Recommendations of Heritage Program Review
At the City of Regina, we are continuing to evolve heritage conservation policies and programs to align with best practice and reflect the priorities of our residents.
Donald Luxton & Associates completed a review of the City’s Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program and identified opportunities to encourage conservation, support neighbourhood character and promote greater public appreciation of heritage properties through expanded financial incentives and other program and policy changes. View Report.
Several of the recommendations in the review are strongly aligned with feedback we received in the City’s recent Heritage Conservation Survey in December 2021.
Council will review the report in March 2022.
Proposed Immediate Changes
Pending Council approval, here are some program and policy changes that the City proposes to implement in the short term:
- The Heritage Incentive Policy will be updated to expand existing incentives for heritage conservation by:
- Broadening eligibility requirements
- Increasing the City’s annual funding allocation to $250,000 (a target of $1 per resident, subject to budget approval)
- Establish a roll-over provision that will allow incentive funds to accumulate if the budget is not exhausted each year
- Make all designated municipal heritage properties and those in the Heritage Inventory eligible to apply for grants
- Ensure incentives can cover both maintenance and larger conservation projects
- The City will collaborate with Heritage Regina to expand educational initiatives and programming, recognition of successful heritage conservation projects, and expansion of the Cultural Trailway initiative.
- A Sector Reference Group will be established to improve dialogue and communication between the City and community heritage experts.
Proposed Future Changes
In the coming months, the City would like to consult heritage stakeholders to discuss how to effectively implement additional recommendations from the report including:
- Establishing a standards of maintenance bylaw
- Removal of the grading system for heritage properties to align with best practice
- Additional tools to encourage identification of heritage properties/assets
Consultation has concluded