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Decisions in Brief, SPC on Planning, Development and Community Services

For immediate release: December 29, 2017 - 4:02pm
MR17-236

From the December 4, 2017 Meeting

7.2.1 Neighbourhood Level Infill Development Strategy – Three-and-Four-Unit Dwellings per Corner Site

Decision

*The Committee received the report as information; and passed a recommendation that the Administration submit a report to the SPC on Planning, Development and Community Services in the first quarter of 2018 regarding the next steps for implementation of opportunities outlined in the Infill Roundtable Report (provided by the Saskatoon & Region Home Builder’s Association).

Background

*At its December 16, 2013 meeting, City Council endorsed the Strategy. The Strategy was completed to address growing concerns with residential infill development in established neighbourhoods. The Strategy outlined best practices, design guidelines, and regulations that provide design flexibility and minimize the impact of neighbourhood level infill development on neighbouring property owners. A report was considered by the Planning and Operations Committee on March 25, 2014, that identified four main items for implementation: garden and garage suites, development standards and design guidelines for primary dwellings, corner lot infill development, and site drainage requirements.

7.2.4 Licensing Rental Properties and Regulations of Nuisance Calls for Emergency Services

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council that the Administration be directed to explore a licensing program for rental property businesses which includes provisions to regulate nuisance calls for emergency services and report back including recommendations to City Council through the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services.

Background

*On May 24, 2016, City Council considered the 2015 Annual Report of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Advisory Committee, including a report authored by the Chief of Police entitled “Information Report on CFMH Best Practices and Nuisance properties – a review of programs in Canada” (the “Best Practices Report”). The City of Saskatoon currently has The Property Maintenance and Nuisance Abatement Bylaw, 2003 (the “Property Maintenance Bylaw”). The Property Maintenance Bylaw regulates nuisances; however, nuisance is defined as the condition of a property or a thing that affects the amenity of a neighbourhood. The Property Maintenance Bylaw does not regulate behavioural nuisance i.e. the regulation of repeated human activity which may affect the amenity of a neighbourhood or interfere with the enjoyment of another’s property. Also, the Property Maintenance Bylaw does not address nuisance calls for emergency services.

7.2.5 Residential Fire Pits/Revision of Open-Air Fire Bylaw

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council that the information be received; and that the Fire and Protective Services Bylaw be amended to limit open-air fires daily from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Background

*The Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services, at its meeting held on May 29, 2017, received a report from Administration regarding the above item and resolved:

“That the Administration report further on the matter, including:

           1. Limiting open air fires between certain hours and certain days of the week;

2. Permit process including costs to set up such a process and the cost of a permit;

3. What other jurisdictions in Canada regulate, including all of the matters identified in this request for further information;

4. Option for leaner versions to burn;

5. A phase out process;

6. Proper enforcement;

7. Outline out of the 192 complaints how many are repeats, how many are unresolved and how penalties might be structured for repeat offenders; and

8. Limitations on the duration of backyard fires.”

7.2.6 Progress Update – South Caswell Redevelopment Project – Former Saskatoon Transit Sites

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council that the information be received.

Background

*During its May 30, 2016 and January 30, 2017 meetings, the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services (Committee) received information reports that provided an update on the South Caswell Redevelopment Project, including:

a) the planning process and community engagement aspects;

b) costs associated with site preparation and potential revenue from land sales;

c) environmental conditions of the City-owned sites and the condition of existing buildings (former Saskatoon Transit facilities);

d) plans to undertake a detailed Phase II ESA and Risk Assessment of the City-owned sites to better understand the environmental contamination and risks;

e) security measures for vacant buildings and outdoor storage areas to avoid unwanted access and/or vandalism; and

f) short-term strategies being explored to determine whether the existing structures could be utilized as holding buildings for inactive equipment and vehicles, and whether City staff could utilize the office space.

The Administration indicated in the January 30, 2017 report, that a further report with an update on the redevelopment project would be forthcoming once the detailed Phase II ESA and Risk Assessment was completed.