City Council approves new Official Community Plan for Saskatoon
City Council yesterday approved at its Public Hearing a new Official Community Plan (OCP) for Saskatoon.
“The Official Community Plan is the collective long-term vision for Saskatoon that guides the physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural development of our community,” says Jeff Jorgenson, City Manager. “It provides both inspiration and direction to ensure the community’s vision for Saskatoon is integrated into all aspects of planning, decision-making and priority-setting for the City.”
The direction and goals outlined in the OCP are entrenched in law and recognized under the authority of the Planning and Development Act, 2007. The OCP works in conjunction with the City’s Strategic Plan and Multi-Year Business Plan and Budgeting process to create a strategic framework for how priorities are set and how the City achieves its goals.
The development of the new OCP was guided by the priorities of City Council, as established in the City’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021.
Lesley Anderson, the City’s Director of Planning and Development explains the new OCP consolidates and entrenches the direction provided in over fifty civic plans and policies that City Council has approved over the last several years including: the Growth Plan to Half a Million, Saskatoon Speaks – Community Vision, City Centre Plan, Culture Plan, Active Transportation Plan, Green Infrastructure Strategy, Recreation and Parks Master Plan and the Heritage Plan.
“The Official Community Plan acts as a connection point for the work of all City staff and this latest revision brings it up to date with the current direction of the City, reflecting where we are right now, what our vision is for the future, and how we will achieve that vision,” Anderson says.
As per the requirements laid out in the Planning and Development Act, 2007, the new OCP bylaw will be submitted to the Ministry of Government Relations for their review and approval.
For more information and to view a copy of the new OCP, visit saskatoon.ca/ocp.