The City of Weyburn has approved adopting the new District Plan, as submitted by the Weyburn and District Planning Commission, and a public hearing with both the city and RM councils will be held for the plan on Monday, Mar. 24 at 7 p.m.
City council approved adopting the plan, with a couple of tweaks to be made in the plan, at its meeting on Monday evening.
The District Planning Commission was formalized by a minister’s order last year, with the formal advisory board to be formed once the District Plan has been adopted and passed by both councils. The commission is a joint cooperative effort of the City and RM of Weyburn.
The plan is to show shared values and joint goals, with cooperative inter-municipal planning, with the plan to give guidance to the new Official Community Plan to be put in place in both the City and RM of Weyburn.
As council was told by Martino Verhaeghe, director of planning and development, the District Plan will provide a regional balance of interests, so the region as a whole (City and RM combined) will grow in a supportive and sustainable way.
With the different residential, commercial and industrial areas in both the city and RM, the plan can help guide future development of these areas, including the development of infrastructure to service all of these areas.
In terms of protecting the environment, the City and RM will work together to preserve, respect and co-manage the Souris Basin, including the Tatagwa Parkway and Nickle Lake corridor, and to ensure these areas are preserved and enhanced.
In the January building permit report, council was informed the city issued seven building permits in January, worth a total of $2,269,000.
Of these seven permits, two were for commercial additions with a total construction value of $713,000.
One permit was for a residential addition worth $6,000, there were two single family homes worth a total of $950,000, and two multi-family foundations applied for, with a construction value of $600,000. These were for a 16-unit building and a 20-unit building respectively.
This compares to a year ago, when there were nine building permits issued worth $3,896,000.
Five of those permits were for commercial projects worth just over $3 million; two permits were for residential additions worth $30,000, and two were permits for single family dwellings worth $841,000.