R.M. of Corman Park Studies
Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth (P4G) Regional Plan
The P4G Regional Plan will look at the long term vision and strategy for rural and urban land use, servicing and development to grow the region to a population of 1 million people. The P4G includes Corman Park, Saskatoon, Warman, Martensville and Osler. The Regional Plan is expected to be completed in April 2017.
Corman Park-Saskatoon Planning District Studies
Grasswood Mixed Use Node Market Impact StudyA Market Impact Study for the Highway No. 11 "Grasswood" corridor between the R.M. and City of Saskatoon in the Planning District is currently being completed. This area has a lot of pressure for development and is also an area with key English River and Cowessess First Nation land holdings.
The study will:
- identify the amount and type of development (i.e. commercial, residential, industrial) needed to meet projected growth while ensuring the Region’s existing developments aren’t compromised;
- identify a maximum square footage for commercial development in the Grasswood Mixed Use Node;
- identify a phasing strategy for development in the different segments; and
- identify future assessment requirements for proposed new development in the Grasswood Mixed Use Node.
Cushing Terrell Architecture (CTA) was hired in April 2015 to complete this study. The study is due to be completed in spring 2017.
Saskatoon Freeway Southeast General Location StudyThe Saskatoon Freeway (formerly Perimeter Highway) General Location Study is a study to review route options in the southern portion of Corman Park. The study had three different segments for review the west (Highway No. 7 to No. 14), southwest (Highway No, 7 across the river to Highway No. 11) and southeast (Highway No. 11 to south of Highway No. 5) portions of the proposed Saskatoon Freeway.
West Connector Route Feasibility StudyThe West Connector Route is a study assessing the feasibility of different route options for traffic improvements on the west side of Saskatoon within Corman Park. The study is funded by the Ministry of Highways & Infrastructure, Corman Park and City of Saskatoon.
The purpose of the feasibility study was to determine what route options are available and the following considerations for each of the routes:
- constraints and challenges;
- estimation of high level costs;
- required improvements; and
- phasing/staging options
The Dalmeny Grid (Highway No. 684)/Neault Road was identified as the main corridor with three north options and three south options provided to link this corridor to main highway networks in the region:
- N1: Dalmeny Access
- N2: Saskatoon Freeway
- N3: Beam Road
- S1: 22nd Street
- S2: 11th Street
- S3: Hodgson Road (Twp. Rd. 362)/Valley Road
An open house was held on December 2, 2015 to obtain the public’s feedback on the feasibility of the proposed route options. Approximately 150 people attended the open house. Stakeholder meetings were held on April 6, 2016 to gain feedback from utility companies and transportation, trucking and business associations.
The final report can be downloaded HERE.
High level cost estimates for the routes range from $5 to $16 million not including any interchanges that may be required.
Based strictly on traffic model data, there are no indications that any of the proposed routes attract significant traffic away from other roadways and there was no clear route which appeared to be superior to others given the traffic model data. It was recommended that further traffic modelling be completed particularly related to origin-destination studies on traffic in the area.
However, the feedback received from the public and stakeholder engagement supported the need for a West Connector Route, although the preferences for the alignment varied. It was also noted by the stakeholders that current restrictions on over-weight and over-dimensional loads restrict movements around the City; it is recommended that further analysis be completed for these routes.
If a potential West Connector Route is to be explored further, a functional planning study and additional public consultation would be required.