REGINA – The province of Saskatchewan has ordered an inspection of the proposed Wascana Village development in the RM of Sherwood.
The 736-acre community would be built just south of current city boundaries. The development would feature single family homes, townhomes, rental and student housing, a senior’s assisted living facility, two elementary schools, and a high school.
According to a release sent out by the provincial government, Retired Queens Bench judge Ron Barclay will conduct the inspection and focus on the following:
- The full history, background, process, facts and circumstances which led to the approval by the Council of the amendments to the official community plan and zoning bylaws and subsequent concept plan(s) for the proposed Wascana Village development;
- The appropriateness of the directions, actions or inactions of any employee or agent of the municipality or member of council for the municipality relating to the proposed Wascana Village development; and
- Whether the mechanisms in place in the municipality for the identification, disclosure and addressing of pecuniary interests in matters brought before council are appropriate and effective.
“Effective and efficient municipal government is always a provincial interest,” Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter said.
“For those RMs that border our largest cities, the provincial interest in ensuring municipal actions do not limit growth or compromise private or public investment is even more significant. Municipal councils have a tough job to do. By ordering this inspection, the province is performing its due diligence to identify any potential problems and to assist the RM to resolve them.”
Barclay’s report will be provided to the ministry and the council of the RM of Sherwood.