|March 26, 1999||Volume 6, Number 13|
Land-use option choice protects agricultural research, provides for retail outlets
The University's Board of Governors has approved the main parts of a proposed recommendation of a land-use option package that protects - even enhances - all critical College of Agriculture lands surrounding the campus proper while allocating other areas for various uses, including one for leasing to "large format" retailers.
At its March 12 meeting, the Board endorsed a recommendation which the Land Use Advisory Committee had selected from four options put forth by Cochrane Brook Planning and Urban Design, the Toronto-based consultants being retained for the University's land-use study [see Jan. 8/99 OCN].
But the Board members - while approving the particular option as a basis for further talks with the City and the Meewasin Valley Authority - did express strong concern about further development occurring toward the river.
Following the news that the University had retained professionals to conduct a land-use study of the properties surrounding the campus proper, researchers in the College of Agriculture expressed concern that their test plots might be rendered into other uses.
A story in the March 22 StarPhoenix, to the effect that the University plans to sell land to retail interests, is incorrect.
Judy Yungwirth, director, corporate administration, says the Cochrane Brook proposal "is recommending that any sale of land occur only on a lease-hold basis, to protect the long-term interests of the University."
The draft option selected includes the following features:
In their interim report, the consultants state that the option would also mesh with City of Saskatoon plans to construct an interchange at Attridge and Circle Drive.
Vice-president Tony Whitworth says the Cochrane Brook study "will be extremely helpful to us as we look at future use of University landsincluding issues of what might be available for commercial development and for expansion of Innovation Placewithout conflicting with College of Agriculture requirements."
He adds that the details of the design plan will be subject to further discussion and that actual work on it won't begin "for a year or two."
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