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Decisions in Brief, Standing Policy Committee on Finance

For immediate release: September 6, 2017 - 3:48pm
MR17-189

September 5, 2017 Meeting
 

7.1.2 Request for Direct Sale of Former Railway Spurline

Decision

*The Committee approved the direct sale of former railway spurline land located west of Wentz Avenue between 47th and 48th Street, to several adjacent property owners and for the preparation and execution of the necessary agreements.

Background

*Development in the North Industrial area began in the 1950’s. In 1966, the City and Canadian National Railway Company (CNR) entered into an agreement for the provision of rail service throughout the North Industrial area. The area was subdivided with many 54’ wide corridors for CNR to construct and operate railway spur trackage, known as spurlines. Although CNR provided rail service via these spurlines, the City retained ownership of the land. Since demand for rail service has declined, many CNR rail service siding agreements have been cancelled resulting in several spurlines being abandoned and left vacant. At its meeting held on April 21, 2008, City Council approved the direct sale of an abandoned railway spurline between 48th and 50th Street in the North Industrial area.

7.1.6 Proposed Elk Point Neighbourhood

Decision

*The Committee will be forwarding the report to City Council with recommendations that the information be received and forwarded to the SPC on Planning, Development and Community Services for information, and that there be consideration of a review by the internal auditor of the approval process relating to this matter, and that the costs to audit this matter be provided prior to approval to proceed with such an audit as this would be an addition to the audit plan.

Background

*At its meeting on May 1, 2017, the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services received an information report on the Proposed Elk Point Neighbourhood Concept Plan. During the review of the plan, it was noted that significant development activity had occurred within the Elk Point boundary. The Committee resolved that the wetland section of the report be forwarded to the Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC) for their feedback before the report goes to City Council. In addition, further information has been requested from the Administration regarding improvements within the Elk Point development area.