05/28/2013 10:13 EDT | Updated 07/28/2013 05:12 EDT

Regina's growing pains needle in side of neighbouring municipality

REGINA - Plans to accommodate a future projected population of 500,000 people has a Regina-area municipality concerned about where and how the city intends to expand.

Regina Mayor Michael Fougere (foo-ZHAIR') announced details last Friday of a plan to push the city's boundaries into the surrounding Rural Municipality of Sherwood.

But Tim Probe, the municipality's deputy reeve, told reporters Monday he was caught off guard by the mayor, saying the RM has never been consulted about the city's annexation plans.

Probe says the RM and the city agree on which areas should be developed, but there needs to be more discussion on which government should have jurisdiction over land attractive to developers.

Fougere says Regina will not annex developed RM land, but feels a joint regional planning commission disbanded by the municipality last year should be reinstated to smooth out jurisdictional disputes.

Current planning projects Regina's population to swell to 300,00 by 2035, and grow to half a million over the next 40 to 50 years. (CJME)