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The purpose of the Corridor Planning Program is simple - to turn Saskatoon's busy traffic streets into places for people.

The Growth Plan to Half a Million (Growth Plan)  established Corridor Growth as a key initiative to help balance future outward growth of the City with infill development opportunities.   Specifically, the Plan re-envisioned the future growth of Saskatoon with long-term targets of balancing 50% infill and 50% new area development, with 15% of the planned infill, or approximately 22,000 new residential units, targeted along the city’s busy corridors.

The Corridor Transformation Plan, (Transformation Plan) endorsed by City Council in January 2020, is a long-term visionary plan that highlights opportunities and methods for implementing the Corridor Growth Area objectives. The Transformation Plan provides direction for future Corridor Planning Program deliverables, which includes developing Corridor Plans for each of the 10 segment areas within the Corridor Growth Area (see segment area maps below).  The intent of a Corridor Plan is to incorporate the goals and principles of the Official Community Plan, the Transformation Plan and provide a framework within which detailed land use planning activities will occur. 

What are Corridor Plans?

Each Corridor Plan is to be developed through a collaborative process with land owners, neighbourhood residents, local business owners and stakeholder groups.  Through this consultative process new corridor land uses will be applied to some of the land within the segment area.  A Corridor Plan will also look at making the streets more enjoyable for pedestrians, enhancements to open spaces and parks, and upgrading infrastructure to support growth demand.

The first Corridor Plan will begin May/June of 2021 on the College Segment, followed by the Nutana segment in 2022.

 

Corridor Growth Area - Boundary Map

Corridor Growth Area Boundary Map

 

 

Segment Area Maps

The Corridor Growth Area has been divided into 10 segment areas.  A Corridor Plan will be created for each area.  Click on the segment names below for a detailed map.

Corridor Growth Area Segments

 

Blairmore 8th Street
22nd Street Holmwood
Woodlawn Preston
Lawson College
Nutana University Heights

 

Corridor Growth Area - Land Uses

The following land use descriptions can be found in the Official Community Plan

Corridor Transit Village Land designated as “Corridor Transit Village” has the potential for a mix of medium to high density residential, commercial, institutional, and recreational uses that are located in strategic locations along the BRT network and have the opportunity to significantly contribute to corridor growth objectives and targets in the Growth Plan to Half a Million. These sites are typically located within Urban Centres and are intended to provide a mix of employment, residential, recreational and open space uses that support and benefit from their location along the BRT network. These sites are typically developed in a phased fashion.
Station Mixed Use Land designated as “Station Mixed Use” has the potential for medium density, three to six storey mixed use developments that incorporate transit-oriented development principles and a broad range of residential, commercial, institutional, cultural, and community uses.  These lands are located on the BRT network corridors, within 50 metres of the centre of an intersection where a BRT station is located as illustrated on the Bus Rapid Transit Routing and Transit Village Location Map
Corridor Mixed Use Land designated as “Corridor Mixed Use” has the potential for medium density, two to four storey mixed use developments that are pedestrian-oriented and incorporate transitoriented development principles. These lands are located on the BRT network corridors between station locations, or on other major transportation corridors in proximity to the BRT network. 
Corridor Main Street Land designated as “Corridor Main Street” has the potential for medium density mixed use developments that are pedestrian-oriented and incorporate transit-oriented development principles. These areas are typically existing commercial streets located on the BRT and regular transit network. Corridor Main Street areas are intended to enhance the existing character, function, and built form in historic or significant commercial districts located within the Corridor Growth Area. 
Corridor Residential Land designated as “Corridor Residential” has the potential for ground-oriented, low to medium density residential development. These areas are located near to the BRT network corridors and are intended to provide a transition of densities from Station Mixed Use, Corridor Mixed Use and/or Corridor Main Street lands into the surrounding neighbourhoods.  

 

Engagement Opportunities

​Implementation Timeline

 

   Status

Corridor Planning Program Implementation

 

Completed December 2020

Priorities and Selection Criteria: A process to determine the priority of future corridor plans. 

 

Estimated completion April 2021

Corridor Planning Process: The preparation of a ‘standardized’ process for preparing future Corridor Plans.

 

May/June 2021

Initiate the College Segment Corridor Plan

 

Estimated completion June 2021

Engagement Strategy: A plan to help us understand how local groups, organizations and residents want to be involved in future corridor planning activities.  

 

Phase 1 - estimated completion June 2021

Development Incentives and Financing Options:  Phase 1 focuses on gathering ideas and options for development incentives and financing options to encourage and support new development along the major corridors

 

Estimated completion by the end of 2021 

Corridor Zoning Districts: New, corridor-focused zoning districts that align with the new OCP land use designations will be prepare  

 

TBD

Corridor Development Tools: Ideas for additional tools that could be used to help encourage development that reflects the goals and objectives of the Transformation Plan

 

2022

Initiate the Nutana Segment Corridor Plan

 


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Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

Funding for this project is provided through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) from the Government of Canada and the City of Saskatoon.  To learn more visit Infrastructure Canada. PTIF logo