The City of Saskatoon is nearing completion of the North Downtown Master Plan which will guide development of this exciting new neighborhood in the heart of the city.
Community Conversation #4
A draft final North Downtown Master Plan and next steps were presented at a public open house on June 11, 2014.
Civic staff and the Design Consultant were in attendance to answer questions and listen to and record feedback.
Community Consultation #4 Presentation
Community Consultation # 4 Poster Boards:
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Poster Boards 5-8
Poster Boards 9-12
May 12, 2014 Executive Committee Presentation
Previous Community Conversations
On June 20, 2013, our third Community Conversation was held at TCU Place, in collaboration with the City Centre Plan project. The North Downtown Master Plan interim presentation resulted from feedback that was recieved from the public and stakeholders at the previous community engagement events. The concept of the green bridge - which functions to span the CP rail line, create a significant central park and provide 750 stalls of underground parking - was explained further. The master plan includes a vibrant green corridor along the exisiting CN Line with a multi-use path, community gardens and a small enclosed dog-run. The presentation described the proposed land-use mix, and possible massing that would allow the neighbourhood to house 5,400 people, as well as supporting office and retail uses.
The completed Master Plan will be presented to City Council in February 2014. Implementation of the plan will span over a 20-year period and the first phase may start in 2017, pending approvals and financing.
Community Consultation #3 Presentation
The second Community Conversation took place on March 23, 2013. Two early concepts were presented at this time in order to propose and discuss possible ideas for the project. Both options take a closer look at how this new neighbourhood might be shaped through green spaces, improved connections, and a mix of land uses including residential, office, and retail spaces.
Community Consultation #2 Presentation
The first Community Conversation was held at the Farmer's Market on January 26, 2013 to discuss the North Downtown Master Plan. This was the first step in the design process led by the project consultants Perkins + Will and Group2 Architects.
In the first step of the project's community engagement, we were able to tell the community a little more about the goals and objectives of the North Downtown Master Plan. It was a great way to also: learn more about the area from the locals; test ideas; better understand priorities; and collaborate with stakeholders to develop innovative solutions. In March, options for the site development will be brought out to the community for further discussion.
Community Consultation #1 Presentation
The North Downtown site area is bounded by 33rd Street to the north, 1st Avenue to the east, and 24th Street to the south, and Idylwyld Drive along the western edge. CPR and the CNR lands are included in the study. The study area covers approximately 240 acres, of which, the city owns 43 gross acres of land including the Police Services Headquarters.
The purpose of the North Downtown Master Plan is to create a framework that will guide civic and private development and set the groundwork for land development and marketing the neighbourhood. Master Plan will create a vision for an integrated community which is compact, diverse and walkable on an underutilized site in the north end of Saskatoon’s downtown. The North Downtown master plan will create a new neighbourhood which is ecologically sustainable as well as a vibrant and liveable place – a demonstration project for a bold new direction in the Saskatoon’s planning, policy and urban development that is part of the Integrated Growth Plan.
The need for a master plan for the North Downtown is motivated by the numerous projects that are underway in this area. The 25th Street Extension, the Police Services Headquarters, the relocation of the City Yards, the Re-use of the John Deere Building. The vision for the project is founded upon the City's Integrated Growth Plan, the Strategic Vision, Saskatoon Speaks and the Warehouse District Local Area Plan. It has been proposed as:
The North Downtown is an environmentally sustainable, complete community. It is a vibrant, people-friendly neighbourhood that is easy to get around, supports living and working for people of all ages and enhances the city's green space network. The built heritage of the site, dating from Saskatoon's inception, provides the foundation for this new, unique and desirable district within the city.
Request for Qualifications July 23, 2012
Request for Proposals September 6, 2012
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Project Manager: Jeanna South, firstname.lastname@example.org