Saskatoon city council is endorsing a major plan that will determine the shape of the city's downtown.

The City Centre Plan is a 15 year look at how Saskatoon plans to build its core neighbourhoods.

The sweeping plan calls for a number of big changes to how downtown neighbourhoods will be built, including: 

  • New public squares.
  • More parkades to replace surface level parking lots.
  • Narrower streets that are easier to cross.
  • More tall buildings in the downtown.
  • Heated sidewalks for winter.
  • More bike lanes in the downtown.
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An artist's rendering of what 21st Street could look like if the City Centre plan is implemented. (City of Saskatoon)

The plan's authors estimates 15,000 people will be living in the downtown neighbourhood over the next 20 to 30 years.

The city said most of the plan will be paid for by the private sector through taxation.