To implement the Corridor land use designations in the Official Community Plan and in order to meet the vision laid out in the Corridor Transformation Plan, new zoning districts will need to be added to the Zoning Bylaw.
This part of the Corridor Planning Program is technical in nature and only intended to create the tools needed to implement the land use policies that have previously been consulted on, discussed, and approved (see Background tab). This will not affect any land use decisions that have already been made, and no properties will be rezoned as part of this stage.
Four zoning districts have been drafted through consultation with an industry focus group and collaboration with City of Saskatoon partners. These districts will serve as broadly-applicable base districts which can be modified through Corridor Plans. Consultation with the community during Corridor Plans will help determine modifications to these base districts that are needed for that particular Corridor Area. The districts will also be available for elective rezonings.
The four draft districts are listed below (see the Zoning Districts tab for more information).
The new corridor zoning districts will be the primary tool for achieving the development defined by the corridor land use designations. They will only permit development that meets this intention.
For now, four base zoning districts are being proposed – two under the Corridor Residential land use designation, one under the Corridor Mixed Use designation, and one under the Station Mixed Use designation.
The names and purpose statements of each draft zoning district are below. For more details, please see the linked visual summaries.
To provide for intensification opportunities and support infill development within the Corridor Growth Area in a range of ground-oriented, low-rise residential building forms and related community uses. The CR1 District is intended to accommodate a transition between one- and two-unit dwellings and multi-unit development. The CR1 District provides for density increases by allowing incremental intensification of neighbourhoods.
To provide for intensification opportunities and support infill development within the Corridor Growth Area in a range of ground-oriented residential building forms, limited neighbourhood commercial uses and related community uses. The CR2 District is intended to accommodate a transition between one- and two-unit dwellings as well and multi-unit and mixed-use development. The CR2 District provides for density increases by allowing for incremental intensification of neighbourhoods. The CR2 District is intended for development on corner sites, on sites adjacent to arterial or collector streets, or on sites adjacent to an existing commercial, institutional or mixed-use zoning district.
To facilitate approximately two- to four-storey residential and mixed-use development along major transportation corridors in the Corridor Growth Area. The CM1 District provides for a range of residential and mixed-use developments containing residential, commercial and institutional uses in mid-rise buildings that promote a compact, pedestrian-oriented form. The CM1 District encourages a variety of transportation options and buildings incorporating Transit-Oriented Development principles, including street-facing buildings with active frontages and ground-oriented uses.
To facilitate approximately three- to six-storey mixed-use development along major transportation corridors near key transit station locations in the Corridor Growth Area. The CS1 District provides for a range of mixed-use developments containing residential, commercial and institutional uses in mid-rise buildings that promote a compact, pedestrian-oriented form. The CS1 District encourages a variety of transportation options and buildings incorporating Transit-Oriented Development principles, including street-facing buildings with active frontages and ground-oriented uses.
During the development of Corridor Plans, including engagement with the community, area-specific modifications to the base zoning districts will be developed. These will most likely take the form of overlay districts, which will provide for the unique characteristics of each Corridor Plan Area (refer to map below).
The proposed base corridor zoning districts are not tied to any particular Corridor Plan Area.
In January 2020, City Council endorsed the Corridor Transformation Plan, which provides a transformative long-term vision for Saskatoon’s major corridors and high‑level direction for deliverables of the Corridor Planning Program. This plan includes objectives and descriptions of the Corridor Growth Area, based on the targets set out in the Growth Plan to Half a Million, proposed land use designations, and direction to prepare them for the Official Community Plan. The land use designations were approved by City Council in June of 2020, through the adoption of Bylaw No. 9700, The Official Community Plan Bylaw, 2020.
The Corridor Growth land use designations are: Station Mixed Use, Corridor Mixed Use, Corridor Residential and Corridor Main Street.
These land use designations set out the type of development that is envisioned for the future of the Corridor Growth Area. They can be applied to parcels of land in order to accommodate future development, but they do not strictly regulate the development that may or may not occur; this is the role of zoning districts. In order to regulate and allow for development that aligns with the intention of the land use designations, new zoning districts are also needed.