As we inch closer toward the end of fall and the end of the year, I hope you're taking time to savour warm moments in the sunshine and those end of season chores this weekend.
If you're wondering about fall sweeping, details are at saskatoon.ca/sweeping.
I know we're all busy, so before we dive in, I want to draw your attention to two items that are open for engagement: Corridor Planning & South Caswell redevelopment. Engagement opportunities are in the Engagement Section below.
Meetings & Upcoming Decisions
City Council meets on Wednesday Oct 25th at 9:30am. There will be no evening public hearing as there were no hearings scheduled. A full agenda outline is at the bottom of this email.
At committees this month, lots of discussion took place on the Heritage bylaw amendment request for Third Ave United, the Active Transportation Plan implementation update, and the final report on Vehicle Noise mitigation. All reports are on the Council Agenda.
Provincial Announcements & future shelters:
As you've likely heard, the Provincial Government has made two announcements about planned investments related to Homelessness and Addictions support. Thank you to all who have been joining me and others sharing messages about how much we've been in need of investments in these areas. I'm confident there will be more needed, but see these as an important step.
The Province has asked the City of Saskatoon to help in locating potential sites for two shelters that they plan to open with approximately 30 beds each. City administration will lead the process as outlined here, and the Province will have the final say among available locations. The process as outlined by the City guarantees at least one public information meeting regarding each site selected.
I've been hearing from many of you encouraging urgency for this work as winter approaches, and also sharing feedback about siting considerations. I am sharing this feedback and will continue to do my best to keep you informed.
As you know, City Council has been busy working to address a forecasted gap in the 2024/2025 budgets. We’ve made some good progress, but the process is far from over. There are lots of options that remain in front of us when we sit down to engage in the full debate in late November. Nothing is finalized until then. More on the process can be found at saskatoon.ca/budget. I welcome ideas and feedback anytime.
I'm also reading carefully the community surveys conducted recently that share representative feedback about areas of priority and satisfaction/dissatisfaction with respect to civic services. saskatoon.ca/civic-services-surveys
To see all projects open for engagement visit www.saskatoon.ca/engage
Caswell Hill Bus Barns
Background and online engagement for the project can be found on this project page.
Come-and-go Meeting. Nov. 9th 4pm-7pm @ Saskatchewan Polytechnic Cafeteria
The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear about the proposed rezoning applications and the redevelopment proposal for 321 Ave C N from the applicant and receive information on the review process from administration. Community members will also have the opportunity to ask questions and provide initial comments. Additional engagement opportunities will be determined following the public information meeting.
The City is engaging residents to share information and hear feedback on the application of new Corridor land use and zoning plans in corridor areas around the City. Background and online engagement opportunities are outlined here.
Two corridor areas cross through Ward 2.
- The 22nd Street Corridor meeting has taken place, but the posters will be at the Woodlawn meeting.
- Woodlawn Corridor (consists of Idylwyld Drive north of 25th street and parts of 33rd Street)
Woodlawn meeting - Nov 1st 6:30-8:30 (come and go) @ St Michael Community School
What does it mean to be a bridge to ending racism? Check out the new anti-racism video produced in partnership with the City of Regina and a number of sports partners in the province. If you hear something, say something.
A new online drinking water advisory dashboard has been published and will be updated to compliment the existing door hanger notification system. Check it out.
A new pedestrian crossing light was installed at 22nd Street and Ave V. This is another in a series of tools applied to this heavily utilized corridor in our area to improve safety for people walking. I'm grateful to the transportation team who plans these projects and to the SGI Traffic safety fund for the support.
I've recently learned about a Provincial Active Families Benefit to help cover the costs of enrolling youth in sports, culture and recreation programs. Check it out.
City Council | Oct 25th (Wednesday)
City Council meets on Wednesday. Brief highlights are outlined below. Click here to find the full agenda. Correspondence on Council items can be made in writing or as a request to speak (accommodated by phone or in person). Meetings are live streamed.
Regular Business Meeting | 9:30 AM
- Storm Sewer Cleaning Pilot
- Speed limit changes - sections of McOrmond & Zimmerman
- Vehicle noise mitigation - Final report
- Active Transportation Plan implementation update
- Hart Road - Innovative Housing Incentive
- Business Development Incentives:
- Three Farmers Foods Inc.
- Great Western Brewing Co.
- Neighbourhood Land Development Fund Allocation
- Heritage bylaw amendment request - Third Ave United Church
- Forestry Farm - post budget capital project - Zebra facility
- Food Waste Prevention & Diversion - Fund applications
- Building Safer Communities Fund
- Block - Downtown Office Space Assessment
Public Hearing Meeting | 6:00 PM
- No hearings; meeting cancelled
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