Long Range Planning - Sector Plans
Sector Plans provide a broad framework for future urban development and include the location and size of future neighbourhoods, employment areas, parks, and significant natural areas. City services are planned, new neighbourhood concept plans are developed, land use designations and rezoning applications are evaluated, and amendments to the City boundary are based on the framework provided by Sector Plans.
Saskatoon is divided into Sectors, with one Industrial Growth Area outside the Core. Each Sector has combined neighbourhoods creating quadrants of approximately 70,000 people. In order to manage growth efficiently, a Sector Plan study is completed to create the overlying vision for each Sector.
Sector Plans have three main purposes:
to enhance the City of Saskatoon's vision in the Official Community Plan to develop a Sector;
to establish a layout for the preparation of future Concept Plans to ensure growth proceeds in a balanced, compact, contiguous manner; and
to identify key land uses and servicing components that will need to be addressed in detail during the Concept Plan process.
Sector Plans provide a broad framework for future urban development and include the location and size of future neighbourhoods, employment areas, parks, and significant natural areas.
Sector Plans are preliminary planning studies and are future oriented. No specific timeframe for development is applied to Sector Plans.
University Sector Plan
University of Saskatchewan land holdings, known as the 'endowment lands', encompass nearly 1,000 acres of land in the heart of the city, situated along the South Saskatchewan riverbank and less than 5 kilometers from downtown Saskatoon. The University's Vision 2057 plan, completed in 2009, outlines land needs for future academic and research purposes, as well as identifies the endowment lands for potential development. The City's Official Community Plan, Plan for Growth and Strategic Plan all identify a long-term strategy to increase and encourage development in existing areas, commonly referred to as 'infill development'. The University endowment lands have been designated as a 'strategic infill opportunity', meaning they are high-priority areas for redevelopment and are amongst the most significant locations for Saskatoon's growth over the next 35 years.
Thoughtful, well-planned development of these lands will benefit and have a positive impact on the city, residents and overall University community. A mix of commercial, recreational and residential land uses are possible over the long-term. The City and the University are committed to working together on a Sector Plan to create a high-level, guiding framework for future land development that will serve the community at large. Through the Sector Planning process, and in consultation with residents and stakeholders, the City and the University will craft a shared vision and development principles for the lands that will support the goals of Vision 2057, the Official Community Plan and the Plan for Growth and help guide decisions on future infrastructure investments .
Riel Industrial Sector Plan
The Riel Industrial Sector Plan is Saskatoon’s newest Sector. The Riel Industrial Sector study area is north of 71st Street and Highway 16 North, east and south of Perimeter Highway, south of Highway 11 North, and east of the South Saskatchewan River. Its study area includes 19.8 square kilometers or 4,903 acres of land.
The overall objective of the Riel Industrial Sector vision is to facilitate economic development opportunities by expanding the City’s north employment area. The industrial area will generate employment opportunities, accommodate a wide range of industrial development, and provide goods and services not only for the City, but to the surrounding region. The Riel Industrial Sector will promote transportation options including walking, cycling and transit for employees, while still accommodating rail, the automobile, the airport, and trucking industries for the movement of goods and services. Developments in this Sector will be comprehensively designed while incorporating a conservation theme of preserving and integrating existing natural features. This will all be done with the City’s broader responsibility of providing opportunities for growth in an efficient, economical and sustainable manner in mind.
The Riel Industrial Sector Plan was approved by Saskatoon City Council on November 23rd, 2015 under the North Sector name. City Council approved the name change from North Sector to Riel Industrial Sector in February 2016.
University Heights Sector Plan
The University Heights Sector is located in the northeast area of Saskatoon. It is bounded by the University of Saskatchewan Kernen Farm to the east, by the South Saskatchewan River on the west, and by the Perimeter Highway on the northeast.
The University Heights Sector includes a mix of residential neighbourhoods, a suburban centre, an employment area, University lands, the Northeast Swale, as well as two currently neighbourhood's under development (Evergreen and Aspen Ridge), as well as one additional future residential neighbourhood, two district commercial sites, and an additional employment area.
The University Heights Sector Plan was approved by Saskatoon City Council on October 7th, 2013.
University Heights Sector Plan Report - A full colour report can be purchased from Planning and Development on the 3rd Floor of City Hall.
Holmwood Sector Plan
The Holmwood Sector study area includes the lands that make up the Holmwood Suburban Development Area plus additional lands east of the City limits (within the RM of Corman Park) adjacent to the Perimeter Highway alignment. The Holmwood Sector is located east of Rosewood, Briarwood, College Park East, Arbor Creek, Willowgrove, Evergreen, and the Canadian Pacific Railway's Right of Way; south of Agra (Fleury) Road; west and north of the Perimeter Highway.
The Holmwood Sector has land sufficient for five neighbourhood development areas, a suburban centre, business park, two regional commercial sites and a suburban centre commercial site. It is estimated 70,000 people could live in this Sector at full build-out. One neighbourhood, Brighton, is currently under development in the Holmwood Sector.
The Holmwood Sector Plan was approved by Saskatoon City Council on April 16, 2012.
Holmwood Sector Plan Report - A full colour report can be purchased from Planning and Development on the 3rd Floor of City Hall.
Attachment 1 - East Sector Feasibility Study, 2006
Attachment 2 - East Sector Natural Area Screening Study, 2011
Attachment 3 - Holmwood East Natural Area Screening Study, 2015
Blairmore Sector Plan
Initial work has begun on a project to amend the Balirmore Sector Plan. The amendment proposes that the Sector Plan boundaries be adjusted to align with the City boundary and add the southwest area to the Sector. The amendment will include a study of appropriate uses and management strategies for the future use of the natural areas within the Sector. The amendment will also include a review and potential updates to land uses within the Sector in alignment with the City's guiding policies and plans, respond to market changes and other factors, and ensure that land uses adjacent to existing neighbourhoods are compatible and buffered appropriately.
In January, 2005, the City of Saskatoon boundary was altered to include an additional 2,078 ha (5,134 ac) on the west edge of the city to accommodate the growth of the Blairmore Suburban Development Area. The Blairmore Suburban Development Area currently has land sufficient for eight neighbourhoods, a suburban centre, and a district commercial centre. The Blairmore Sector could have approximately 70,000 people within its boundaries at full build-out. The Blairmore Sector is located east of the Perimeter Highway alignment; north of the Canadian Pacific Railway rail line; west of Hampton Village, Dundonald, Confederation Park, Pacific Heights, and Parkridge neighbourhoods; and south of Beam Road (RM of Corman Park road).
The original Blairmore Sector Plan (formerly West Sector Plan) was approved by Saskatoon City Council on November 29, 2004. Since that time development potential of portions of the area have changed, as have some of the strategies for servicing the area; therefore, a Sector Plan amendment was approved on March 7, 2011.
Other projects in the Blairmore area include the Kensington neighbourhood. Kensington's Neighbourhood Concept Plan was approved by Saskatoon City Council on April 16, 2012.
Blairmore Sector Plan Report - A full colour report can be purchased from Planning and Development on the 3rd Floor of City Hall.