The City of Martensville continues to see substantial growth and due to this growth, a plan for the future has been set in place. “From the 2016 Future Growth Plan, different general areas of potential growth were considered. Things were broken up into a potential east growth area, North (of Industrial) growth area and west growth areas,” Joe Doxey, City of Martensville Director of Planning and Infrastructure, explained. The City of Martensville, part of the Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth (P4G), along with the City of Saskatoon, the RM of Corman Park, Town of Osler, City of Martensville and Saskatoon regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA), has shown potential to double over the next twenty years. Through the P4G, the goal is to work together to ensure that all municipalities involved benefit from growth opportunities, increase efficiencies and reduce costs by working together.
The Future Growth Plan for 2040 included a Growth Needs Analysis which helped to establish a better idea of the amount of land required for future growth. These results also showed that the total land area needed to support residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and recreational growth to the year 2040 ranges from 1,156 acres to 2,207 acres. “Studying the area at such a scale helps to plan larger infrastructure and optimize its placement through economies of scale. It also helps ensure the City is aware of what the costs are well in advance. This helps keep our development levies competitive while still ensuring that growth pays for growth,” Doxey added.
These future plans include the west sector plan, which falls within the west future growth area will include approximately 675 acres of land both north and south of Main Street (or Township Road 384) and will be located west of Highway 12. The east sector plan is located within the future growth plan’s east future growth area and includes approximately 64 acres (one section) of land south of Main Street (Township Road 384) and east of 10th Avenue South (Range Road 3053). “Completing planning studies at a sector plan is useful and beneficial to Martensville current and future residents. By completing the high level land use and servicing framework, it allows the City to better plan for these new lands becoming developed,” Doxey said.
Upcoming steps include having the consultant meet with City Council and senior administration, complete and review baseline or background studies, and establish some basic vision or guiding principles that will help to shape the design.
More information can be found at www.martensville.ca/pages/city_of_martensville_sector_plans and as things progress, more information will be added.