Martensville has grown from a small town with a rural atmosphere to a city with a population of about 9,645. Continued growth and demand for residential, commercial and industrial land is anticipated, so the City is working on a number of planning initiatives to determine the future size, urban form and character of the community. A planning document called The Future Growth Plan 2040 has been adopted by Martensville Council to help facilitate such planning. The Future Growth Plan outlines future neighbourhoods, studies, bylaws and reports necessary to guide growth.
As part of the Future Growth Plan, a Growth Needs Analysis which examined historical and predicted population increases and the amount of land required to accommodate the anticipated future population was completed. Results showed that the total land area needed to support residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and recreational growth to the year 2040 ranges from 1,156 acres to 2,207 acres.
Through the Future Growth Plan process, the City identified:
- The proposed annexation of land immediately adjacent to Martensville from the R.M. of Corman Park to support long-term growth of the City.
- Growth Sector Areas (a defined area within the future growth area) that require the completion of a Sector Plan. Once complete, Sector Plans provide the framework for Concept Plans which guide land use amendment and subdivision applications.
- High-level land uses (residential, commercial, industrial) within the identified future growth areas.
Sector Planning is part of the City’s next steps to manage growth into the future. Sector Plans are guided by and reside under an Official Community Plan (OCP). The Martensville OCP provides a comprehensive policy framework to guide the physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural development of the city.
- A Sector Plan provides a high-level land use and servicing policy framework for a large area of land. It outlines the general land uses, density of population, general location of major transportation routes and public utilities, sequencing of development and other matters considered necessary for development. Sector Plans help guide the preparation of subsequent concept plans.
- A Concept Plan is for a smaller area of land within a Sector Plan and shows more detail regarding land use, servicing and transportation systems and inform and guide the preparation of subsequent land use redesignation and subdivision applications.