The University Heights Sector Plan has three main purposes:
- This plan enhances the City of Saskatoon's vision in the Official Community Plan to develop a Suburban Development Area;
- This plan establishes a layout for the preparation of future Neighbourhood Concept Plans to ensure growth proceeds in a balanced, compact, contiguous manner; and
- This plan identifies key land uses and servicing components that will need to be addressed in detail during the Neighbourhood Concept Plan process.
Sector Plans provide a broad framework for future urban development and include the location and size of future neighbourhoods, employment areas, parks, and significant natural areas. City services are planned, new neighbourhood concept plans are developed, land use designations and rezoning applications are evaluated, and amendments to the City boundary are based on the framework provided by Sector Plans.
The Sector Plan is a preliminary planning study and is future oriented. No specific timeframe for development is applied to the University Heights Sector Plan.
On August 1, 2010, the City of Saskatoon boundary was altered to include an additional 997ha (2,464ac) on the edge of the city to accommodate the growth of the University Heights Sector.
The University Heights Sector is located in the northeast area of Saskatoon. It is bounded by the University of Saskatchewan Kernen Farm to the east, by the South Saskatchewan River on the west, and by the Perimeter Highway on the northeast.
The University Heights Sector is made up of two future residential neighbourhoods, two district commercial sites, the Northeast Swale and a employment area. Neighbourhood No. 1 (Evergreen) was started in 2009.
The University Heights Sector Plan was approved by Saskatoon City Council on October 7th, 2013.
· Other projects in the University Heights area are: