February 26, 2012
by Canadian Architect
Saskatoon is enjoying an era of unprecedented growth and development, and with a diverse and vibrant economy, growing population, and highly rated quality of life, all indications suggest that this trend will continue. At the same time comes recognition of the need to adapt to address new challenges including sustainable growth, economical provision of services, and responsiveness to the diversity of our population.
Saskatoon’s City Centre, which includes the downtown core and adjacent areas, is also experiencing significant change. Major developments, such as River Landing, new office complexes, condominium construction and streetscape enhancements, are occurring in and around the downtown core. Employment centres are being planned for peripheral areas, and a south bridge crossing will be completed in 2012. New transit and library facilities are being considered for the downtown, and the community has expressed a desire for improved pedestrian and bike access in and around the downtown.
In addition, there are new expectations for city centres with recognition that a thriving city centre must serve a variety of roles, accommodating civic, commercial, residential, cultural, and social activities. These trends, studies and developments demonstrate the need for a comprehensive approach to planning for our City Centre, setting a framework that will guide growth and development over the next 20 years.
In January 2009, the City of Saskatoon initiated the City Centre Plan Project. The purpose of the four-year project is to develop a new comprehensive Plan for the downtown and adjacent areas situated along important corridors to the City Centre. The Plan is intended to create the vision for the City Centre, and ensure the downtown remains the heart of commercial, office, retail and high density residential uses in Saskatoon. The Plan will also serve as the foundation for a sustainable city as we plan for a population of 500,000. The City Centre is strong, but it must remain strong and maintain its importance into the future.
Due to the scale of the project, the City Centre Plan was separated into phases with very clear project deliverables for each phase. The Phases of the City Centre Plan are listed below. For more information on each phase of the City Centre Plan, please follow the links below.
Phase 1 – Public Spaces, Activity + Urban Form Strategic Framework (Final Report)
Phase 2 – Community Engagement (Final Report)
Phase 3 – City Centre Plan (Request for Proposals)
Phase 4 – Civic Plaza Area Master Plan
Phase 1 and 2 of the City Centre Plan have now been completed, and Phase 3 is underway. The purpose of Phase 3 is to develop a comprehensive plan detailing an integrated approach to achieving the desired vision for the City Centre as defined in Phase 1 and 2. The Plan will develop a plan for the City Centre, and will include recommended actions, direction on policy and legislation, and an implementation and monitoring program. Phase 3 will also update the Downtown Plan.
In February 2012, the Request for Proposals for Phase 3 of the City Centre Plan was released. All submissions must be received prior to 3:00pm (CST) on April 5th, 2012.
For more information, please visit www.saskatoon.ca/departments/community%20services/planningdevelopment/urbandesign/citycentreplan/Pages/CityCentrePlan.aspx.
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