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Public Meeting: Rezoning for High-rise

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

Date:Thursday, September 13, 2018
Start time: 7:00 PM
Location: Brunskill School – 101 Wiggins Avenue (Small Gymnasium)
Re: 1006 College Drive & 421 Clarence Avenue North Proposed Official Community Plan Amendment and Rezoning
Applicant: North Prairie Developments

The City of Saskatoon has received applications from North Prairie Developments to amend the Official Community Plan and rezone 1006 College Drive and 421 Clarence Avenue North in the Varsity View neighbourhood (the vacant property adjacent to the intersection of College Drive and Clarence Avenue North).

The purpose of these applications is to facilitate the development of a multiple-unit residential building at this location consisting of:
– 12 floors above grade with approximately 170 residential units; and
– 4 parking levels below grade with approximately 230 parking spaces.

These applications require approval from City Council.

The purpose of this meeting is to provide neighbouring residents the opportunity to learn details of the applicant’s proposal and the rezoning process, and to gather public input on this matter.

Representatives of the City of Saskatoon and North Prairie Developments will each make a presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

Board of Police Commissioners Meeting

You Are Invited To A Community Meeting with the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners

In its conduit role between the public and the Saskatoon Police Service, the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners is very pleased to extend this invitation to your Association, all of its Members, and the public to attend a Community Meeting to discuss issues that impact our city.

Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Saskatoon Farmers’ Market

The format for the Police Commission’s public consultation will include a brief overview / presentation followed by questions & answers from the floor and discussion on each issue. Planned topics include:
• Cannabis and the community,
• The newly formed Safe Community Action Alliance,
• De-escalation techniques employed by police to minimize potentially dangerous situations , and
• Street Checks / Contact Interviews policies and procedures.

The Community Meeting, hosted by the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners and intended to expand community dialogue on key issues, is open to the public.

Your participation is invited!

Rezoning for High Rise

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

Date:Thursday, September 13, 2018
Start time: 7:00 PM
Location: Brunskill School – 101 Wiggins Avenue (Small Gymnasium)
Re: 1006 College Drive & 421 Clarence Avenue North Proposed Official Community Plan Amendment and Rezoning
Applicant: North Prairie Developments

The City of Saskatoon has received applications from North Prairie Developments to amend the Official Community Plan and rezone 1006 College Drive and 421 Clarence Avenue North in the Varsity View neighbourhood (the vacant property adjacent to the intersection of College Drive and Clarence Avenue North).

The purpose of these applications is to facilitate the development of a multiple-unit residential building at this location consisting of:
– 12 floors above grade with approximately 170 residential units; and
– 4 parking levels below grade with approximately 230 parking spaces.

These applications require approval from City Council.

The purpose of this meeting is to provide neighbouring residents the opportunity to learn details of the applicant’s proposal and the rezoning process, and to gather public input on this matter.

Representatives of the City of Saskatoon and North Prairie Developments will each make a presentation, followed by a question and answer session.


Proposed Non-Conforming High Rise at College & Clarence Avenue

There is a proposal to rezone the corner of College and Clarence to allow a 12-storey 171-unit high rise with four below- grade parking levels. A public consultation meeting is scheduled for mid or late September. It will likely be on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening. The date is not yet set. If you would like to be kept informed of this development, please email me at president@vvcasaskatoon.com

Rezoning for high density housing has both supporters and detractors. Supporters suggest that high density housing will:
• Reduce development costs and taxes
• Reduce loss of farmland
• Increase public transit ridership
Detractors wonder why:
• Increased housing density in Saskatoon has been accompanied by higher taxes
• Space for people to live a healthy life is not equally important as farmland
• Non conforming development is allowed when we took so much time to develop local area plans which allow for a wide variety of housing types within Varsity View

What do the facts say about these positions? Infill and high density housing have the advantage of requiring less new roads and sewer pipes. However, there are many other contributions to our overall tax bill. One major area is policing. Between 2006 and 2015 spending on policing jumped by 80% or 64% on an inflation adjusted basis, population growth was 23%. There is evidence that violent crime is linked to areas of high population density. Cities that demolish low income high density housing and disperse the residents to lower density housing reduce the City wide violent crime rate. It is not a coincidence that Toronto’s gun crime is centered on a few apartment complexes.

Reduce loss of farmland is self evident. How important that is in a Country that is one of the largest in the World is a matter for debate. When it comes to biodiversity, there is clearly a greater variety of plant and animal life in the average backyard in Varsity View than you will find in the average wheat field.

Increased public transport use goes to the high density camp. Overall, about 7.3% of Varsity View residents take public transport to work compared with 4.3% for the City as a whole. At a guess, a new 171-unit high rise will add an extra 5 riders compared to a combination of development within our zoning rules and low rise development in the ‘burbs.

Wherever you sit on this issue, please attend the meeting with the City to discuss the rezoning application. Meetings with good attendance carry a much greater weight than those with poor attendance.

VVCA 2018 AGM

VVCA Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7:00pm, Brunskill School Library

All community residents are invited to attend for an update on projects and to elect next year’s Executive. Come and get involved in making a difference in your neighbourhood!

Public Space Design Charrette

Residents of the Nutana neighbourhood are invited to participate in a design charrette to discuss options for the public space created by the closure of 14th Street between Temperance Street and Lansdowne Avenue (next to D’lish Cafe). The meeting will be jointly hosted by the City of Saskatoon, Transportation and Urban Design Divisions.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Starting at 1:00 pm

Please join us to discuss your ideas for this new public space. The meeting will be held in the public space, just outside of D’lish Cafe.

Please send comments to:
Nathalie Baudais, Transportation Engineer
Transportation & Utilities Department, City of Saskatoon
Email: nathalie.baudais@saskatoon.ca
Phone: 306-986-3097

U of S Master Plan

The University of Saskatchewan is developing a new Campus Master Plan which will guide how the University will grow and develop over the coming years.

In June we are reaching out to our stakeholders for input. This will be an opportunity to provide input on topics such as connectivity to neighborhoods surrounding campus, transportation networks, outdoor landscapes, community gathering spaces, indigenous place-making, sustainability, winter city design and more.

We are planning a casual come and go event at Amigos on June 13th between 5pm and 7pm. This event is intended for the communities surrounding campus to have an opportunity to share their ideas. Please mark this in your calendars.

The event:
Our project team will be present to provide a brief overview and display sample images but the main objective is to provide an initial opportunity to share ideas, through candid conversation, on campus growth and development.

Brunskill Kindergarten Meeting

Brunskill Kindergarten Information Meeting

All parents/caregivers who will have children eligible to attend Kindergarten during the next school year, are invited to attend an information evening on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in our Learning Resource Centre (Library).

Children who will be 5 years old by January 31st, 2018 can register for the Fall Kindergarten Program. Call the school at 683-7130 for more information.

*This year we will start accepting registrations beginning Wednesday, January 4th, 2017.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear about our learning rich program and provide an opportunity to ask specific and related questions. Childcare will be provided in an alternate space.

Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors who have children eligible for Kindergarten. All registered children will have a chance to experience the Kindergarten program in May during a Sneak Peak opportunity.

Grosvenor Park Traffic Review

Grosvenor Park Neighbourhood Traffic Review
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Albert Community Centre – 3rd Floor Loft
610 Clarence Avenue South

Residents of the Grosvenor Park neighbourhood are invited to attend a public meeting to review and discuss a draft neighbourhood-wide traffic plan for their area. The meeting will be hosted by the City of Saskatoon, Transportation Division.

On April 14, 2016 Grosvenor Park residents participated in discussions and identified ideas and solutions to address traffic concerns in their neighbourhood. Based on feedback and information received during this meeting, other sources, traffic counts and existing traffic studies, the Transportation Division has prepared a draft neighbourhood wide traffic plan. The meeting on January 11th will provide Grosvenor Park residents, business owners, property owners, local groups and other stakeholders an opportunity to comment on specific traffic adjustments being proposed for this neighbourhood.

Please join us as we discuss the traffic issues that affect you and your neighbourhood.

Please send comments to:
Justine Marcoux, Transportation Engineer
Transportation & Utilities Department, City of Saskatoon
222-3rd Avenue North Saskatoon, S7K 0J5
Email: justine.marcoux@saskatoon.ca
Ph: (306) 975-2454 Fax: (306) 975-2971

Corner Lot Development meeting

Proposed Regulations for 4-unit Multiple Unit Dwellings on Corner Sites
The amendments for 4-Unit multiple unit dwellings on corner sites will be considered by City Council in 2016.

Discussion of proposal to allow rezoning of corner lots for four unit dwellings
VVCA – CITY OF SASKATOON MEETING 15 June 2016
Albert Community Center Auditorium, 7 PM

City website

The Neighbourhood Level Infill Development Strategy recommends development of garden and garage suites. The Strategy is one component of a Comprehensive Plan for infill development within built up areas of the city. The Infill Strategy addresses small scale infill opportunities on individual residential lots, with a scope directed to an assessment of established neighbourhoods within Saskatoon, defined as neighbourhoods located inside Circle Drive, as well as Sutherland and Montgomery.

The Infill Strategy ensures the distinctive development patterns and historic characteristics of pre-war and post-war neighbourhoods are maintained. It proposes regulatory amendments that will help to minimize massing of new developments, regulate infill lot grading, address parking concerns, and protect the streetscape.

Grosvenor Park Neighbourhood Traffic Review

Thursday, April 14, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Grosvenor Park United Church
Cumberland Avenue & 14th Street

Are there traffic concerns in your neighbourhood? Do you have ideas and suggestions to address the issues? We want to hear from you!

Residents of Grosvenor Park are invited to attend a public meeting to identify and discuss local traffic issues in the neighbourhood. The meeting will be hosted by the City of Saskatoon, Transportation Division.

The Transportation Division will examine the issues identified at this meeting, gather additional information through traffic counts, and prepare a comprehensive plan to ad- dress traffic concerns across the entire Grosvenor Park neighbourhood. The plan will be presented at a follow-up meeting in fall 2016.

All local stakeholders are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please join us as we discuss the traffic issues that affect your neighbourhood.

Please send comments to:
Justine Nyen, Transportation Engineer
Transportation & Utilities Department, City of Saskatoon
222-3rd Avenue North Saskatoon, S7K 0J5
Email: justine.nyen@saskatoon.ca Ph: (306) 975-2454 Fax: (306) 975-2971

Main St. & Wiggins Proposed Traffic Restriction

You are invited to meet with the Transportation Division and the Varsity View Community Association to discuss a proposed temporary restriction of the east-west traffic movement on Main Street at the Wiggins Avenue intersection. In 2014, the City of Saskatoon completed a Neighbourhood Traffic Review for Varsity View. An issue that was raised by residents was traffic on Main Street. The Transportation Division subsequently proposed a temporary solution.

The temporary solution would be left in place for two years, evaluated for effectiveness, and a decision made to either remove the restriction, or make it permanent. City Council subsequently asked that more consultation take place before making its decision.

Accordingly, on Wednesday October 14, 2015, at 7:00 pm, staff from the Transportation Division will be in attendance for the VVCA meeting at the Brunskill School Library. We invite you to come and discuss the proposed restriction with us.

Your cooperation and involvement in developing your neighbourhood traffic plan is greatly appreciated. For more information, or if you have any feedback, questions or concerns, regarding this proposal, please contact:
Jay Magus, Engineering Manager, Transportation, City of Saskatoon
306-975-3171 or jay.magus@saskatoon.ca

wiggins&main

Meeting: Rezoning at Main & Cumberland

The proposed rezoning at Main and Cumberland by Black Rock Developments is certainly of interest to many individuals in the neighbourhood. Main Street has gone through tremendous changes in the past two years, and in some ways is the shiniest and most modern block in Varsity View. This change is interesting and challenging at the same time.

The Varsity View LAP completed in 2014 (summary report here at the CoS website or full here. ) promotes balanced growth that must yield a net benefit to the the community. This is a high standard but encourages a balance between new interests and old ones. VVCA has also been active to promote sensible infill guidelines to help shape the changes of individual units on streets just like this.

As interested citizens, I would like to invite each of you to join us Monday, October 5th at 7 pm to 8:30 pm in the Brunskill library to discuss these proposed zoning changes, identify what we like and do not like about the proposed development and explore what our viewpoints are and any common ground we share. I would like us as a neighbourhood to further talk through what development looks like as this will undoubtedly be a theme of the coming decades due to our highly desirable location and aging housing stock.

Please share my invite with other interested or civically minded folks. If you are unable to join us that night, I will be happy to share your comments (with your permission) to the attendees.

– James Perkins, VVCA President