Rural Commercial

Lands within the Rural Commercial category are suitable for convenience commercial uses and other commercial activities to meet the needs of the RM. These lands have rural servicing, and are not expected to be required for urban growth as the Region grows to 1 million residents. The category is represented on the Regional Land Use Map attached to this Plan as Exhibit 2 as Rural Commercial/Industrial, and commercial areas will be designated through more detailed planning.

Objectives

10-1         Promote economic development by designating suitable areas for rural commercial development

10-2         Encourage rural commercial developments to cluster so they provide for the efficient development of rural infrastructure and community services.

10-3         Provide for the convenience and commercial service needs of the suburban population

Policies

10.01       Delineation of Rural Commercial and Rural Industrial Areas on the Regional Land Use Map.The lands designated as Rural Commercial/Industrial on the Regional Land Use Map attached to this Plan as Exhibit 2 should be delineated into Rural Industrial areas and Rural Commercial areas through more detailed planning.

10.02       Designation of Rural Commercial Areas. Rural Commercial development shall be sited in areas designated as Rural Commercial/Industrial on the Regional Land Use Map attached to this Plan as Exhibit 2, and in areas that have been identified as suitable for Rural Commercial development through the detailed planning referenced in Policy 10.01.

10.03       Designation of Rural Commercial Land Use Classifications. Concept Plans and other detailed planning developed for Rural Commercial areas shall be required to differentiate areas between two types of commercial land use areas:

a.   Arterial Commercial Districts, which include:

1.   medium- and large-scale commercial activities where location adjacent to and exposure from major highways is essential;

2.   commercial activities providing goods and services not customarily associated with urban commercial developments to the travelling public; and

3.   highway frontage uses for existing or planned industrial parks.

b.   Rural Convenience Commercial, which includes:

1.   small-scale convenience commercial activities where location near a rural residential population is essential; and

2.   activities intended to provide for the basic convenience needs of a local rural population to minimize automobile dependence.

10.04       Location Criteria. Rural Commercial developments should be directed to locations where:

a.   existing roads and infrastructure are sufficient to support the development;

b.   nodal development is planned where key intersections of provincial highways, municipal roadways, and the Saskatoon Freeway can support access;

c.   impacts to existing roadways and additional costs of maintenance are minimized; and

d.   any other costs to the RM associated with the development are minimized.

10.05       Integration of Rural Convenience Commercial with Residential Development. Rural Convenience Commercial development may be located adjacent to Country Residential development where it minimizes land use conflict and complements existing communities subject to:

a.   submission of a Comprehensive Development Review; and

b.   rezoning the parcel to an appropriate zoning district.

10.06       Urban Servicing in Rural Commercial Areas. Uses requiring urban servicing in Rural Commercial areas shall require servicing agreements with the relevant urban municipality.

10.07       Agricultural Subdivisions in Rural Commercial Areas. Lands designated as “Rural Commercial” on the Regional Land Use Map attached to this Plan as Exhibit 2 may be subdivided to permit:

a.   the establishment of up to two (2) discretionary uses per quarter section (64.8 hectares, or 160 acres) or one (1) discretionary use per 32.4 hectare (80 acre) parcel, subject to Council approval;

b.   the establishment of up to two (2) agricultural residential building sites per quarter section (64.8 hectares, or 160 acres) or one (1) agricultural residential building site per 32.4 hectare (80 acre) parcel, subject to rezoning to an appropriate district; or

c.   a combination thereof to a maximum of two (2) building sites per quarter section (64.8 hectares, or 160 acres) or one (1) building site per 32.4 hectare (80 acre) parcel.