It was a big night in downtown Regina.
— David Boles (@DavidJBoles) October 30, 2018
At City Hall Monday, council passed a motion to commit to making Regina a fully renewable city by 2050.
“The motion is aspirational one level, because we decided we want to do this,” said Mayor Michael Fougere.
A report from city administration on the matter is to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2019, which Fougere said gives them a plan of action.
In addition to the report, the city will be looking at other options for new and sustainable action and working with the federal and provincial governments to participate on this.
“As much as we aspire to have this plan in place by 2050, property taxes aren’t going to cut it. It’s just very evident. We’ll tax ourselves out of existence if we do this, just on property taxes alone,” said Fougere.
Monday night also saw the approval of the Water Mater Plan, which details more than $1 billion of necessary investment over the next 25 years to keep water utility flowing at the highest of standards.
However, with the passage of the renewable motion, there may be some more work to do on that front.
“We may have to re-look at that plan over the longer term, whether it still meets the requirements for our city,” said Fougere. “That’s another conversation for another day, but that’s something we should be looking at.”