Although the Regional Plan provides a direction forward for the P4G to coordinate regional growth, the Region will also need to provide additional plans, policies, and processes to guide future development and cooperation. These steps towards implementing an overall framework for managing the Region shall be enabled by this section, and will be the focus of future work by P4G and municipalities.


30-1         Ensure that the intent of the policies and objectives of the Regional Plan are adhered to in the decision-making process.

30-2         Provide opportunities for stakeholders and rightsholders to be engaged in regional decision-making.

30-3         Ensure that the Regional Plan is updated as necessary to adapt to changes in regional needs and contexts.


Conformity of Planning

30.01       Compliance with Requirements. Land use, development, and other regional concerns managed under this Plan shall comply with all relevant municipal, provincial, and federal regulations and statutes. If the requirements of this Plan conflict with municipal, provincial, or federal requirements, the higher or more stringent standard prevails.

P4G Zoning Bylaw

30.02       Implementation of Regional Plan Policies in the P4G Zoning Bylaw. The Act requires the adoption of a P4G Zoning Bylaw in conjunction with the Regional Plan. The P4G Zoning Bylaw will be used to achieve the objectives and implement the policies of this Regional Plan by prescribing the uses of land and the buildings or other improvements that will be allowed in the different zoning districts established in the Region. In addition, the P4G Zoning Bylaw regulates how these uses may be carried out and the standards that developments must meet.

30.03       Objectives of the P4G Zoning Bylaw. The objectives of the P4G Zoning Bylaw are to ensure that:

a.   land-use conflicts are avoided;

b.   future development will meet minimum standards to maintain the amenity of the Region;

c.   that development will be consistent with the physical characteristics of the land and of reasonable engineering solutions;

d.   that development does not place undue demand on any municipality for services; and

e.   that future land use and development are consistent with the goals and objectives of P4G and its municipalities.

30.04       Consistent with the Regional Plan. The P4G Zoning Bylaw must be consistent with the policies and the intent of this Regional Plan. In considering a P4G Zoning Bylaw or an amendment to the P4G Zoning Bylaw, the RM Council shall refer to the policies contained in the Regional Plan to ensure that development objectives are addressed.

30.05       Contract Zoning. Any request to rezone land under the P4G Zoning Bylaw to permit the carrying out of a specified proposal may be made the subject of an agreement pursuant to the contract zoning provisions of the Act.

30.06       Holding Provision. A holding provision may be applied on a property to restrict the timing and conditions of development in any zoning district under the P4G Zoning Bylaw subject to the provisions of the Act.

30.07       Direct Control Districts. Where it is considered desirable to exercise particular control over the use and development of land and buildings within a specific area, a municipality may, in the Regional Plan and P4G Zoning Bylaw, designate an area as a Direct Control District.

30.08       Architectural Control Districts. Where it is considered desirable to preserve the physical character of an area or to promote a selected design theme for an area, a municipality may designate the area as an Architectural Control District in the P4G Zoning Bylaw, using the symbol “AC” in conjunction with any zoning district.

Concept Plans

30.09       Purpose of a Concept Plan. A Concept Plan may be adopted for the purpose of providing a framework for subsequent subdivision and development of a portion of the Region that exhibits common future development opportunities and challenges.

30.10       Preparation of a Concept Plan. A Concept Plan may be:

a.   prepared by a municipality or municipalities in response to a need for more detailed planning for a specific area of the Region as described herein; or

b.   required by a municipality to be undertaken by a developer.

30.11       Concept Plans Required for Intended Development. Concept Plans shall be required prior to development approval for intended development in future urban growth areas, and elsewhere as required under this Plan.

30.12       Components of a Concept Plan. In addition to any other requirements of this Plan, Concept Plans shall identify:

a.   proposed land uses;

b.   servicing strategies and proposed alignment and locations for infrastructure and facilities;

c.   transportation systems;

d.   natural and heritage resources;

e.   development densities;

f.    sequencing of development.

30.13       Cost-Benefit Considerations for a Concept Plan. Concept Plans shall consider the costs and benefits of subdivision and development on present and future social, economic, and environmental considerations in the area and Region.

30.14       Consistent with Regional Plan. Concept Plans shall be consistent with this Plan and other adopted Concept Plans.

Comprehensive Development Review

30.15       Comprehensive Development Review Required. For the following purposes, a Comprehensive Development Review shall be completed by any person proposing to rezone or subdivide land in the RM for:

a.   industrial development;

b.   the establishment of more than one agriculturally-related commercial or industrial activity on a quarter section within an agricultural zoning district;

c.   Country Residential development, unless a Concept Plan is otherwise required for the proposal under the policies of this Plan;

d.   recreational development;

e.   commercial development; or

f.    regional waste management industries;

prior to consideration of an application by the RM.

30.16       Standards for the Comprehensive Development Review. Comprehensive Development Reviews shall be undertaken according to standards provided in this Plan and the P4G Zoning Bylaw and shall address all matters of land use integration, potential conflict mitigation and the provision of services to the development.

30.17       Scope of Investigation. The geographic area and the extent of analysis considered within the review shall be determined by the complexity and the potential offsite effects of the development application, but at a minimum shall encompass all adjacent properties including all properties contained within existing adjacent multi-parcel subdivisions.

30.18       Consultation with Public Utilities. The applicant shall consult with public utility companies and provide the findings within the Comprehensive Development Review to protect existing and provide for future utility easements and to ensure new development is located in a way that will not compromise the long-term operation or future expansion of the utility.

30.19       Additional Public Consultation. Where the RM, or an adjacent municipality in consultation with the RM, deems that the public consultation undertaken within the Comprehensive Development Review has been too limited or ineffective, additional public consultation by the proponent may be required.

30.20       Consistent with Regional Plan. Comprehensive Development Reviews shall be consistent with this Plan and any adopted Concept Plans.

Public Engagement

30.21       Provisions for Public Engagement. Special provisions for public engagement may be required by a municipality that are appropriate to the nature and scope of the planning matter being addressed under the Regional Plan, to ensure that the public is engaged in a timely manner regarding planning and development processes, including applications for rezoning, discretionary uses, and other appropriate matters.

30.22       Engagement Required Prior to Designation of Land. A municipality may require the proponents of significant development proposals that entail amendments to the Regional Plan, rezoning, or the subdivision or re-subdivision of multiple lots, to undertake significant public engagement as part of the application process.

30.23       Additional Public Engagement. Where a municipality deems public engagement to have been less than thorough or effective, additional engagement by the proponent may be required.

Boundary Alterations

30.24       Incremental Boundary Alteration. The incremental alteration of urban municipal boundaries under The Cities Act and The Municipalities Act is preferred.

30.25       Timing of Boundary Alteration. The timing of boundary alteration shall take into account the lead times necessary to have lands planned, serviced, and available for development.

30.26       Criteria Supporting Boundary Alteration. In deciding whether a specific boundary alteration proposal will be supported, the following shall be considered:

a.   whether the proposed boundary alteration is within a future urban growth area identified as accommodating a future regional population of 700,000 in Exhibit 3;

b.   the rationale for requesting the boundary alteration;

c.   whether it is evident that the policies of this Plan have proven to be unable to adequately safeguard the subject area from development that would potentially conflict with future urban growth;

d.   whether the installation of and investment in significant urban infrastructure has been planned for the subject area;

e.   whether public consultation has been completed with assessed owners of land located adjacent to and within the subject area, to gain understanding of the issues of the assessed owners regarding boundary alteration; and

f.    the proposed financial compensation.

30.27       Boundary Alteration Should Follow Legal Property Boundaries. Where possible, boundary alteration shall follow legal property boundaries and natural features that avoids a fragmented pattern of municipal jurisdiction.

30.28       Resolution of Disputes in the Boundary Alteration Process. Municipalities shall be encouraged to pursue the resolution of disputes over boundary alterations through the dispute resolution process in this Plan.

Regional Cooperation

30.29       Continued Regional Cooperation. The P4G and municipalities shall continue to consult with other jurisdictions and organizations in the region, including the Meewasin Valley Authority, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority, the Saskatoon Airport Authority, as well as senior government departments and agencies and First Nations to coordinate planning, development and operating strategies, and to encourage complementary growth.

30.30       Regional Coordination for Funding. The P4G and municipalities should work to coordinate joint applications for funding from senior levels of government and other sources. This should include assessments of joint regional projects requiring funding, and actions to be taken by P4G to solicit funding for

Policy Alignment and Performance Reporting

30.31       Alignment Statements. Municipalities shall prepare statements for their Official Community Plans and other statutory plans related to land use, development, infrastructure, and service delivery to demonstrate that they align with the provisions of the Regional Plan.

30.32       Reporting on Regional Planning Goals. P4G should provide an annual report on progress towards regional planning goals to the municipalities and the public. This should include information on the activities of the P4G, as well as statistics on land use, infrastructure, and development in the Region.

Review of the Plan

30.33       Regular Regional Plan Review. The Regional Plan shall be reviewed regularly to determine whether:

a.   the stated objectives are still relevant,

b.   the policies as set out are being effective in achieving those objectives, and

c.   the policies remain consistent with the Act.

30.34       Reviews as Required. The Regional Oversight Committee may direct a review of the Plan or a portion of the Plan to address regional issues.