The Northern Village of Île-à-la-Crosse is located in north-central Saskatchewan at the base of peninsula extending into Lac Île-à-la-Crosse. The Northern Village has a long history by being the second oldest community in northern Saskatchewan. Then in 1846, Roman Catholic Missionaries arrived and constructed the Chateau St. Jean Mission and a neighbouring school. The Sisters of Charity of the Roman Catholic Church was initiated soon after and still plays a prominent role within the community. This strong Mètis community is the birthplace of Louis Riel Sr. and became the home to Sister Margaret Riel, whose brother was Louis Riel. Île-à-la-Crosse has continued to grow to a population of 1296 in 2016 and has even worked with the prominent Aboriginal architect Douglas Cardinal who constructed a facility that is used as the community hospital, health clinic and high school.
Draft Official Community Plan (2017): The Planning for Growth North program has created a draft OCP that members of Council and the Community can provide feedback on any changes they would like to see before a final copy will be prepared for adoption. The OCP also contains Future Land Use Maps, outlining the direction that the community intends to grow.
Draft Zoning Bylaw (2017): The Planning for Growth North program has created a draft Zoning Bylaw that members of Council and the Community can provide feedback on any changes they would like to see before a final copy will be prepared for adoption. The Zoning Bylaw also contains Zoning Maps which divides the community into Zoning Districts, and a Use Table which shows which uses are allowed in each Zoning District.
PLEDCO Housing Study: Île-à-la-Crosse is partnering with the Primrose Lake Economic Development Corporation to determine future housing needs for the community. This housing study is currently underway as research is being conducted to determine what is available within the community, and based on population growth, how these needs will be changing in the future. With the enhancement of economic development within the region, it is anticipated that additional mixed-housing types will be needed to accommodate and growing, and changing population.
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Flood Hazard Level (2012): The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, now referred to as the Water Security Agency, released in 2012 an updated elevation levels for Île-à-la-Crosse that shows the areas within the municipality that have an increased likelihood of flooding within the municipality. This map is important to understand where municipal constraints exist 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.
Wildfire Risk Assessment (2005): The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment actively attempts to educate residents about the threat of fire within municipalities. They conducted an assessment of each municipality to determine the likelihood of wildfires, and implement FireSmart principles to help reduce the chances of wildfires starting.
Île-à-la-Crosse Community Development Plan (2001): The Northern Village hired UMA Engineering in 2001 to review and construct a development plan for the community. This document projects growth within the community over the next 20 - 30 years and provides conceptual maps for infrastructural development.
Regional Context (2001): In order to understand the strengths and challenges that Île-à-la-Crosse faces, it is important to see where it is geographically located in Northern Saskatchewan. This map shows the location of Île-à-la-Crosse within the region and neighbouring municipalities and entities.
Municipal Constraints (2001): There are certain areas within the municipal boundary of Île-à-la-Crosse that are unsuitable for future development because of existing infrastructure, areas set aside as buffers between land-uses, flood levels, or natural impediments, such as muskeg or rivers.
Flood Elevation - Map 2: Due to the location of Île-à-la-Crosse being on a peninsula, there are concerns about potential flooding. This map shows the flood elevation levels within the peninsula, and subsequently areas that are suitable, and unsuitable, for future development.
Existing Community (2001): The following set of maps shows aerial photographs of the existing Île-à-la-Crosse community as it was in 2001. It is important to have these forms of maps to see what is currently in the municipality in order to know how future development will change in the future.
Overall Site Plan - Map 3: This map provides an overview of potential development of the main community along the peninsula and the layout for the next four maps.
Sector One (S1) Site Plan - Map 4: This map shows a satellite map of the most southern part of the built community on the peninsula, and where existing lot lines are currently surveyed. These lot lines are place on top of the satellite photo to show where the existing development is located and shows the vacant lots because of a lack of development.
Sector Two (S2) Site Plan - Map 5: This map shows a satellite map of a more northern portion of the community that is located higher up on the peninsula. Map 5 also shows where the current lot lines are on top of the satellite photo to show where development has occurred and which lots remain vacant.
Sector Three (S3) Site Plan - Map 6: This map shows another satellite photo of the municipality that is located north of existing development over an area that includes "The Farms". Map 6 also shows where the lagoon is located and connecting infrastructure.
Sector Four (S4) Site Plan - Map 7: This map shows the most western portion of the municipality that extends out from the main peninsula to another point. The satellite photo shows the existing development, and the lot lines show where potential development can occur.
Current Land Use (2001): In order to understand how development and planning can change in the future, a review of current and existing uses for areas within the municipality is needed. This map shows how the land within Île-à-la-Crosse is currently being used (i.e., residential areas, commercial areas, etc).
Sector One (S1) Existing Land Use - Map 8: This map is a close up of the most southern tip of the peninsula showing how the area is being utilized.
Sector Two (S2) Existing Land Use - Map 9: This map shows a map of a more northern portion of the community that is located higher up on the peninsula. This map also shows how the area is being utilized.
Sector Three (S3) Existing Land use - Map 10: This map shows another map of the municipality that is located north of existing development over an area that includes "The Farms". This map also shows how this section is currently being used.
Future Land Use Maps (2001): The Community Development 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:
Development Areas - Map 11: This map shows an overview of the different sections of Île-à-la-Crosse that have future development potential.
Sector Three (S3) Conceptual Land Use - Map 12: This map shows the future concept plans for development in the sector three at the northern end of the built community.
Future Health Facility - Map 13: This map shows the location in sector one where the future health facility could be built.
Future Cemetery - Map 14: This map shows the location in sector three where the future cemetery could be located.
Infrastructure Expansion (2001): In anticipation of growth for the Northern Village of Île-à-la-Crosse, the expansion of existing waterworks infrastructure to provide services to future residents must be considered. Map 15 identifies how the waterworks services will need to be expanded to accommodate additional residential subdivisions in sector three.
Sewer Expansion (2001): As population, subdivisions and services expand within the municipality, the sewer infrastructure will need to be upgraded and expanded to accommodate this. Map 16 shows how the expansion of the sewer system will need to be implemented to accommodate the growth.
Typical Lot Dimensions (2001): When subdivisions are developed, building regulations from the Zoning Bylaw govern the spacing within or between land uses, such as roads, principle buildings, and flood-prone areas. Map 17 shows the dimensions governed through the Zoning Bylaw for subdivision development.
Basic Planning Statement (1987): The Village of Île- à-la-Crosse completed a Basic Planning Statement back in 1987. This document was approved by the Community Planning Branch and outlines the direction of development within the community. The community is currently participating in the Planning for Growth Program, so as soon as the new Official Community Plan is adopted by leadership and approved by the Community Planning Branch, it will replace this document.
Zoning Bylaw (1987): The Village of Île- à-la-Crosse also adopted a Zoning Bylaw when the Official Community Plan was adopted. The Zoning Bylaw outlines the implementation standards within the municipality. Similar to the Basic Planning Statement, as soon as the new Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw is approved by leadership and the Community Planning Branch it will replace this document.