Summary of Public Input (June 2004)
Throughout the South Downtown’s development history, there
have been numerous studies, City Council hearings, and other public
processes. The City of Saskatoon invited public input on the preliminary
concept plan. Open houses were held on April 27 and 28 from 4 –
9 p.m. and were attended by 507 Saskatoon residents.
The concept plan and public input forms were also available at
City of Saskatoon leisure centres, City Hall, the Meewasin Valley
Authority (MVA), and the three Business Improvement Districts. As
well, the City developed a web page that allowed citizens to review
the plan and provide input.
Three hundred and sixty-four comment sheets, plus individual presentations,
were received. Additionally, comments and input were received through
other venues including a separate town hall meeting held by the
core neighbourhood associations and stakeholders. Four duplicate
submissions were removed.
Overall, there was a very positive response to the Plan. The overwhelming
majority (well over 80%) approved or strongly approved of the concept
plan’s eight key elements. Most respondents expressed real
enthusiasm for the plan and a desire to see it move forward. Comments
were very thoughtful and respondents took a great deal of care in
expressing their views.