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Decisions in Brief, Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services

For immediate release: September 6, 2017 - 3:37pm
MR17-188

September 5, 2017 Meeting
 

7.2.1 Innovative Housing Incentives

Decision

*The Committee is forwarding a report to City Council in support of recommendations in the submitted report.

Background

*At its March 27, 2017 meeting, City Council allocated $370,000 within the Affordable Housing Reserve to be used for capital grants to support the creation of affordable rental units in 2018. At its August 14, 2017 meeting, the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services approved funding of $88,375 toward two affordable rental housing projects, leaving $281,625 available for further capital grants in 2018.

7.2.4 Downtown Development Incentives

Decision

*The Committee is forwarding a report to City Council to recommend that the proposed amendments to Vacant Lot and Adaptive Reuse Incentive Program Policy No. C09-035, as noted in the report, be approved, to be applied to the City Centre area.

Background

*At its May 29, 2017 meeting, the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services received an information report regarding a variety of measures to incentivize infill development. One of the items raised within that report was amendments to the Incentive Program to improve clarity for Downtown developments by providing a five-year tax abatement for all developments, without a vacancy requirement. The last amendments to the Incentive Program were completed in 2014, as a result of the City Centre Plan.

7.2.6 Fire Services Service Level

Decision

*The Committee is forwarding a report to City Council in support of the recommendations in the submitted report. The Committee is also recommending that the Administration provide a report specific to the Saskatoon Fire Department service level for response times for enforcement of the Property Maintenance and Nuisance Abatement Bylaw, in collaboration with the Community Services Department.

Background

*At the May 15, 2017, meeting of the Governance and Priorities Committee, the Administration committed to bring forward a series of service level documents on core services. Fire Services was identified as one of the core service lines to bring forward for consideration prior to the 2018 Business Plan and Budget deliberations. Moving to defined service levels supports Service Saskatoon by focusing on citizen centric service and clearly defining “what you can expect from us”.