The Zoning Bylaw is a regulatory document that facilitates implementation of the City of Saskatoon's Official Community Plan. All land in the City of Saskatoon is assigned a zoning district and subject to development standards associated with the zoning district. Parking, permitted uses, and setbacks are included in these regulations.
Update on Proposed Amendment 1 - Zoning Bylaw - January 2020
The first round of amendments for the Zoning Bylaw Review Project are nearing completion and we are looking for your feedback. Please review the list of amendments below and contact us or comment below with any questions or concerns you may have.
Please note: There may be additional changes to the proposed topics as the Project continues.
Section 2 - Definitions
o Update definition of Building Permit and ensure alignment between the Zoning Bylaw No.8770 and The Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act.
Section 3 – Interpretation of Districts and Maps
o Correct and update the list of zoning districts by including the B4MX District.
o Allow the Development Officer to issue the necessary development permits for expansions to agricultural research stations without a discretionary use approval by Council.
Section 4 – General Administration
o Provide clarification that in certain zoning districts pergolas are exempt from requiring a Development Permit.
o Provide clarification that any costs associated with on-site signage are in addition to the zoning bylaw amendment application fee.
Section 5 – General Provisions
o Clarification of language in Section 5.1 - Development Subject to Airport Zoning Regulations.
o Ensure that a connection between an accessory building and a principal building is a structural connection.
o Where a dwelling has a secondary suite, direct access to the mechanical room shall be provided from the principal dwelling.
o Backup generators located outside in any commercial, industrial or institutional zoning district must be concealed from the public’s view.
Section 6 – Parking and Loading
o Provide clarification to reflect the current practice of applying the same parking standards for dwelling groups and multiple-unit dwellings in the general parking standards.
o Provide flexibility by reducing required visitor parking for residential development types which typically provide for visitor parking on private driveways of individual dwelling units, within a dwelling group.
o Remove inconsistency in the reduced parking rate for smaller dwelling units in M, B districts.
o Correct a typographical error in the parking rate for the B5B District.
o Ensure minimum parking standards exist for all other permitted and discretionary uses in the AG and FUD Districts.
Section 7 – Landscaping Provisions
o Include mixed-use areas in addition to commercial, industrial and institutional areas to provide for flexible site design.
Section 8 – Residential Districts
o Clarify that the minimum site dimensions apply to each site for development of one-unit dwellings, two-unit dwellings and semi-detached dwellings in the Montgomery Place Neighbourhood.
o Allow for additions to mobile homes in the RMHC District.
Section 10 – Commercial Districts
o Allow for accessory buildings and uses in the B1B zoning district and to provide for consistency with other commercial districts.
o Clarify that landscaping is required where vehicles are not parked in a front yard in B1B District.
Section 11 – Industrial Districts
o The establishment of a trade or vocational school with a gross floor area of 1000m2 or greater requires discretionary use approval by Council. (IH District).
o Include private schools as a discretionary use in the IH District. Currently this is a permitted use, however, in order to ensure the use is appropriate, this would be required to follow a Standard Discretionary Use Application and obtain approval by Council.
o Include business school as a separate discretionary use in the IH District (currently identified as trade, business and vocational schools) – This will make the distinction that a business school may function differently as a land use than a trade or vocational school.
Section 12 – Specialized Districts
o Provide flexibility by allowing up to a 25% expansion of an existing agricultural research station where the Development Officer may issue a development permit without requiring discretionary use approval from Council (AG and FUD Districts). Amendment under Section 3 is related to this new provision.