For a summary of the Blairmore Sector Plan Amendment project, you can watch this 13m:54s video presentation.
What are Sector Plans?
Saskatoon is divided into Sectors. Each Sector is made up of neighbourhoods, creating areas that accommodate 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 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.
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 is balanced, compact, and connected to established areas.
To identify key land uses and servicing that will need to be addressed in detail during the Concept Plan process.
Sector Plans are preliminary planning studies and are future oriented. No specific timeframe for development is applied to Sector Plans.
Why is the Blairmore Sector Plan being amended?
The Blairmore Sector Plan was first approved in 2011. The amendment being considered is meant to:
Address changes that have occurred in the area.
To better accommodate future development in the southern portion of Phase III of the current Blairmore Sector Plan (now identified as Phase II in the amendment).
To remove the northern area of the approved Blairmore Sector Plan from this Sector (see map below). Since the Blairmore Sector Plan's approval, the Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth (P4G)
District Official Community Plan (District OCP) was created. The District OCP will guide development adjacent to Saskatoon. Amending the Blairmore Sector Plan to remove this area provides the opportunity to align the Sector Plan boundary with the current city boundary and the P4G District OCP.
The Southwest Sector has been considered for development but is not currently included in a Sector Plan. Adding this area to the Blairmore Sector Plan (see map below) will help ensure it is integrated with adjacent neighbourhoods and development areas, including alignment with the Montgomery Place Local Area Plan.
Considerations with the Southwest Sector
Considerations related to the Southwest Sector area include: