SASKATOON, SASK. — Saskatoon City Council has approved a new Official Community Plan (OCP).
The OCP consolidates and entrenches the direction of over 50 civic plans and policies that city council has approved over the last several years, City of Saskatoon director of planning and development Lesley Anderson said in a statement.
Those plans include the Growth Plan to Half a Million, Saskatoon Speaks – Community Vision, the City Centre Plan, the Culture Plan, the Active Transportation Plan, the Green Infrastructure Strategy, the Recreation and Parks Master Plan and the Heritage Plan.
“The Official Community Plan acts as a connection point for the work of all city staff and this latest revision brings it up to date with the current direction of the city, reflecting where we are right now, what our vision is for the future, and how we will achieve that vision,” Anderson said.
The direction and goals of the OCP are entrenched in law, recognized under the authority of the Planning and Development Act, 2007, and works in conjunction with the city’s strategic plan.
“The Official Community Plan is the collective long-term vision for Saskatoon that guides the physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural development of our community. It provides both inspiration and direction to ensure the community’s vision for Saskatoon is integrated into all aspects of planning, decision-making and priority-setting for the city,” added city manager Jeff Jorgenson.
As dictated by the Planning and Development Act 2007, the new OCP bylaw will be submitted to the provincial Ministry of Government Relations for approval.
The community plan is available at saskatoon.ca/ocp.