Aspen Ridge, Saskatoon

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Aspen Ridge
City of Saskatoon neighborhood
Coordinates: 52°10′46″N 106°32′37″W / 52.17944°N 106.54361°W / 52.17944; -106.54361Coordinates: 52°10′46″N 106°32′37″W / 52.17944°N 106.54361°W / 52.17944; -106.54361
Country  Canada
Province  Saskatchewan
City Saskatoon
Suburban Development Area University Heights
Neighbourhood Aspen Ridge
Annexed 2010
Construction TBA
Government
 • Type Municipal (Ward 10)
 • Administrative body Saskatoon City Council
 • Councillor Zach Jeffries
Area
 • Total 2.57 km2 (0.99 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 13,000 (est. upon buildout)
 • Average Income $
Time zone UTC (UTC-6)

Aspen Ridge is a proposed neighbourhood located in northeast Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada that will begin construction in 2014. At full build-out, Aspen Ridge will eventually house an estimated 13,000 people. Unlike many of the city's suburban neighbourhoods, it will feature higher density housing on a grid network of roads.[1]

History[edit]

The land where Aspen Ridge is planned to exist was annexed on August 1, 2010.[2] The first concept drawings of Aspen Ridge (then unnamed) appeared in the University Heights Sector Plan in 2007.[3]

Government and politics[edit]

Aspen Ridge exists within the federal electoral district of Saskatoon-Humboldt. It is currently represented by Brad Trost of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Provincially, the area overlaps the constituencies of Saskatoon Southeast and Saskatoon Silver Springs. They currently represented by Don Morgan and Ken Chevaldayoff of the Saskatchewan Party, respectively.

In Saskatoon's non-partisan municipal politics, Aspen Ridge will lie within ward 10. It is currently represented by Councillor Zach Jeffries, first elected in 2012.

Institutions[edit]

Education[edit]

No plans exist yet for schools in Aspen Ridge. St. Joseph High School and Centennial Collegiate are located in the University Heights Suburban Centre immediately to the south. The nearest elementary schools as of 2013 are located in nearby Silverspring and soon Willowgrove, though the city's public and separate school boards have yet to indicate where students residing in Aspen Ridge will be bused until such a time as schools are constructed in the community.

Parks and recreation[edit]

No plans exist yet for recreation facilities within the community, although the community plan shows the usual allotment of neighbourhood parks. A regional recreation facility, the SaskTel Soccer Centre, is located in the University Heights Suburban Centre to the south. The Forestry Farm Park and Zoo is also in the vicinity.

Commercial[edit]

The neighbourhood concept plan identifies two commercial zones: a mixed-use commercial/residential area on the edge of the community in the southwest corner, and a purely commercial district in the southeast corner. Until such commercial development occurs, the nearest major retail area is several kilometres to the southwest in the University Heights Suburban Centre.

Location[edit]

Aspen Ridge is a roughly triangular shaped neighbourhood located within the University Heights Suburban Development Area. It is bounded to the south by the neighbourhood of Evergreen and the University of Saskatchewan Kearnan Farm, with the latter forming a green belt separation between Aspen Ridge and other communities to the south. To the north and east it is bounded by the proposed provincial perimeter highway, and to the north and west it is bounded by the Northeast Swale preserved lands. Its primary road access will be via an extension of McOrmond Drive from the south and northwest, with Agra Road, a grid road, providing access to the perimeter highway to the east, though this road will be removed by further development.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Charles (2013-03-09). "New suburb to feature high-density design". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Boundary Alteration". City of Saskatoon - Planning and Development Branch. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  3. ^ "University Heights Sector". City of Saskatoon - Planning and Development Branch. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 

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