They expected schools and playgrounds would eventually occupy the vacant space that sits at the center of Saskatoon’s Briarwood neighbourhood and some paid a premium for the opportunity to be close. Now that those plans have been scrapped by both school boards there are some lingering questions about what will become of this land.
North Ridge Development Corporation and Boychuk Construction Corporation are both proposing a rezoning of that land to accommodate residential development. North Ridge would like to develop 17 lots in the northeast corner of Briarwood Park and Boychuk has their eye on a parcel across the park for 27 new homes.
Residents seem most concerned that the city takes some measures to soften the blow of the lost schools by insisting that the development takes into account the fact that many of these homes were constructed to enjoy a park view, and not the backyards of neighbouring homes.
They’d like to see some green space to provide a bit of a buffer between the new and existing homes. The Municipal Planning Commission seems to be somewhat onside and has sent a memo to city administrators saying they won’t support the plan without changes which include adjusting North Ridge’s proposed orientation of the new homes and incorporation of linear or pocket parks.