With a beautiful summer underway, I hope everyone is enjoying this last week of August.
With a busy month of updates underway, I will just jump right in. This months newsletter contains updates specific to our ward, what to expect before Council this month and details about upcoming Community Association AGMs.
Ward 8 Updates
Rezoning and Discretionary Use Applications
Brighton Gate West - Dream Developments application to rezone land adjacent to western end of Brighton Gate is set to go to a Public Hearing on Monday for consideration of a final decision. Dream Developments is proposing to rezone the area to a mix of residential development consisting of:
Learn more here.
254 Meglund Cres discretionary use application is requesting approval to develop this site into a Short-term Rental Property in the Wildwood neighborhood. Public consultation started August 12th and will be ongoing until September 2nd. Learn more here.
On Demand Transit in Brighton
On August 2 new changes were implemented for On Demand Transit (ODT) in Brighton.
Read more about other enhancements at SaskatoonTransit.ca/OnDemand.
Since the integration of ODT, I have been working with Saskatoon Transit to share your feedback. This process continues as we have implemented a survey to hear what you think! Tell us what you think about the new ODT system, and you could have a chance to win 1 of 5 $20 Tim Hortons gift cards. Please continue to keep in touch with me about your experience with the new changes, and please engage with the survey which you can access here OnDemand Transit Survey - Tell us What you Think .
This is a reminder that school zones and playground zones will come into effect on September 1, 2022.
Learn more about what to expect at saskatoon.ca/speedlimit.
Lakewood Recycling Depot
The Lakewood Recycling Depot is seeing its hours of operation change. The hours of operation are now 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. A lockable gate will be installed, with accompanying signage.
This pilot is looking to help address the contamination and safety concerns. The results of this pilot are expected to be reported in Q3 2023. Please feel free to share your feedback about how these changes are impacting your use on site.
City Council Meetings
Downtown Event and Entertainment District Site Options
Unfortunately I am unable to participate in discussions pertaining to land selection in regards to the future Downtown Event and Entertainment District (DEED). This is due to a potential for a conflict of interest relating to a family members’ business. I have sought out legal counsel to clarify my participation, and while I can engage in other DEED discussions (e.g. funding and financing solutions) I am unable to participate in land matters until a final decision has been made by City Council.
As such, I can only provide the link to public information. It can be found here.
I appreciate your understanding.
Mid-Year Budget Update
During our standard mid-year forecast, we are currently projecting an approximate deficit of 6.8 million for 2022. We continue to implement cost-savings measures through the year but if a deficit still remains at the end of the year, there are one-time measures we can look to implement to address this.
The lease to operate the River Landing Farmers' Market is going before Council on Monday!
With a projected launch date of May 2023, the new space would see two dedicated farmers market days (Saturday and one evening), vendor spaces indoors, licensed space for alcohol vendors, restaurants spaces, as well as event spaces.
The space will be open 6 days a week.
It will be great to have the indoor space back open and operating for our community once again.
Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership Contract
Homelessness has been increasing over the past number of years due to many factors such as population growth, increasing housing costs, inflation, COVID-19 related issues, gaps in social assistance programs and shortage of specialized housing and support systems. The recent count in April of 2022 had identified 550 individuals without permanent shelter.
The Saskatoon Housing Initiative Partnership has submitted a request to extend their current service contract and funding from September 1st, 2022 to December 31st, 2023. This 16-month extension is to help facilitate meetings, provide staff support to committees and action teams, help develop and enhance programs, research solutions, evaluate and report on progress, foster collective action and ensure the Homelessness Action Plan continues to be implemented.
Additional reports of interest
COFFEE WITH YOUR COUNCILLOR - please check wardeight.ca/calendar for Septembers date.
What's happening in Ward 8!
Here are some other great things happening in Ward 8 soon or put on by members of our community.
Sarina Gersher - Ward 8 Councillor