited.

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