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Not necessarily. Permitted uses that have minimal regional and cross-boundary implications can be approved directly by the local municipality. Certain proposals that are next to designated future urban growth areas would be referred to the urban municipality for review.
Approval from all P4G municipalities would only be needed for proposed changes to the policies or maps in the P4G OCP, and for applications that have significant regional implications for services and infrastructure or other region-wide impacts.
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In 2014, the municipalities of Corman Park, Martensville, Osler, Saskatoon and Warman began to develop a long term regional vision and strategy for rural and urban land use, servicing and development to grow the region to a population of 1 million people. This partnership is called the Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth or P4G.
On January 1st, 2022, the P4G Planning Policy Area was established, therefore replacing the Saskatoon-Corman Park Policy Area, as well as encompassing parcels originally within the RM of Corman Park Planning District. Click here for information on the boundaries of the two current Planning Districts.
The latest projections show the Saskatoon region nearing a population of 500,000 in the next 20 years, and we anticipate the region could reach a population of 1 million in the next 60 years. To be ready for that kind of growth, the P4G partner municipalities have agreed to develop and adopt a long-term vision, land use and servicing plan with a regional focus. The P4G planning district will ensure there are balanced growth opportunities for all participating municipalities, while offering consistency and certainty for investors, businesses, and residents.
These areas are expected to be urban when the P4G municipalities have a combined population of 700,000; reaching this population is projected to take many decades. In these areas:
Some development will be allowed in the Green Network Study Area. Development must avoid affecting local and regional drainage, wetlands, and ecological areas. Further studies are underway to review and confirm the boundary of the Green Network. Please contact us if you would like more information about what the Green Network Study Area designation may mean for your property.
For more information on the Green Network Study Area, please click here.
No. The District Land Use map shows the long-term future use of the lands. In the meantime, development will continue to be supported that aligns with P4G OCP policies and allows for transition to the future land use. In some cases, the land use designations reflect current land uses.
Please contact us if you would like more information about what the land use designations may mean for your property.
No. The P4G partnership aims to ensure that each of the five partner municipalities can benefit from growth opportunities, increased efficiencies, and reduced costs by working together - but without the need for amalgamation.
Provincial law sets out the structure for planning districts. A P4G District Planning Commission (DPC) has been created to provide advice to the councils, with 13 members: two representatives from each P4G municipality and three members at large. The DPC is a recommending body only; decisions such as rezoning and development approvals would be made by Corman Park council. Policy decisions, such as changes to the policies or maps in the P4G OCP, would be made by the five P4G municipal councils.
If changes to the P4G OCP text or maps are proposed, the P4G DPC would review the changes submitted by a P4G municipality. The DPC would make a recommendation to the P4G municipalities, taking into account the vision and guiding principles included in the P4G OCP. The DPC would not have the ability to approve or deny applications for land use changes.
For more information on the District Planning Commission, please click here.