R.M. of Corman Park Studies
Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth (P4G) Regional Plan
The P4G Regional Plan will look at the long term vision and strategy for rural and urban land use, servicing and development to grow the region to a population of 1 million people. The P4G includes Corman Park, Saskatoon, Warman, Martensville and Osler.
In May 2017, the P4G Regional Oversight Committee (ROC) endorsed the draft P4G Regional Plan; the draft documents are available to view or for download on the P4G project website.
As part of the proposed P4G Regional Plan a new Planning District is envisioned to be created, including membership from the R.M., Saskatoon, Warman, Martensville and Osler. This will include expanded Planning District boundaries as well as an expanded 13 voting member District Planning Commission.
In order to create the new P4G Planning District, a new P4G Official Community Plan (OCP), P4G Planning Agreement and P4G Zoning Bylaw must be drafted and given Ministerial approval by the Ministry of Government Relations (Community Planning). The current P4G Regional Plan will act as the new OCP therefore municipal and legal review of this document is currently being coordinated. Initial stages of drafting of the P4G District Planning Agreement and P4G Zoning Bylaw has begun; more information on the Zoning Bylaw project will be provided in the coming months.
Since this official approval of the new P4G District will upwards of 1 year, recommendations are currently being presented to all five municipal Councils to “endorse in principle” the draft P4G Regional Plan, Servicing Strategy and Governance & Implementation Strategy. The documents would then be filed with Community Planning so development proposals in the region can be evaluated on the draft policies, prior to the new P4G Planning District being officially created.
Once legal review and drafting of the other required documents is complete, the new P4G Planning District can be considered by all municipal Council’s for official approval by Bylaw; this is expected to take place in 2018. Additional public hearings, including the consideration for a joint public hearing between the five municipal Councils, will take place at that time. More details will be provided once available.
Should you have any questions regarding the P4G Regional Plan please contact the R.M. Planning Department.
Corman Park-Saskatoon Planning District Studies
Grasswood Mixed Use Node Market Impact StudyA Market Impact Study for the Highway No. 11 "Grasswood" corridor between the R.M. and City of Saskatoon in the Planning District is currently being completed. This area has a lot of pressure for development and is also an area with key English River and Cowessess First Nation land holdings.
The study will:
- identify the amount and type of development (i.e. commercial, residential, industrial) needed to meet projected growth while ensuring the Region’s existing developments aren’t compromised;
- identify a maximum square footage for commercial development in the Grasswood Mixed Use Node;
- identify a phasing strategy for development in the different segments; and
- identify future assessment requirements for proposed new development in the Grasswood Mixed Use Node.
Cushing Terrell Architecture (CTA) was hired in April 2015 to complete this study. The study is due to be completed in spring 2017.
Saskatoon Freeway Southeast General Location StudyThe Saskatoon Freeway (formerly Perimeter Highway) General Location Study is a study to review route options in the southern portion of Corman Park. The study had three different segments for review the west (Highway No. 7 to No. 14), southwest (Highway No, 7 across the river to Highway No. 11) and southeast (Highway No. 11 to south of Highway No. 5) portions.
The Ministry of Highways & Infrastructure (MHI) led the project with their consultant Associated Engineering. It was determined that a southwest connection was not needed and that portion of the project was removed. In May 2017, MHI released preferred options for the west and southeast portions. Please visit the MHI project website for more information.
West Connector Route Feasibility StudyThe West Connector Route was a study assessing the feasibility of different route options for traffic improvements on the west side of Saskatoon within Corman Park. The study was funded by the Ministry of Highways & Infrastructure, Corman Park and City of Saskatoon.
The purpose of the feasibility study was to determine what route options are available and the following considerations for each of the routes:
- constraints and challenges;
- estimation of high level costs;
- required improvements; and
- phasing/staging options
The Dalmeny Grid (Highway No. 684)/Neault Road was identified as the main corridor with three north options and three south options provided to link this corridor to main highway networks in the region:
- N1: Dalmeny Access
- N2: Saskatoon Freeway
- N3: Beam Road
- S1: 22nd Street
- S2: 11th Street
- S3: Hodgson Road (Twp. Rd. 362)/Valley Road
An open house was held on December 2, 2015 to obtain the public’s feedback on the feasibility of the proposed route options. Approximately 150 people attended the open house. Stakeholder meetings were held on April 6, 2016 to gain feedback from utility companies and transportation, trucking and business associations.
The final report can be downloaded HERE.
High level cost estimates for the routes range from $5 to $16 million not including any interchanges that may be required.
Based strictly on traffic model data, there are no indications that any of the proposed routes attract significant traffic away from other roadways and there was no clear route which appeared to be superior to others given the traffic model data. It was recommended that further traffic modelling be completed particularly related to origin-destination studies on traffic in the area.
However, the feedback received from the public and stakeholder engagement supported the need for a West Connector Route, although the preferences for the alignment varied. It was also noted by the stakeholders that current restrictions on over-weight and over-dimensional loads restrict movements around the City; it is recommended that further analysis be completed for these routes.
If a potential West Connector Route is to be explored further, a functional planning study and additional public consultation would be required.