Saskatoon Land offers an Incentive Program to encourage homebuilders and homebuyers to improve the curb appeal of newly built homes in our communities. The incentives are part of our commitment to building environmentally sustainable communities and encouraging environmentally friendly household practices.
In January 2020, City Council approved an amendment to the Incentive Program, changing the timeline for completion of new single-family driveway and front yard landscaping to 18 months from date of building permit issuance, for maximum rebate amounts of $6,000 for driveway and $2,000 for landscape. No reduced rebate amount will be offered past 18 months. If the driveway and front yard landscaping are complete prior to the final payment of the lot, the option exists to have the relevant incentive amount deducted from the final payment amount, evidenced by receipts, photo evidence from the home builder, and inspections by Saskatoon Land staff.
All incentives with building permits opened in 2019 or prior will maintain the pre-existing process of maximum rebate of $6,000 for driveway rebates completed within one year of building permit issuance date, and $3,000 for driveway rebates completed within two years of building permit issuance; and maximum rebate of $2,000 for landscape rebates completed within one year of building permit issuance date, and $1,000 for landscape rebates completed within two years of building permit issuance.
Landscaping Incentive Rebate
For both attached garage and detached garage lots, a maximum rebate of $2,000 is available for the early establishment of front yard landscaping on lots currently held in Saskatoon Land’s inventory in the Aspen Ridge, Kensington and Parkridge communities. The rebate is available for builders or individual lot purchasers for the completion of front yard landscaping within 18 months of the building permit issuance date.
Landscaping Rebate Material Scope & Minimum standards
The rebate material scope includes materials and services rendered for the installation of sod, artificial turf*, topsoil, trees, shrubs, plant materials, hardscape elements, irrigation components, and edging.
*artificial turf must be pre-approved by Saskatoon Land.
To be eligible for this rebate, the following minimum standards apply:
- Topsoil installed to a minimum depth of 4”;
- Sod (seeded lawns are not acceptable) “Sod laying shall be performed during the active growing season for type of sod. Sodding during dry periods, at freezing temperatures or over frozen soil is unacceptable.” Canadian Landscape Standards, 2017; and
- A minimum of one tree of a species suitable for Saskatoon’s climate and soil types must be planted in the front yard of the following minimum size:
a) Deciduous trees must have a minimum 1 3/4” caliper measured 6” above ground; and
b) Coniferous trees must be at a minimum 6’ in height.
Landscape plans must be submitted prior to installing xeriscape for review by Saskatoon Land staff. Rebates for xeriscaped front yards will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of Saskatoon Land.
For xeriscape yards, the following minimum standards apply:
- A minimum of one (1) tree is required to the same standards as outlined above. If you wish to substitute the tree for additional vegetation you must contact Saskatoon Land for approval;
- All xeriscapes must include a mix of perennial shrubs. The minimum shrub requirement is 3 shrubs with 2m spread at full growth; however, it is strongly encouraged to go beyond the minimum standard; and
- Acceptable ground covers include mulch, rock, native grasses and wildflowers, and perennials. Rock ground cover is only permitted to cover 30% of the landscape. The remaining 70% must be covered by mulch or vegetation that is not sod such as shrubs and/or native grasses and wildflowers.
Community Tree Planting Program
Lot purchasers can request their preference of available tree species for the City-owned portion of their front and/or side yard. The yard must be up-to-grade before a tree request can be processed and the tree planting site must meet minimum spacing requirements and be cleared of all above and below ground utilities to be approved as a plant site. The homeowner is responsible for watering the new tree unless otherwise noted. Refer to the City of Saskatoon website at saskatoon.ca (services for residents/yard and garden/trees) for more information.
Rebate Terms and Conditions
Landscaping rebate eligibility is open to builders or individuals who purchased the lot directly from Saskatoon Land.
Rebates are paid out once the lot has been paid in full; and The property and dwelling meets all Architectural Controls and Incentive Rebate standards to the satisfaction of Saskatoon Land.
City Boulevards (Combined Walk & Curb)
To obtain the landscaping rebate for areas with combined walk and curb, the builders/homeowners are required to landscape up to the inside sidewalk edge.
City Boulevards (Separate Walk & Curb)
To obtain the landscaping rebate for areas with separate walk and curb, proponents are required to landscape the space between the outer sidewalk edge and the curb-face, adjacent to the road top (boulevard). The landscaping of this area must complement the front yard landscaping in order to receive the landscape rebate.
Front Yard Defined
With the exception of corner lots, the landscaping rebate is eligible to front yard landscaping work only. The front yard is defined as the area between the front building wall and inside sidewalk edge.
Licensed Landscaping Contractor
To qualify for the landscape rebate, all landscape services and installation must be performed by companies holding a valid City of Saskatoon Business License, Contractor License, or Non-Resident Contractor License.
On corner lots, the landscaping rebate also applies to the side-yard which abuts the flanking street.
Notwithstanding the rebate schedule shown in Figure 1, in no case shall the rebate exceed the invoiced cost of the front yard landscaping work.
Front Driveway Incentive Rebate
For attached garage lots, a maximum of $6,000 rebate is available for the early completion of a hard surfaced front driveway on lots currently held in Saskatoon Land’s inventory in the Aspen Ridge, Kensington and Parkridge communities. The rebate is available for builder or individual lot purchasers for the completion of front driveway surfacing within 18 months of the building permit issuance date.
Acceptable Driveway Types
- Rebate eligibility is generally limited to the following concrete driveway types: broom-finished, stamped and coloured, exposed aggregate and pavers.
- Rebate eligibility for driveway types not listed above will be at the discretion of Saskatoon Land.
Terms and Conditions
Front driveway rebate eligibility is open to builders or individuals who purchased the lot directly from Saskatoon Land.
If the driveway is complete prior to the final payment of the lot, the option exists to have the incentive amount deducted from the final payment amount, evidenced by receipts, photo evidence from the home builder, and inspections by Saskatoon Land staff. Otherwise, rebates are paid out once the lot has been paid in full; and the property and dwelling meets all Architectural Controls and Incentive Rebate standards to the satisfaction of Saskatoon Land.
To qualify for the front driveway rebate, all front driveway services and installation must be performed by companies holding a valid City of Saskatoon Business License, Contractor License, or Non-Resident Contractor License.
The front driveway rebate is eligible for the cost of the front driveway only. This rebate will not cover the cost for any portion of a retaining wall or walkway entrance.
Front Driveway Defined
The front driveway is defined as the area between the front attached garage and the inside edge of the sidewalk.
Lot Type Applicability
The front driveway rebate shall only apply to lots that require an attached garage. No rebate will be granted for the cost of constructing a garage pad for a detached garage.
Where an attached garage faces the side street and vertical curbing exists, the Transportation and Utilities Department (306-975-2460) must be contacted to determine the appropriate crossing allowances.
Application and Inspection
No rebate shall be granted until approval of the attached application and inspection of the work is completed.
Deposit amount of 13% is due within five (5) business days of offer acceptance.
Payment – 0% for 24 Months: Full payment of the lot is due in 24 months. After 24 months, a further payment of 5% on the purchase price is required to extend an additional four (4) months at an interest rate of 5%.
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