New Transit Villages will work to re-imagine large commercial sites into hubs of activity where home, work and entertainment intersect. They’ll be the anchors of our future rapid transit system and become attractive, four-season environments that are designed with you in mind.
Transit Villages Plans on Agenda January 14th - Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services
The agenda can be found at saskatoon.ca/city-hall and includes all relevant reports and Appendices.
The Growth Plan to Half a Million (Growth Plan) was approved in principle by City Council in April 2016, establishing a new approach to the growth and evolution of the City over the coming decades. An important part of this Plan was the vision for rebalancing the future growth of the City through long-term targets of 50% infill and 50% greenfield development.
The Corridor Growth Portfolio was created as a major component of the Growth Plan to achieve the infill targets, while also leveraging and supporting the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. As part of the vision for corridor growth, key locations were identified at commercial centres throughout the City that offer high potential for major shopping centre redevelopment, adjacent to significant planned BRT stations - prime areas for Transit Villages. The Transit Village locations identified are Confederation Suburban Centre, The Centre Mall, and University Heights Suburban Centre.
Significant opportunities exist to create new, vibrant, and attractive activity hubs that incorporate a wide range of land uses at densities that are financially feasible, and that support the corridor growth objectives and use of the BRT system.
In addition, the Canadian retail landscape is changing rapidly, influenced by several factors, key among them the rise of online shopping and consumer preferences shifting away from static shopping malls to more experience-based commercial. By introducing a wider range of uses, including residential, restaurants, food stores, and professional offices, mall owners are seeking to re-invigorate their holdings and broaden their customer base.
At its August 28, 2017 meeting, City Council approved the award of contract for the provisions of planning and design services for Transit Villages to a partnership led by DIALOG.
- August 2017
- RFP Awarded - Dialog and the Project team begin developing Transit Villages Plans.
- Late 2018 / Early 2019
- Work on Final Stages of Transit Villages Report.
- Engage and work with key stakeholders to refine the Transit Villages Report.
- January 2020
- Presentation of final Report to the Special Committee on Planning & Development and Community Services as well as City Council (Information Report)
Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF)
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.