The Official Community Plan (OCP) is a bylaw communicating the City’s vision, goals, objectives, and policies for the future. The purpose of the document is to provide a comprehensive policy framework to guide the physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural development of Swift Current or any part of the City over the next 25 years, including City Council’s strategic goal of 25,000 residents by the year 2025.
Currently, the City of Swift Current is experiencing an increase in growth, which is expected to continue into the future. In order to accommodate this growth, the City is working to create a new vision for the future of the City with the completion of a new OCP. Crosby Hanna & Associates will be working to assist the City in this endeavour, and bring an experienced and professional team of planners to guide the process.
- Phase I – Initial Steps (COMPLETE)
• Meetings with Steering Committee to obtain input on community vision, goals, objectives, and land-use policies in the City of Swift Current
• Base mapping of the community to summarize the existing physical, environmental, economic, social, and cultural development of the City of Swift Current
- Phase II – Background Analysis & Preliminary Consultation (COMPLETE)
• Background data analysis including demographics and population projections; real estate market and economic analysis; environmental and heritage analysis; and infrastructure and servicing analysis
• Preliminary stakeholder consultation with key interest groups to determine major concerns, desires, needs, questions, and conflicts
• Setting preliminary goals and objectives for an updated Official Community Plan
- Phase III – Preliminary Policy Direction (IN PROGRESS)
• Preliminary policies are to be drafted in line with the goals and objectives created from stakeholder consultation in Phase II
• Additional stakeholder and public meetings to be held for review of the preliminary policies
On March 15th an open house was held to seek feedback on the preliminary policies drafted for the Official Community Plan. The information presented at this open house can be viewed here, and residents are encouraged to offer feedback in the survey located here.
- Phase IV – Project Wrap Up
• A draft Official Community Plan is to be completed based on feedback given during stakeholder and public review of the preliminary policies
• A Draft Zoning Bylaw is to be completed based on the policies and provisions of the draft Official Community Plan to determine the future development regulations in the community
• Additional stakeholder and public meetings to be held to review and seek feedback on the draft Official Community Plan and draft Zoning Bylaw
• A council presentation and public hearing will be held prior to adoption of the new Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw
The current Municipal Development Plan (Official Community Plan) was adopted in 2003, and outlines the current physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural development policies of the City. This document has been amended to incorporate new development policy with the following documents:
- City of Swift Current Expansion Planning Project – Crosby Hanna & Associates examined the need for additional, developable land within the boundaries of the City of Swift Current by analyzing the economic climate, population trends, land inventory, and long term future growth plans. (Adopted in 2007)
- Northeast Urban Expansion Area Sector Plan – AECOM completed a Sector Plan to establish new growth patterns and provide future guidance for development in the Northeast area of the City of Swift Current. (Adopted in 2014). The Neighbourhood #2 Land Use Map was amended under Bylaw No. 21 - 2016.
- Swift Current Infill Guidelines – Associated Engineering completed Infill Guidelines to provide guidance as policy guidelines and performance expectations for infill projects, concept plans, and development proposals within mature areas of the City. (Adopted in 2015)
A copy of the current Municipal Development Plan can also be viewed here, along with its associated maps:
Development Plan Bylaw No. 3 - 2003 was amended under Bylaw 19 - 2016 by amending an area of the Development Pattern Map for consistency with Springs Valley Land Use Map.