The purpose of the Corridor Planning Program is simple - to turn Saskatoon's busy traffic streets into places for people.
Corridor Planning - Creating Places for People
Corridors are destinations, not just roads that get you from point A to B. They connect neighbourhoods and neighbours. They're places for people - whether you're walking, riding, driving, or spending time with family and friends. To create this shift, the City of Saskatoon is re-thinking how corridors are planned for the long term, including how the land is used, how public space is designed and how buildings are built.
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.
Work on the first Corridor Plan - the College Corridor Plan for the College segment - has started. It will be followed by the Nutana segment in 2022.
Corridor Growth Area - Boundary Map
Corridor Growth Area - Land Uses
The following land use descriptions can be found in the Official Community Plan (OCP).
|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 transit-oriented 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.|
The Corridor Planning Program includes the creation of Corridor Plans and a number of related projects.
|Priorities and Selection Criteria||A process to determine the priority of corridor plans.|
|Corridor Engagement Strategy||A plan to help us understand how local groups, organizations and residents want to be involved in corridor planning activities.||
Estimated completion August 2021
|College Corridor Plan||The process to develop a Corridor Plan for the College segment will take approximately one year.||
Started June 2021
|Corridor Incentives and Financing Tools||Development incentives and infrastructure financing tools to encourage and support new development along the major corridors. A preliminary list of potential options has been created and presented in a report in June 2021.||
Estimated completion Q1 2022
|Corridor Zoning Districts||New corridor-focused zoning districts that align with the new Official Community Plan land use designations will be prepared.||
Estimated completion by the end of 2021
|Future Corridor Plans||Initiate the Nutana Corridor Plan in 2022.||
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.