Transportation

Coordination of transportation infrastructure in the Region is an essential component to accessibility and mobility. Although the province manages the development and maintenance of highways and related infrastructure, municipalities have an important role to play with coordinating local transportation improvements, including potential interjurisdictional projects. Additionally, other transportation systems, such as rail, airports, and transit should be considered as the Region grows and develops.

Objectives

25-1         Support accessibility, connectivity, and mobility in the regional transportation system

25-2         Integrate transportation planning with regional land use planning and development policies to provide more effective responses to future development and mobility needs

25-3         Support efforts by P4G members to improve local circulation and build fiscally sustainable transportation infrastructure

25-4         Coordinate regional transportation planning with the province to support efficient, integrated solutions to mobility requirements

25-5         Explore future opportunities to expand mobility options and improve accessibility in the P4G Region

Policies

Roadways

25.01       Regional Transportation Plan. A Regional Transportation Plan should be developed by P4G to coordinate regional actions for transportation systems. This plan should be supported by ongoing studies to define transportation systems, potential alternatives, and costing implications.

25.02       Future Roadway Planning. Roadways shall be established within the context of the Regional Transportation Plan, Concept Plans, and Comprehensive Development Reviews, as appropriate.

25.03       Roadway Access. Development shall meet all municipal and provincial regulations respecting access to and from provincial highways and municipal roads.

25.04       Minimize New Roadway Construction. To make the most efficient use of existing roadway facilities, municipalities will encourage residential, commercial, and industrial subdivisions and developments to locations adjacent to existing roads that have been designed and constructed to accommodate them.

25.05       Access Requirements for Developments. Residential, commercial, industrial, recreational, and regional infrastructure and institutional developments shall have year-round, legal, all weather physical access to a municipally maintained roadway.

25.06       Ensure Safe Access and Egress. Developments shall include safe access and egress from adjacent roadways without disruption of the roadway function. The type and number of access points provided onto municipal roadways may be limited through shared points of access along shared driveways or service roads where applicable.

25.07       Access to Uses Provided at Developer Expense. Where subdivision or development requires year-round, all weather access, the expansion or upgrade of the roadway to such a standard shall be provided at the developer’s expense.

25.08       Road Maintenance Agreements. Where a development is expected to result in the accelerated deterioration of municipal roadways, the municipality may require the applicant, as a condition of approval, to enter into a road maintenance agreement with the relevant municipality to recover the costs of maintaining all affected roadways.

25.09       Road Widening. Subdivisions shall include allocations as necessary for the expansion of roads to standards as prescribed by the municipality and, in the case of subdivision in future urban growth areas, the adjacent municipality.

Airports

25.10       Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport. Nothing in this plan shall interfere with the continued safe operation of the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport.

25.11       Land Use Near the Airport. Land use near the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport shall be of such type, height, and density as to be compatible with airport operations.

25.12       Assessment and Consultation Required for Development. Development applications for lands around the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport will require detailed study and impact assessments that comply with NAV CANADA standards, and consultation with the Saskatoon Airport Authority prior to designation for other uses.

25.13       Airport Expansion Areas. Areas adjacent to the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport that are identified as expansion lands will be preserved for expansion of airport facilities and associated development that will benefit from proximity to the airport and be compatible with airport operations. Planning will be coordinated with the Saskatoon Airport Authority.

25.14       Richter Field Aerodrome. Development in proximity to the Richter Field Aerodrome, located to the west of Martensville, should be of such type, height, and density as to be compatible with current Aerodrome operations.

25.15       New Airports. No new airports, aerodromes, or airstrips shall be located within 1.6 km (1 mile) of an urban municipality.

Railways

25.16       Setbacks from Railways and Rail Facilities. Development in proximity to rail yards or rail lines should be located to be consistent with the Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations prepared for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Railway Association of Canada.

Other Transportation Modes

25.17       Future Review of Regional Transit and Active Transportation. P4G shall regularly evaluate the need to incorporate coordinated policies for regional transit and active transportation modes in the Regional Plan.