One Growing Community
Lifestyle, location and housing affordability have contributed to make the choice to live in our communities an attractive option. It is expected that our rapid growth rate will only accelerate as the major highway improvements recently completed make commuting to Regina a much safer and less onerous proposition.
Growth to 2045
As one of the fastest growing areas in Canada, a reasonable ‘medium' growth forecast projects that today's broader community population of over 5,500 will grow to over 22,000 by 2045. If this 'medium' growth forecast comes to pass, approximately 2,469.22 acres (999.26 hectares) will be required to meet the community's growth needs.
We have the opportunity now, to create one urban community that places value on the unique way in which we want to live, raise our families, and foster economic development.
As we grow we will need to make smart decisions today that allow even better decisions to be made in the future. Our proposal outlines a strategic vision that will:
- Ensure there are sufficient lands that can support well-planned and managed growth.
- Establish growth areas with a longer view in order to create efficient and cost-effective services for our residents and businesses.
- Support and maximize regional economic development opportunities.
- Deliver a vision that protects our environmentally sensitive areas.
Present Challenges With The Status Quo
The Town of White City is a progressive, well managed community that has developed and is implementing a strategic, longer term plan capable of guiding community development for decades to come.
However, the current unusual and confining geographic and governance model in place surrounding the Town and the lack of integration concerning taxation, land development and the provision of school, recreation and other municipal services, complicates our efforts.
Today's disparate governance structure challenges effective service delivery, erodes effective long-term planning, and doesn't provide a single representative voice to guide decision making for residents of our broader urban community.
Existing development in our community is completely seamless in terms of physical boundaries, emphasizing the complete lack of rationale for remaining subdivided into two separate municipal jurisdictions.
The mandates and characteristics of governance are fundamentally different for urban and rural areas. This is reflected in the provincial legislation which presumes that municipalities understand this difference and focus on those matters anticipated in the legislation.
The case for consolidation of the existing urban areas and sufficient land to support the growth of one integrated, full service community is compelling. Good governance, good planning and good sense will be well served by one community with one collective voice.
"…growth within a municipality's vicinity may lead to regional economic benefits and may enhance opportunities for upgrading recreation and cultural activities. Identifying what will best foster regional growth should be an important factor when considering whether a boundary alteration is appropriate. For example, providing the infrastructure necessary to support growth may only be possible if land and associated property tax revenues are within an urban centre. The logical sequence of developing land can also affect the costs of servicing and benefits from growth."
- The Guide for Municipal Boundary Alterations (Annexation) – November 2015 Government of Saskatchewan
The accompanying map highlights these challenges. White City is at the centre of a much larger urban complex that is slowly surrounding the community. All this urban development outside of the town is occurring in the RM of Edenwold. It places pressure on the Town’s infrastructure, planning and use of recreational facilities and programs and creates an imbalance in property tax support for these services.
Map of Exisiting Land Use in the Broader Community