The Northern Village of Green Lake is one of the oldest communities in Saskatchewan with the North West Company first establishing a post in 1782, and the Hudson's Bay Company opening a competing post in 1799. The fur trade industry has had a prominent history in this area continuing up to the 1970's when the Hudson's Bay Company post closed.
The community is located in north-west Saskatchewan at the southern end of Highway 155 that extends north to La Loche, SK. It also lies along Highway 55 that extends west to the neighbouring City of Meadow Lake, which is about half-an-hour away from the municipality.
The Northern Village is committed to creating a sustainable future for residents by proactively planning for the future through planning. Many reviews and consultations have occurred to determine the best course of action for the municipality to reach this goal of sustainability.
Under the Planning for Growth North program, Green Lake adopted a new Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw which came into effect on November 9, 2012.
Green Lake is a community that is proud of its Métis culture, language, history, and traditions. As we recognize that our natural resources, traditional knowledge and water are sacred, we ensure that any developments are guided by the need to ensure that these are protected. We are an active and vibrant community that is growing and where our traditional values and knowledge are important components of our growth and development. We strive to encourage residents to make their lives what they want, while respecting our waters and natural environment. - Green Lake Vision Statement
Implementation of the Great Canadian Métis Heritage Commons: This three phase development to promote the history of the Métis in the Green Lake region is in its initial stages. Check out the resources posted below that outline the details of this project.
*All plans and bylaws available for download on this site may not include amendments and should not be used for legal purposes*
Official Community Plan (2013): Green Lake is in the final stages of the Planning for Growth Northern Program, and will be adopting their Official Community Plan in 2013. The implementation process will soon be underway and the vision within this plan is directing all future development within the municipality.
Property Ownership Maps (2013): In order to best select areas for future development for the Northern Village of Green Lake, it is important to know who currently owns property within the municipality.
Property Ownership - Map 1: Provides an overview of the entire municipality and the location of the forthcoming maps.
Future Land Use Maps (2013): The Official Community Plan is about outlining the best location for types of future development to occur. It is beneficial to group similar land-uses together for various reasons, such as, easy access to lots, noise, aesthetic views, existing zoning, or adjacent land uses. These maps identify the most ideal locations for various types of development:
Future Land Use Key - Map 2: Provides an overview of the entire municipality and the location of the forthcoming maps.
Zoning Bylaw (2013): This document, also adopted in 2013, outlines all the logistics and regulations associated with building and development within the municipal boundaries of the Northern Village of Green Lake. The regulations and standards enforced through this document allows for the consistent implementation of building and development within the municipality.
Zoning Districts Maps (2013): The Zoning Bylaw is about the implementation of regulations that control building and development within the Northern Village of Green Lake. By having certain districts agglomerated in certain areas there is less likelihood for opposing land uses and frustration between property users. These maps show the different districts within the municipality.
Community Highlights (2012): The Saskatchewan Ministry of First Nations and Metis Relations, with help of the Ministry of the Economy conducted a snapshot in 2012 of the key components of the community, including: local government, demographics, economic environment, training and education, infrastructure, housing, emergency services, recreational opportunities, and the community's distance from larger centres.
Beaver River AEGP: In 2011, some farmers within the municipality of Green Lake participated in the Beaver River Agri-Environmental Group Plan educational series promoting awareness of ecological and environmental risks farmers face in their area. Through the field days, newsletters and on-farm consultations, farmers are taught prevention techniques and how to mitigate existing challenges. This document provides an outline of the information and exercises the participants undertook.
AEGP Boundaries (2012/13): This document shows where the Agri-Environmental Group Plans throughout Saskatchewan exist. The Northern Village of Green Lake falls within the Beaver River Group Plan in the Northwest.
Beaver River Newsletter (2011): This newsletter released in 2011 outlines how the AEGP program can help farmers and some of the activities participants partook in while undertaking the program.
Economic Development Plan (2009): In order to determine the direction of economic development within the Northern Village of Green Lake, a plan specific for this municipal interest was published in 2009. This document outlines various potential economic ventures available for the Northern Village and the likelihood of completion and success.
Community Action Plan (2008): The Northern Village of Green Lake participated in the Municipal Capacity Development Program in 2008 to assess existing skills within the community, and determine a vision for the community for the future. Facilitators worked with residents to categorize components of the community that are strengths, challenges, and strong foundations to build upon. This document provides great consultation insight into local perceptions of development within the municipality of Green Lake.
Tourism Development Plan (2007): In order to determine the direction of developing sustainable tourism within the municipality, the Northern Village of Green lake conducted a plan in 2007 to determine which forms of tourism should be encouraged. This document outlines possible tourism ventures, along with the policies and steps that need to occur for the venture to succeed.
Basic Planning Statement (1986): Since the Official Community Plan of this program has not been adopted yet within Green Lake, the Basic Planning Statement adopted in 1986 is still in effect. This document was approved by the Community Planning Branch and outlines the direction of development.
Zoning Bylaw (1986): Prior to the Northern Village of Green Lake completing their Official Community Plan and thereby adopting a new set of Zoning Bylaws, this Zoning Bylaw created in 1986 outlines the implementation standards within the municipality.
Community Development Plan - Map 1: Outlines the zoning districts of the municipality of Green Lake.