The Honourable Pat Lorje, Councillor Ward 2 City of Saskatoon
City of Saskatoon
Council Enquiry April 25, 2016
The Richard St. Barbe Afforestation Area is an urban forest in the south-west section of the city. I believe is is all within the current boundaries of the City of Saskatoon, and that a portion of it may fall within the MVA jurisdiction. It is south of the CN Freight Yards, and near Ducks Unlimited Chappell Marsh, and Cedar Villa Estates. Unfortunately, it is also close to the city landfill.
This naturalized forest was planted by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department in the early 1970’s. Several groups currently use it, including the Fat Bikers Club (the Fatlanders), as well as a group of BMX enthusiasts who were apparently given permission by the city to use the area some twenty years ago. There are also numerous on-leash dog walkers and other people who merely want to stroll in nature on the edge of the city. It is also home to many animals.
The Montogmery Community Association has tried to pick up some of the garbage in the forest, but since there are at least 20 large truckloads of garbage that has been abandoned there by people who bypass the city landfill, this is an almost herculean task.
Will the Administration please report on the following matters with respect to the Richard St. Barbe Afforestation Area:
- Can/will it be declared Municipal Reserve and added to the city’s park space inventory?
- What measures can be taken in both the short term (since there is no current budget for this) and the long term to enclose the area in order to prevent unlawful dumping of garbage and trespass by motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles and ATVs? This could include measures such as strategically-placed boulder, gates and fencing.
- Can/will the city provide resources to pick up the accumulated garbage in the area? This could be accomplished by either city crews picking up this garbage, or by giving assistance for landfill tipping fees for community volunteers to start the clean-up of this significant urban asset.
- What plans are there to consult with community groups, stakeholders and adjacent residents to develop a possible program for the area including the South West Concept Plan development?
Now it is time to explore what is a municipal dedicated land?
“Dedicated lands are for parks, open space and other public amenities. There are four types: buffer strips, environmental reserves, municipal reserves, and walkways. Any person subdividing land must provide, without compensation, dedicated lands to the municipality in which the land is located…
Municipal reserves may be used for open space, parks, recreation facilities, public buildings, schools, natural areas, and horticultural or agricultural uses. The land may be leased for any of the permitted uses, or for buildings or facilities owned by charitable corporations. Municipalities and school divisions may negotiate agreements for the joint use and maintenance of municipal reserves (s. 192, Act & s. 6, Regulations).
The location and suitability of land to be dedicated as municipal reserve is subject to the approval of the Director of Community Planning or any council or authority that has been declared an approving authority pursuant to the Act (s. 186, Act). New municipal reserves are to be identified on survey plans as Municipal Reserve MR#.
Every subdivision for residential purposes must designate 10% of its gross area as municipal reserve; for other subdivisions 5%. The gross area includes all the proposed lots, parcels, streets, and lanes, and the remainder of the land being subdivided if it cannot be further subdivided. (Government of Sk. 2007.)”
“As per the Planning and Development Act, 10% of this neighbourhood [the University Heights Suburban Development Area]is dedicated to Municipal Reserve(COS 2009.) “Use of Public/Municipal Reserve – Public and Municipal Reserve land shall be used only for public parks and recreation purposes(COS 1989). ” “Dedicated Lands – Parcels of land dedicated as buffer strips, environmental reserves, municipal reserves, public reserves and walkways(City of Sasktoon, 1996). . Environmental reserve land is not included in the total amount of land dedicated as public or municipal reserve, but is a separate dedicated City land holding.(City of Saskatoon. 1989)
According Chapter P-13.2* of the Statutes of Saskatchewan, 2007 (effective March 21, 2007)” c.P-13.2, s.191.
Use of municipal reserve, public reserve 192(1) Subject to subsection (2), a public reserve or a municipal reserve is only to be used for: (a) a public park or buffer strip; (b) a public recreation area; (c) school purposes; (d) a natural area; (e) a public building or facility; (f) a building or facility used and owned by a charitable corporation as defined in The Non-profit Corporations Act, 1995; (g) agricultural or horticultural uses; or (h) any other specific or general use that the minister may prescribe by regulation. (2) Subject to section 22, a council that has been declared an approving authority pursuant to subsection 13(1) may permit uses on a municipal reserve other than those uses mentioned in subsection (1). ”
“Vision Statement “The reciprocal relationship between Corman Park and Saskatoon will grow to keep pace with the need for sustainable, regional economic and social development based on a tradition of thoughtful planning and sound land use and development management” in regards to The Planning and Development Act, 2007; Section 6: Recreational Objectives and Policies. “Use and Enjoyment of Adjacent Properties 1. Recreational developments and uses shall be aesthetically pleasing and shall consider the use and enjoyment of adjacent and nearby properties.
2. Prior to making a recommendation to the Approving Authority regarding the allocation of land dedication, money in lieu of dedication or a combination thereof to satisfy Municipal Reserve requirements as a condition of subdivision approval, Council shall consider the recreational needs of the area.
3. Land dedication shall be directed to areas that provide open space recreational opportunities and the development of integrated trail systems and continuous pedestrian linkages.
4. Partnership agreements may be considered with Saskatoon, the Meewasin Valley Authority or local community organizations to jointly develop and support recreational amenities, community services and emergency services. (Corman Park 2016) ”
The City Bylaw states ““Park” means Municipal Reserve or other lands maintained for recreational purposes, owned by the City and designated as one or more of the following:” Further to this, under Environmental Management 9.1 Riverbank Stewardship, “Riverbank Protection a) For the purpose of protecting or conserving the natural, historical and recreational features of the Riverbank Area of the South Saskatchewan River, the Riverbank Area shall, insofar as possible, be dedicated as Municipal Reserve or Environmental Reserve under the provisions of The Planning and Development Act, 2007 as amended. Furthermore, the banks of the South Saskatchewan River shall, insofar as possible, be conserved as public open space for the benefit of all citizens. The development of the Riverbank Area for visual amenity and public recreation shall be undertaken in a manner that enhances and complements the natural and historical features of the riverbank” from bylaw Number. 8769
Under the same bylaw, Parks, and Recreation Open Space; “For the purposes of establishing a desirable standard for public open spaces within the City of Saskatoon, a ratio of four (4) hectares of public open space for every one thousand (1000) persons shall be considered adequate and reasonable. Such public open spaces may include Municipal Reserves and such other publicly owned areas as are dedicated or assigned to fulfilling the needs of public enjoyment and recreation.”
“Terry [Terry Fusco, Senior Planner Long Range Planning City of Saskatoon] stated he is interested in know what type of transition Montgomery Place would be
interested in when the South West Sector in planned.
What should the transition from existing residential (Montgomery Place) to future
Employment Area (Business Park and Light Industrial) look like?
Residential – Earth Berm – Business Park – Light Industrial
Residential – Municipal Reserve – Business Park – Light Industrial
Residential – Road – Municipal Reserve – Business Park – Light Industrial
As the Business Park and Light Industrial Area is built-out, 5% of the land to be developed
is required for Municipal Reserve. The Municipal Reserve Parcel could be considered a
transitional area between the existing residential neighbourhood and the new employment
Note: Municipal Reserve does not necessarily mean open field of grass. Municipal
Reserve parcels can be used for public facilities like Arenas, Leisure Centers, and Fire
Halls. They can also be used for City-wide recreation such as Soccer and/or baseball
fields, etc (Montgomery. 2015).”
There are both environmental reserves and municipal reserves, and they are spoken to in the Planning and Development Act Sections 192 and 193 Queens Printer. Additionally the Dedicated Lands Regulations outline the measures and restrictions on land when it receives a parcel class. At the current moment both land areas of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area are classified as ordinary surface lands without any parcel class restrictions upon them according to Saskatchewan Community Planning and the Informational Services Corporation ISC land titles database. Tyson McShane is currently planning the South West Sector, and is taking into consideration the afforestation area, while being aware that at this time it is partially zoned light residential / park.
With community engagement, and the commitment taken in 1972 by Saskatoon City Council that the Richard St. Barbe Baker Park be kept in perpetuity as an afforestation area, the direction towards a Richard St. Barbe Baker Park would serve the needs and desires of residents speaking up for Saskatoon in regards to the South West Sector planning as land areas in the South West Sector are being sold for employment economies embracing Business Parks and Light Industrial Areas.
Bibliography and For More Information:
COS City of Saskatoon Evergreen Concept plan June 2009 Land Branch. File 4131-28. Date accessed May 17, 2016
COS City of Saskatoon C009-005 Dedication of Public and Municipal Reserve Lands December 11, 1989 Date accessed May 17, 2016
A Guide to Municipal Dedicated Lands – Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Assoc. Regina, Sk. 96-04. Date accessed May 17, 2016.
Corman Park – Saskatoon Planning District Official Community Plan Corman Park – Saskatoon Planning District Official Community Plan. Date accessed May 17, 2016.
City of Saskatoon Administrative Policy Number A10-017. Park Development Guidelines. January 23, 1996 General Manager, Community Services. City File No. CK 4205-I. Date accessed May 17, 2016.
City of Saskatoon Bylaw 7767. The Recreation Facilities and Parks Usage Bylaw, 1998 Codified to Bylaw 9272 (April 27, 2015)Date accessed May 20, 2016.
City of Saskatoon official Community Plan Bylaw Number 8769. (City Council passed – December 2, 2013) (Deputy Minister Approved January 21, 2014)
City of Saskatoon. (1989) Policy Title Dedication of Public and Municipal Reserve Land. Adopted by City Council. December 11, 1989. Planning and Development Committee Report No. 44-1989. Date accessed May 5, 2016.
Montgomery Place LAP Meeting #3. Neighbourhood Boundary/South West Sector Plan Meeting. St. Dominic School Gym. 3301 Dieppe Street. September 17, 2015. 7:00 pm
Municipal Dedicated Lands Under the Planning and Development Act, 2007. Government of Saskatchewan. Ministry of Government Relations. Date accessed May 17, 2016.
The Planning and Development Act, 2007 – Chapter P-13.2* of the Statutes of Saskatchewan, 2007 (effective March 21, 2007) Date accessed May 17, 2016
For more information:
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
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Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area CLEAN UP Day PAMPHLET