Decisions in Brief Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development, and Community Services
From the October 30, 2017 Meeting
6.2.1 Application for Municipal Heritage
Property Designation – Mendel Building and Civic Conservatory
*The Committee will recommend to City Council the preparation of a bylaw by the City Solicitor to designate the property at 950 Spadina Crescent as a Municipal Heritage Property under the provision of The Heritage Property Act, with such designation limited to the exterior of the building and the interior lobby. The committee is also supporting a recommendation for the allocation of $2,500 from the Heritage Reserve Fund for the supply and installation of a recognition plaque for the property.
*The property has been identified on the Saskatoon Register of Historic Places as a significant heritage resource. The heritage value of the Mendel Building and Civic Conservatory resides in its architecture, cultural importance, and historic association with Fred S. Mendel.
7.1.4 Property Maintenance and Nuisance Abatement Bylaw
*The Committee received the report as information.
*City Council at its meeting held on September 25, 2017, considered a report from the Fire Chief on Fire Service Levels and requested that the Administration provide a report specific to the present Saskatoon Fire Department service level for response times for enforcement of The Property Maintenance and Nuisance Abatement Bylaw. The purpose of the bylaw is to create a safe and comfortable environment for the residents of Saskatoon, address hazards, concerns for health and safety and ensure the amenity of the neighborhood is being maintained.
7.2.5 Meewasin Funding Support – Downtown Rink and Other Options
*The Committee will recommend to City Council for consideration at the time of the 2018 Business Plan and Budget Review meeting that an annual contribution to the MVA be increased by $45,000 and be dedicated specifically for operation of the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @ PotashCorp Plaza. The Committee has asked for additional reporting that compares the options of mill rate funding and redeployment of grant funding from community support, as well as the cost to the City if it operated the skating rink.
*In late 2016, Meewasin sent a formal letter to the City, requesting additional funding from the City to supplement the operational costs of the skating rink, and also providing additional background information regarding the skating rink. It was noted that ongoing operational costs for the skating rink and portable shelter are funded by Meewasin, with the exception of a small offset provided by Tim Hortons. Further, that the City provides maintenance for the permanent facilities, storage inside the permanent washroom facility, hot water for flooding the ice, and electricity for the warm-up facility. Meewasin has been successful in securing a donation from Tim Horton’s in the amount of $20,000 per year, ending in 2019, as well as average annual donations from the general public of approximately $2,300. See report.
7.2.6 Home Ice Campaign and University of Saskatchewan – Terms of the Contribution Agreement for Additional Funding
*The Committee will recommend to City Council support for the proposed terms of the amending agreement to the existing Contribution agreement, related to the additional $3.0 million capital contribution to Merlis Belsher Place on University of Saskatchewan property as outlined in the report of the General Manager, Community Services dated October 30, 2017.
*At its April 25, 2016 meeting, City Council resolved: “That the Administration be authorized to negotiate a contribution agreement wherein the City of Saskatoon would provide a $1.0 million capital contribution to a twin pad ice facility on the University of Saskatchewan property, based on the contribution agreement recognizing ongoing community access to the facility.”
At its July 21, 2016 meeting, City Council approved the key terms of the Contribution Agreement with the University.
The Contribution Agreement was deliberate in not identifying a specific number of hours for community use. In exchange for the $1.0 million contribution, the University would provide: a) access by community ice user groups to rent the arena to support the growing program needs; b) access by community ice user groups to rent space for tournaments and special events; c) opportunities for drop-in public skating to address the community’s expressed need for more leisure ice time; d) opportunities for ice-related programs that support basic skill development in a variety of ice sports (i.e. learn to programs); e) opportunities for dryland sports, such as indoor lacrosse and ball hockey, in the off seasons; and f) community-based rental activities throughout the year.
During its January 30, 2017 meeting, the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services (Committee) considered a report of the General Manager, Community Services Department, on the proposed request for $3.0 million additional funding and further information from the Home Ice Campaign Committee. The matter was forwarded to City Council for further consideration.
At its February 27, 2017 meeting, City Council resolved:
- That the Administration be directed to negotiate a contribution agreement with the University of Saskatchewan for an additional $3 Million for the construction of a twin ice facility, to ensure: a) long-term access for the community; b) access to the new gymnasium facility; c) longer-term acknowledgement of the City’s contribution; d) maximum benefit to the community;
- That the Administration report on options for funding the $3 Million, with a phased-in approach over six (6) years;
- That the information be received; and
- That further information from the U of S/Home Ice Campaign/Nustadia regarding any additional unscheduled hours in the facility as a whole, that could be used for public access as part Home Ice Campaign and University of Saskatchewan – Terms of the Contribution Agreement for Additional Funding of an expanded partnership agreement with the City of Saskatoon be provided to the appropriate committee as soon as possible.
7.2.7 Proposed Amendment to Animal Control Bylaw – Northeast Swale – Ecological Core
*The Committee supported the recommendations of the Administration and will be recommending to City Council that the proposed amendment to Animal Control Bylaw No. 7860 to prohibit domestic animals from the Ecological Core of the Northeast Swale be approved.
*The Northeast Swale (Swale) is a diverse network of rare native prairie and wetlands approximately 26 kilometres long and covering 2,800 hectares. Three hundred hectares of this area fall within city limits and are bordered by the neighbourhoods of Aspen Ridge, Evergreen, Silverspring, and University Heights. The Master Plan was developed by the Meewasin Valley Authority (Meewasin) in collaboration with the City to support conservation, education, and passive recreation while integrating this rare and natural area into the growing urban form. As noted within the Master Plan, dogs are detrimental to the land use and are not recommended within the Ecological Core of the Swale.
7.2.9 Building Better Parks: An Asset Management Plan for Parks
*The Committee will be forwarding the report to City Council for information. They also supported the recommendation from the Administration that the Administration provide an update on the Corporate Asset Management Plan, including the previously presented asset areas, along with the associated funding gap, to the November 14, 2017 Governance and Priorities Committee meeting.
*At Preliminary Business Plan and Budget Deliberations on November 30, 2016, City Council received a Corporate Asset Management Strategy which included a report on park asset condition and funding gaps entitled Building Better Parks: An Asset Management Plan for Parks. City Council resolved that the 2017 allocation of the Corporate Asset Management Plan be approved and that the Administration report regarding a Parks borrowing option under the Corporate Asset Management Strategy.
7.2.10 Recreation and Parks Master Plan – Facilities Game Plan Capital Priorities – Proposed Plan for Funding Strategy Including Partnership Reserve
*The Committee supported the recommendations of the Administration in the October 30, 2017 report of the General Manager, Community Services and will be reporting to City Council in support of the 4 recommendations noted in the report.
*Development of the 2015 Recreation and Parks Master Plan included identification of current demands and gaps in the provision of indoor and outdoor recreation and parks facilities and amenities. Since the Master Plan’s initial capital priority list was produced in 2015, the Administration has continued to refine the list of recreation and parks infrastructure priorities based on additional research and data. This has culminated in completion of the Game Plan. At the September 20, 2017 special meeting of the Governance and Priorities Committee, the Game Plan was put forward along with presentations from a number of community-based organizations requesting to partner with the City on the design and construction of indoor and outdoor recreation and parks amenities. At the September 20, 2017 special meeting of the Committee, the Committee resolved, in part: “3. That Administration be directed to prepare a report with funding options, and to be considered at the time of the 2018 Business Plan and Budget Review.”