Planning, Development & Community Services Decisions in Brief
From the January 30, 2017 Meeting
*The Committee approved the recommendations as submitted by the Administration. The Committee also asked the Administration to report back on how to incorporate further energy efficiency considerations into incentive housing applications and attainable housing projects.
*At its November 30, 2016 meeting, City Council set the 2017 target for the 2013 – 2022 Housing Business Plan at 400 units across the attainable housing continuum, of which 30 units are targeted to be affordable rental units. At the same meeting, City Council allocated funding of $390,000 in support of these 30 affordable rental units.
*The recommendations are: That funding of 10% of the total capital cost towards the development of 23 affordable rental units at 1106 Avenue W North by Sasknative Rentals, to a maximum of $276,000; be approved, subject to approval of this project under the Provincial Rental Development Program; and that the City Solicitor prepare necessary incentive agreements.
*The Committee is recommending to City Council that the City enter into a five-year service contract, beginning May 1, 2017, with the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) to implement Saskatoon’s Homelessness Action Plan, with the maximum amount of annual funding for this service contract being $130,000.
*At its March 21, 2011 meeting, City Council approved a service agreement with SHIP for a five-year term. Annual funding of $100,000 from the Affordable Housing Reserve has been provided to SHIP. In return, SHIP has helped support the goal of facilitating the creation of at least 100 affordable housing units every year in Saskatoon.
*Homelessness is growing in Saskatoon, and a coordinated response is needed.
*A community-initiated Homelessness Action Plan has been created.
*A broad-based community steering committee has chosen SHIP to implement Saskatoon’s Homelessness Action Plan.
*A new service contract is proposed to support the cost of implementing the Action Plan.
*The Committee received the report and communications as information and has referred the matter to City Council for consideration at its February 27, 2017 meeting.
*The Home Ice Campaign Committee and the University of Saskatchewan submitted a proposal requesting the City consider significantly increase financial support for the twin ice surface, multi-sport facility.
*To date, the City has committed $1M towards the new twin ice pad arena, which recently expanded to include additional spectator seating capacity and a double gymnasium. The Home Ice Campaign Committee has submitted a proposal requesting an additional City contribution of up to $3M.
*The Committee is forwarding the update report to City Council for information.
*Once redevelopment plans and possible future uses are identified for the area, a more generalized Concept Plan will be created, while still reflecting the community values and vision for the area, as outlined in the 2010 Concept Plan.
*There are considerable site preparation efforts associated with the South Caswell Redevelopment Project. Phasing of redevelopment will be strategic, based on the results of the detailed Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and required infrastructure improvements.
*A Safe and Secure Plan has been established and will be implemented after Saskatoon Transit completely relocates to the new Civic Operations Centre.
*A short-term use strategy is being explored to determine whether the former Saskatoon Transit buildings may be used by City Administration. It is yet to be determined whether interim uses can be accommodated while site preparation activities are underway.