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Planning, Development & Community Services Decisions in Brief

For immediate release: April 10, 2017 - 2:11pm
MR17-125

From the March 6, 2017 Meeting

7.2.6 Process for Privately Sponsored refugees Qualifying for Leisure Access Program and Discounted Bus Pass Program  

Decision

*The report was forwarded to City Council for information.

Background

*In response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the City implemented a process to include privately sponsored refugees in the Leisure Access Program and the Discounted Bus Pass Program.

7.2.7 City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Census Metro Area Population Projection 2015-2035

Decision

*The report was forwarded to City Council for information.

Background

*Saskatoon is projected to reach a population of 312,772 by 2025, and 380,650 by 2035, assuming a Medium Growth Scenario annual growth rate of 2.0%. This growth rate is similar to what Saskatoon experienced over the 2006 to 2015 period.
*The projected population growth in the Medium Growth Scenario will require the equivalent of six neighbourhoods and 24,000 dwelling units by 2025. An additional six neighbourhoods and 26,000 dwelling units may be required by 2035.
*The Saskatoon CMA could reach a population of 366,155 by 2025, and 448,985 by the year 2035, assuming Saskatoon grows at the Medium Growth Scenario annual rate of 2.0% and surrounding municipalities grow at an annual rate of 3.0%.
*In the Medium Growth Scenario, the population of the surrounding municipalities will grow from 41,703 in 2015, to 53,383 in 2025, and 68,335 in 2035, assuming an annual growth rate of 3.0%. This is equivalent to adding approximately three communities the size of Warman or Martensville by 2035.

7.2.8 Upgrades to Meewasin Trail – Children’s Discovery Museum to Riverworks Weir

Decision

*The Committee is recommending City Council endorse the proposed trail upgrades and that the City Solicitor add the proposed upgrades into Schedule C of the operating agreement between the City and Meewasin Valley Authority.

Background

*A Trail Study conducted by the Meewasin Valley Authority identified the section of the Meewasin Trail that connects the Children’s Discovery Museum to Riverworks Weir as the “highest priority” for improvement due to its substantial traffic volume.
*Meewasin is proposing to upgrade this section of the Trail. The upgrade consists of trail widening, accessibility enhancements, additional benches, garbage receptacles, and new lookouts.
*The proposed trail upgrades will result in an operating impact for the Parks and Facilities and Fleet Management Divisions, estimated to be $6,500 per year, plus winter maintenance, which will be tendered to contractors through the Public Works Division.

7.2.9 Growth Plan Implementation – Ten Year Action Plan and Engagement Approach

Decision

*The Committee recommended to City Council that the Ten-Year Action Plan and Growth Plan Engagement Handbook be approved to guide implementation of the Growth Plan to Half a Million.

Background

*The Ten-Year Action Plan outlines anticipated work to implement the “core” strategies of the Growth Plan to Half a Million and transition it from being a special project to part of the City’s operations.
*Priorities for implementation primarily involve projects connected with the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, including detailed planning and design for the Bus Rapid Transit system and creation of a Corridor Area Planning program.
*The approach to engagement and communication outlined in the Growth Plan Engagement Handbook will ensure that engagement and information sharing is embedded in the Growth Plan implementation process, and that communication and interaction with the community are meaningful, consistent, relevant, and effective.
*The Action Plan and Handbook are “living” documents that will be revised periodically as the project proceeds, with significant changes to either the work plan or approach to engagement being reported to City Council.