I hope you have been enjoying summer in our beautiful city and doing your part to help Saskatoon safely re-open as we continue to manage Covid-19. Our Emergency Management folks are working closely with the Saskatoon Health Authority to ensure we are on top of the latest information. If you haven’t been vaccinated, I hope you will make time to receive both doses as soon as possible, as this is critical to ending the pandemic. City Council is getting ready to return to City Hall and in-person meetings in September.
It has been a busy construction season with many improvements to basic infrastructure in Ward 6, including sidewalk rehabilitation, road re-surfacing, watermains and the flood control project in WW Ashley Park.
The City has begun engagement on corridor planning to determine the best places to build density in the decades ahead. The planning is aimed at areas that are close to major transit routes such as 8th Street, Preston, Broadway and College Drive. The first study will be in the College Drive area. A full public engagement is planned for this fall.
City Council voted unanimously to rename John A. Macdonald Road as a way to further reconciliation in our city. This is an important step in honouring the truth of Residential School Survivors and their families. I also want to thank Ward 6 resident, Rob Denham, Chokecherry Studios and our City staff for helping to organize the orange crosswalks on Broadway.
Council has approved a number of Innovative Housing Incentives including tax abatements for new projects designed to incorporate low and mixed-income units. This will help Saskatoon’s housing supply for people of all income levels.
The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation Review Board did not intervene in the application to remove heritage designation for the parking lot of Knox United Church. Council passed second reading of a bylaw amendment that would allow for development on the Spadina Crescent lot.
A survey is underway to gain input into whether dogs should be allowed on leash in Kiwanis park and along Meewasin Trail between the Broadway and University Bridges. You can weigh in here: https://www.saskatoon.ca/engage
Huge thanks to everyone who is helping to make our majestic neighbourhoods a great place to live, including your awesome community association volunteers. And don't forget to check out the Fringe on Broadway on Saturday.
Enjoy the day,
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