City ta­bles up­dated Of­fi­cial Com­mu­nity Plan

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Af­ter ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tions the City of Swift Cur­rent has tabled their 2019 Of­fi­cial Com­mu­nity Plan.

The 72 page doc­u­ment is de­signed to be the blueprint for fu­ture growth of the com­mu­nity over the next 25 to 50 years.

It was of­fi­cially pre­sented at the April 8 Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil Meet­ing, and no­tice of mo­tion was given in re­gards to coun­cil’s in­tent to adopt this new plan.

“It’s like the plan­ning bi­ble for this com­mu­nity,” ex­plained City of Swift Cur­rent Gen­eral Man­ager of Plan­ning and Growth De­vel­op­ment Michael Ruus.

“This doc­u­ment re­ally out­lines all of the pol­icy that we need to be fol­low­ing to move for­ward in that 25 year pe­riod, and cre­ates tools for us to use in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of that plan.”

The doc­u­ment con­tains poli­cies, con­cept plans and neigh­bour­hood use strate­gies in or­der to pro­vide the strat­egy be­hind the fu­ture growth of the com­mu­nity. It out­lines the goals in the ar­eas of goals, peo­ple and places, en­vi­ron­ment, re­la­tion­ships, in­fra­struc­ture and iden­tity.

The 2019 doc­u­ment up­dates Swift Cur­rent’s last plan which was com­pleted in 2003. Since that time, the com­mu­nity recorded a pop­u­la­tion growth of 18 per cent (in­creas­ing from 15,709 to 18,558 ac­cord­ing to 2017 Sask Health data), and recorded $584 mil­lion in con­struc­tion be­tween 2004 and 2015.

The doc­u­ment also com­plies with the new reg­u­la­tory frame­work set out by the prov­ince when it comes to land use plan­ning.

“There were some cases of po­lices not nec­es­sar­ily be­ing in line with the provin­cial di­rec­tion, which we’re re­quired to be. So that was the real im­pe­tus to get this project go­ing.”

Ruus ex­plained the next step is for the City to com­plete the up­dat­ing of zon­ing by­laws, which are the main im­ple­men­ta­tion tool to make this plan a re­al­ity.

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