New ward boundaries coming for 2020 Saskatoon city elections
Silverspring, Eastview, Brevoort Park neighbourhoods all moving to different wards
Saskatoon's Municipal Wards Commission has decided on new ward boundaries in time for next year's election.
The commission is moving a number of east-side neighbourhoods to different wards.
The move includes:
- Silverspring and University Heights Development Area moving from Ward 10 to Ward 5
- Wildwood moving from Ward 9 to Ward 8
- Eastview moving from Ward 7 to Ward 9
- Brevoort Park moving from Ward 8 to Ward 6
The provincial Cities Act mandates that ward boundaries be reviewed at least once during every three elections. It also triggers if it's found the population of a neighbourhood goes over or under a 10 per cent variation limit compared to other areas in the city.
Earlier this year, a review of ward boundaries found the populations of wards 7 and 10 were over the population limit, where wards 5 and 8 were below the limit.
The commission drafted three different options, then held public meetings to make their decision.
The public was concerned about adding neighbourhoods with different socio-economic conditions to wards, as well as splitting communities that are closely associated through community associations or recreational spaces.
The boundaries will also be in effect for the school boards election.
The commission is made up of Court of Queen's Bench Justice Richard Danyliuk, U of S Political Studies professor Joseph Garcea and City Clerk Joanne Sproule.
The next Saskatoon municipal and school board elections will be held Nov. 9, 2020.