WCA Master Plan
Wascana Centre Authority has had a formal Master Plan in place since 1913 and is mandated to update that plan on a regular basis. Throughout 2015 Wascana Centre Authority representatives solicited feedback through public consultations and website surveys. This helped our Master Plan architects to better understand the aspirations, interests, wishes and proposals from our various stakeholders.
On March 10, 2016 the Wascana Centre Authority officially approved the latest update to the Master Plan. This will be the 10th Master Plan for Wascana Centre Authority.
The Master Plan is a tool that is central to the operation of Wascana Centre Authority. The role of the Master Plan is to ensure that ongoing development, both landscape and institutional, furthers the mandate upon which Wascana Centre was founded - the seat of Government, education and research, cultural arts, recreational opportunities and conservation of the environment.
The Master Plan deals with the physical situation and gives guidance about the quality of future development. It does not deal with everything that happens in the Centre. For example, it is not a maintenance plan, nor an operational or management plan. It deals with what kinds of uses would be appropriate in the Centre, and where they should go – physical things such as buildings, landscape features, roads, paths, parking, gardens and fields. It also deals with where built facilities should NOT go; places reserved for open space and ecological protection. It is not specific about when proposals may be implemented, although it can propose priorities. A Master Plan is intended to guide potential development activities within the Centre until the next Master Plan is created.
2016 Master Plan
Wascana Centre as a place encapsulates much of the history of the province, from prehistoric times as the bottom of a great inland sea, through early indigenous settlement, farming settlement, the expression of great aspiration in the government of the land, the carving of a treed oasis and recreational area, to the current foresighted vision to meet five noble purposes, followed by their implementation over the last fifty years or more.
This tenth Master Plan seeks to continue that vision, tailored in small but relevant ways to the needs of today, as its predecessors have done in increments over the years. The Master Plan is a tool that is central to the operation of Wascana Centre Authority. The role of the Master Plan is to ensure that ongoing development, both landscape and institutional, furthers the vision upon which Wascana Centre was founded - the seat of Government, education and research, cultural arts, recreational opportunities and conservation of the environment.
To the founders, the importance of the Master Plan merited its inclusion in The Wascana Centre Act, which governs the operation, development and financing of the Centre. The Act stipulates the contents of the Master Plan, and also the scheduling and procedures for its periodic review and renewal.
The 2016 Master Plan document begins by describing Wascana Centre Authority, and its planning and administrative process. The report then deals with Wascana Lake followed by general planning principles and then detailed examinations of the various development areas. Important aspects of the urban and rural context of the Centre follow. The report concludes with a description of the implementation process and a condensed list of implementation items.
Click here for the entire 2016 Master Plan update.