Local Area Planning
Exhibition LAP Summer Homework Assignment
With the many events happening over the Summer our Local Area Planning team at the City of Saskatoon wanted to remind you of your Exhibition LAP Summer Homework Assignment. Please let us know by August 30, 2019 about the positive and negative experiences that happen to you during any major local events this summer.
We hope everyone is having a great summer and look forward to meeting with you to continue working on the Local Area Plan in the Fall!
Local Area Planning gives residents an active role in determining the future of their neighbourhood. Residents, business owners, property owners, community groups and other stakeholders form a partnership with the City of Saskatoon to develop goals and strategies aimed at improving the long-term success of their community.
What are Local Area Plans (LAPs)?
LAPs are a public, participation-based approach to developing comprehensive neighbourhood plans that enable residents, business owners, property owners, community groups and other stakeholders to provide direct input into determining the future of their community. LAPs set out objectives and policies that guide the growth and development of Saskatoon neighbourhoods.
During the development of a LAP, participants work together to identify issues, develop goals and outline strategies to ensure the long-term success of their neighbourhood. By working together with the City of Saskatoon, through guidance of the Planning and Development Division, participants make recommendations to City Administration and City Council in the LAP.
Neighbourhood Safety is a significant component of the LAP. Using the principles of Safe Growth and CPTED, the Safety section of the LAP develops a community-centered approach to crime and perception of safety. Community members with local knowledge and experience work with the City to develop strategies to reduce the opportunity for crime, and improve perception of safety.
Plans in Progress
Exhibition Local Area Plan
If you want to know if you are included inside the Exhibition Local Area Plan study area please check this map!
Meeting #8 Thursday June 20, 2019 Come & Go Open House
Thank you to everyone who stopped by for the June 20, 2019 Exhibition LAP Open House. The QEXCA helped out by volunteering to host a free community barbeque at the event! We had more than 40 people attend the Open House but we are always looking for more feedback about what you want for your area so feel free to email us your ideas.
We had experts on hand to answer your questions on the following topics:
- Traffic, Transportation, and the Queen Elizabeth/Exhibition Traffic Plan;
- Neighbourhood Safety;
- Infill Development;
- Private Property Maintenance;
- Riverfront Park Uses; and
- The consultation done up to this point in the LAP process.
We also had representatives from Saskatoon Police Services and Saskatoon Fire in attendance to answer questions.
The purpose of the Open House was to present the community with 'this is what we heard' information on all the topics that have been discussed during the LAP process so far. We also presented the “possible opportunities” for improvements that we are proposing to look into; and asked for additional feedback on the topics and issues. Content experts from previous meetings were at this Open House to answer specific questions and hear your ideas.
The display boards for each topic contained a brief description of "what we heard" and the "possible opportunities" for improvements. Please let us know if you have any thoughts about the ideas and information on the display boards shared at the Open House which we have linked to below before July 15, 2019:
We also shared a Summer Homework Assignment where we asked people to record the positive and negative impact of major events in the area over the summer.
Meeting #7 Wednesday May 15, 2019 Riverfront Park Uses: Diefenbaker Park, Optimist Hill, and Meewasin Trail
The seventh Exhibition LAP discussed riverfront management by various groups in the Exhibition LAP Study Area. This meeting reviewed riverfront development history in Exhibition including Optimist Hill. Brad Babyak (Recreation Services Manager, Open Space Development, City of Saskatoon), Alan Otterbein (Design & Development Manager, Meewasin), Joe Van't Hof (Co-chair, Optimist Hill Campaign), and Brad Sylvester (Chair and President, OSP Community Development Corp.) provided riverfront area information and answered questions from the public.
Meeting #6 Wednesday May 1, 2019 Neighbourhood Safety Action Plan
The sixth Exhibition LAP meeting was a follow-up to the Community Wide Neighbourhood Safety meeting held on March 27. Elisabeth Miller, Senior Planner, provided a presentation on feedback collected from the group exercises (Safe/Unsafe Sites/Areas and Pathways/Nodes) and the Perceptions of Safety Survey completed at the Community Wide Neighbourhood Safety meeting on March 27, 2019. The proposed Safety Action Plan was presented to the community for comment and approval. As subsequent Neighbourhood Safety work will follow the Safety Action Plan, attendees were also asked to indicate their interest in participating in a number of actions where engagement from the community is valuable to better addressing the local issues/concerns.
Local crime statistics were shared as well at the meeting. Constable Patrick Skinnider from the Saskatoon Police Service provided an overview of reported crime occurrences in the area from early 2019, while also speaking about how crime statistics can sometimes be misleading.
To help us plan for implementation of these Safety Actions in the coming months, please follow the link below to share your interest in participating.
Meeting #5 Wednesday April 10, 2019 Infill Development
The fifth Exhibition LAP meeting discussed Infill Development and included a short exercise on the positive and negative effects of infill development. Presentations were given by Development Review Manager Darryl Dawson and Senior Planner in Development Review Paula Kotasek-Toth. The neighbourhood had the opportunity to ask each presenter various questions about infill development.
We are trying a new method of encouraging additional feedback from you, which we are calling our “Meeting Debrief”. It is intended to help summarize the meeting notes document, while also providing an opportunity for us to propose possible ideas that could potentially result from what we heard at the meeting.
Below is a link to our 1st edition of the Meeting Debrief, so please let us know if you find this helpful and if you’d like to see us continue to provide this post-meeting summary.
Meeting # 4 Wednesday March 27, 2019 Neighbourhood Safety
The fourth Exhibition LAP meeting discussed Neighbourhood Safety and included exercises on crime prevention and public feelings of safety in and around the Exhibition LAP Study Area. Positive and negative feedback was collected from the meeting attendees through mapping exercises and surveys. Community feedback will be presented alongside Exhibition Study Area crime statistics at the next Neighbourhood Safety Meeting on May 1, 2019.
Meeting # 3 Wednesday March 13, 2019 Property Maintenance
The meeting discussed property maintenance concerns regarding private property including derelict houses, unkept yards, illegal storage and anything else regarding maintenance or use issues on private property. Presentations were given by Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Rodger and Bylaw Compliance Manager Matt Grazier and the neighbourhood asked each presenter questions about a number of property maintenance related topics.
Meeting # 2 Tuesday February 26, 2019 Vision, Topics, Goals, and Survey Results
The meeting included a brief description of what an LAP is, a group edit and write which created the LAP Vision Statement, and a summary of what we heard in the neighbourhood survey. The attendees were also given a look at the high level Exhibition LAP Goals which they provided comments on and edits to. These LAP Goals will work with the Vision Statement to help set the overall direction of the LAP. The presentation also included a brief description of the future topics for discussion and what meetings are currently booked.
The slideshow and notes from this presentation are available below:
Meeting # 1 Wednesday January 23, 2019 Exhibition Local Area Plan (LAP) Launch Meeting
On January 23, 2019 the first meeting of the Exhibition Local Area Plan took place. Approximately 50 people attended the meeting at the Seventh Day Adventist Christian School gymnasium where a brief discussion took place about what an LAP is and what it could do for the neighbourhood.
The slideshow and notes from this presentation are available below:
The study area for the Exhibition LAP is Taylor Street to the North, Broadway Avenue to the East, Ruth Street (East of Lorne Avenue) and Circle Drive (West of Lorne Avenue) to the South, and the riverbank to the West. Click here for a map of the study area.
Plans Being Implemented
Nutana Local Area Plan
Pleasant Hill Local Area Plan