Kensington, Saskatoon

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Kensington
City of Saskatoon neighborhood
Coordinates: 52°8′25″N 106°45′13″W / 52.14028°N 106.75361°W / 52.14028; -106.75361Coordinates: 52°8′25″N 106°45′13″W / 52.14028°N 106.75361°W / 52.14028; -106.75361
Country  Canada
Province  Saskatchewan
City Saskatoon
Suburban Development Area Blairmore
Neighbourhood Kensington
Construction TBA
Government
 • Type Municipal (Ward 3)
 • Administrative body Saskatoon City Council
 • Councillor Ann Iwanchuk
Area
 • Total 1.61 km2 (0.62 sq mi)
 • Land 2.07 km2 (0.80 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 8,300 (est. upon buildout)
 • Average Income $
Time zone UTC (UTC-6)

Kensington is a neighbourhood located in west Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada that began construction in 2013. Around 2028, Kensington will reach completion and have an estimated population of 8,300.[1] Kensington will feature Saskatoon's first application of the fused grid street network.[2]

History[edit]

From 1968 to 2005, a local greenhouse used 120 acres (49 ha) of land in the area as its primary tree nursery. Remnants of shelterbelts remained prior to development.[3] The land that includes Kensington was annexed between 2000 and 2005.[4] The first concept drawings of Kensington (then unnamed) appeared in the Blairmore Sector Concept Plan in 2005.[5] Saskatoon City Council approved the neighbourhood plan on April 16, 2012.[6]

Government and politics[edit]

Kensington exists within the federal electoral district of Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar. It is currently represented by Kelly Block of the Conservative Party of Canada, elected in 2008.

Provincially, the area is within the constituency of Saskatoon Northwest. It is currently represented by Gordon Wyant of the Saskatchewan Party, first elected in 2010.

In Saskatoon's non-partisan municipal politics, Kensington will lie within ward 3. It is currently represented by Councillor Ann Iwanchuk, first elected in a by-election in 2011.

Institutions[edit]

Education[edit]

No plans exist yet for schools in Kensington proper. Bethlehem High School and Tommy Douglas Collegiate are located in the Blairmore Suburban Centre immediately to the south. The nearest elementary schools are located in adjacent Confederation Park and Pacific Heights, though the city's public and separate school boards have yet to indicate where students residing in Kensington 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, Shaw Centre, is located in the Blairmore Suburban Centre to the south.

Commercial[edit]

The neighbourhood concept plan identifies two commercial zones: a mixed-use commercial/residential area on the edge of the community immediately north of 22nd Street, and smaller neighborhood commercial further to the north, neither of which have (as of January 2014) begun construction. Additional commercial is shown on current (2014) City planning maps being zoned along Neault Road to the west. Kensington is located immediately adjacent and north of the commercial district within the Blairmore Suburban Centre which includes Wal-Mart and other big box commercial.

Institutional[edit]

The community plan for Kensington incorporates the previously existing Yarrow Youth Farm, a correctional facility for at-risk youth, which was annexed into Saskatoon with the rest of the Blairmore region. It is not yet known whether the Youth Farm will remain at its present location in the long term. As of March 2012, the City of Saskatoon was in negotiations with the province to relocate the facility.[7]

Location[edit]

Kensington is located within the Blairmore Suburban Development Area. It is bounded by the west boundaries of the Confederation Park and Pacific Heights neighbourhoods to the east, Highway 14 to the south, and the remained of the Blairmore Development Area to the north and west. The proposed northern extension of Saskatchewan Highway 7 (currently Secondary Highway 684), also known as Neault Road) will form the western boundary and link to the western access point into Kensington (designated Kensington Gate). Access from the south will be via Kensington Boulevard (which will connect with 33rd Street in the north and Betts Avenue and the regional commercial hub in the south); access from the east will be provided via extensions of Diefenbaker Drive and Centennial Drive and a realignment of 33rd Street West, which will also serve as a partial northern boundary for the neighborhood.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kensington Neighbourhood Concept Plan" (PDF). City of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  2. ^ Hutton, David (April 7, 2012). "Dead end could be in sight for cul-de-sacs". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Kensington Neighbourhood Concept Plan" (PDF). City of Saskatoon. February 2012. Retrieved 2014-10-15. 
  4. ^ Populace Spring 2006 8 (1), City of Saskatoon - City Planning Branch, Spring 2006, p. 5 
  5. ^ "Blairmore Sector Concept Plan". City of Saskatoon. 2005. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  6. ^ Hutton, David (April 16, 2012). "Council endorses plans for east, west growth". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  7. ^ Hutton, David (March 30, 2012). "City moves Kensington plans forward". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2013-01-19. 

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