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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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 The existing District Zoning Bylaw would be repealed and replaced by a new P4G Zoning Bylaw that would apply to the Plan area.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.
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:
Other detailed planning, such as Comprehensive Development Reviews, may also be used to refine land use areas at a smaller scale.
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:
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.