Plans, Bylaws, and Documents

Introduction

Creating the framework for the P4G Region under the Planning and Development Act, 2007 (the Act) will require certain plans and documents to be completed and implemented, including:

  • P4G Strategic Business Plan
  • P4G Planning District Agreement
  • P4G Regional Plan
  • P4G Zoning Bylaw
  • Concept Plans
  • Regional Servicing Plans

 

P4G Strategic Business Plan

To ensure that short-term goals of P4G are prioritized during business cycles, a detailed workplan should be created for the Region over a two-year period as guidance to all P4G program areas. The P4G Strategic Business Plan should provide:

  • An overview of regional activities coordinated by the P4G and its members
  • Initiatives that are ongoing or are to be undertaken by P4G during the planning period
  • Project tables that include an overview of the goals, deliverables, expected outcomes, and high-level timelines for work to be undertaken during the P4G Strategic Business Plan period
  • Budget summaries for projects and programs coordinated and supported by P4G

 

P4G Planning District Agreement

Under the Act, a Planning District Agreement will need to be created by the P4G members and approved by the province so that P4G is instituted as a recognized entity. This should be based on the current planning district agreement created for the Corman Park–Saskatoon Planning District, as well as the requirements for a “district planning agreement” under the Act. Considering these elements, the following content should be included in the Agreement:

  • The boundaries of the final Plan area;
  • Details regarding the P4G Planning Commission, including composition of the Commission, tenure, remuneration, alternate members, powers, and responsibilities;
  • Details regarding the formation, membership, roles, and responsibilities of the Regional Oversight Committee (ROC), Planning and Administrative Committee (PAC) and other Committees, as necessary;
  • Requirements for a P4G Regional Plan and Zoning Bylaw;
  • A description of the P4G dispute resolution process;
  • Processes for amending the Plan and/or Agreement; and
  • Processes for incorporating new members and termination of participation by a municipality.

 

For the Agreement to come into force, it must be approved by the Minister of Government Relations (Section 98), who may issue an order to establish the P4G Region as a planning district (Section 99). This Agreement would replace both the existing Corman Park-Saskatoon Planning District Agreement and the P4G Terms of Reference.

Regional Plan

The Regional Plan shall fulfill the role of a “district plan” required under the Act. After the Plan has been approved in principle by the ROC, additional tasks will need to be completed to bring it into force:

  • Municipalities will need to provide for individual reviews of the Plan as a bylaw, which would include a legal review and any necessary public engagement.
  • If changes are required after municipal reviews are conducted, ROC shall review and approve a reconciled list of changes to the Plan, and submit a revised version to all Councils for approval.
  • The final Plan must be approved by the Councils of all P4G members and the Minister to be enacted.

 

P4G Zoning Bylaw

Under the Act, municipalities must pass a zoning bylaw consistent with the Plan for the portion of the municipality included in the Plan area. Currently, there is a District Zoning Bylaw specifically for the jointly managed area of the RM, within the existing Corman Park-Saskatoon Planning District. This Zoning Bylaw is maintained by the RM. The existing District Zoning Bylaw would be repealed and replaced by a new P4G Zoning Bylaw that would apply to the Plan area. This Zoning Bylaw also must reflect the intent and policies of the P4G Regional Plan, and should adapt and transition as many of the policies and districts as possible to maintain continuity in land use and development regulation.  The RM will continue to maintain their separate RM Zoning Bylaw which would continue to apply to the balance of the RM outside the area of the Plan.

Concept Plans

Refinement of the land use areas as defined on the Regional Land Use Map will be expected to occur at a broader scale with the development of Concept Plans. These area-specific documents, as defined under the Act and policies of the Regional Plan, will be expected to provide:

  • proposed land uses;
  • servicing strategies and proposed alignment and locations for infrastructure and facilities;
  • transportation systems;
  • natural and heritage resources;
  • development densities; and
  • sequencing of development.

 

Other detailed planning, such as Comprehensive Development Reviews, may also be used to refine land use areas at a smaller scale.

Regional Servicing Plans

Based on the guidance provided by the Regional Servicing Strategy, P4G regional servicing plans are recommended to be developed to coordinate regional actions for key infrastructure systems. These plans should be supported by ongoing studies to define the components of these systems, potential alternatives, and costing implications.

The initial set of infrastructure plans recommended to be developed by P4G include:

  • Regional Transportation Plan
  • Regional Wastewater Servicing Plan
  • Regional Potable Water Servicing Plan

 

Additionally, planning for regional stormwater infrastructure should be developed in partnership with the Opimihaw Creek Watershed Association (OCWA). This may involve cooperation on funding applications and initiatives to support the development of regional stormwater infrastructure.