Our vision for the future is a vibrant, prosperous, and internationally-competitive region. We are known for a high quality of life; a thriving and diverse economy; healthy and connected ecosystems; and efficient infrastructure supporting sustainable growth and development.
The five municipalities of the Region – Osler, Martensville, Warman, Saskatoon, and the RM of Corman Park – provide a rich range of opportunities and lifestyle choices for residents and newcomers. The aesthetic beauty and ecological values of the South Saskatchewan River and prairie landscapes are key components to our quality of life. We work in partnership on issues of common interest through integrated, coordinated efforts that support our success while respecting the individual aspirations of all partners.
Developing and carrying out the Regional Plan is not simply the work of one organization. Achieving the vision for the future will be based upon ongoing collaboration and partnerships between the members of P4G, as well as the Province, First Nations, other organizations in the community, and the broader public. Integrated, coordinated approaches to managing regional opportunities and challenges will be adopted.
A primary aim is to increase efficiencies in the provision of regional infrastructure and services, both for current development and new growth. Regional initiatives will work to reduce costs as well as to increase the quality of services through coordination between partners, alignment of land use and infrastructure strategies, planning toward common goals and standards, and reduction of service overlaps.
A sustainable approach to planning will consider economic, social, and environmental implications in an integrated manner. Actions will support economic vitality and complete communities and ensure the needs of the present are met while preserving the welfare of future generations. Natural resources and environmental processes essential to the regional ecological health and productivity will be maintained and conserved.
The Regional Plan will work to provide a diverse, vibrant regional economy and a high quality of life that provides opportunities for all. Regional investments will be fairly and strategically distributed, recognizing the varying needs of municipalities. Planning will provide direction, consistency, and stability to attract and support strategic investment and economic development in the Region.
The Regional Plan is committed to ensuring that costs and benefits will be equitably distributed amongst the communities in the Region. Regional planning and cooperation will be transparent and consistent, and must work to build consensus-based solutions to incorporate the varying needs and perspectives of all stakeholders. All communities involved will have an equal voice and opportunity to be involved in the process.
Long-term success will depend upon the ability of the Region to evolve when faced with a changing environment. The Regional Plan must accommodate change through adaptive, flexible approaches and incorporate innovation and creativity to address unexpected events.
Regional coordination to develop world-class infrastructure, facilities, and services will be pursued, with the aim to realize cost-effectiveness and improvements in quality through shared systems. Regional planning for public investment will consider life-cycle costs and future development in decision-making, and ensure that costs and benefits are shared in a fair and equitable way through a consistent financial model. Systems of particular interest will include a regional transportation network; water and wastewater infrastructure; and stormwater and drainage. Future coordination on recreation facilities, emergency services, and other investment will also be considered.
Meeting the needs for future growth will be done through efficient and well organized development. Development will consider existing and planned infrastructure as well as life-cycle impacts. It will also meet the diverse needs and growth requirements for all communities as defined by consistent growth projections. Where possible, development shall be clustered in contiguous areas, corridors, and nodes. Interim uses may also be permitted where they will not impact future urban growth needs or development potential.
The economy of the Region must be flexible, diversified, and globally competitive. Efforts to support economic growth will consider the strengths of the Region as a whole. Planning will provide the direction and guidance to encourage coordinated development and investment that builds upon the joint strengths of the Region, as well as opportunities within individual jurisdictions.
Providing a high quality of life for all residents is critical to the future of the Region. The Plan will provide for diversity in lifestyles and recognize the unique character of individual communities. It will conserve and enhance the environmental, social, and economic resources that are key to well-being.
Regional action must be coordinated between all partners in a fair and equitable manner, with a focus on transparency and public accountability. Cost and benefits from joint actions must be shared equitably across the partners and the Region as well. Regional initiatives will respect the individual aspirations of the partners while providing responsive, consensus-based approaches for collaboration and governance.
The Plan will recognize sensitive ecological systems in the Region as important amenities and resources to be preserved for future generations. Key ecological areas will be conserved, enhanced, and connected to promote the health and sustainability of the regional landscape. Flooding and drainage issues will be linked with an understanding of natural systems and considered at local and regional levels, with a focus on reducing risks through integrated approaches.
Agricultural and natural resource industries are an important part of the history of the Region, and are recognized as key drivers of the regional economy and its future. Land uses will be managed to ensure a balance between needs for growth and the sustainability of these economic sectors. Lands will be identified for these uses, and economic development activities will be integrated with these sectors to promote spin-off industries and economic clusters.