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2021 May

Municipalities Today is a web-based newsletter published monthly by the Ministry of Government Relations. It lists deadlines, training opportunities, services and programs that may be of interest to Saskatchewan municipal administrators.

View past editions of Municipalities Today by visiting Publications Saskatchewan.

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1. Community Planning Education Material Update

Land use planning is voluntary in Saskatchewan. Municipalities can choose to regulate development within their boundaries through an official community plan and zoning bylaw, and regionally with neighbouring communities through a district plan. All municipal and district level land use bylaws must be consistent with The Planning and Development Act, 2007 and The Statements of Provincial Interest Regulations. This legislative framework is very detailed, and Community Planning is here to help!

The Planning 101 webinar (with presentation slides) cover a broad cross-section of Saskatchewan land use and community planning fundamentals, such as:

  • Roles of municipalities and Community Planning in managing land use and development;
  • Legislation and regulations guiding land use and development;
  • Land use and community planning bylaws;
  • Subdivision, dedicated lands and hazard lands;
  • Servicing agreements and development levies;
  • Asset management; and
  • Regional planning.

This pre-recorded, 3.5-hour webinar is designed to assist municipal elected and administration officials. The webinar can be watched in segments, paused anytime, rewound and provides flexibility to the viewer to learn in a manner that best suits their abilities and schedule. Special thanks to the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute for making this webinar and materials open to the public.

Stay tuned for additional education and training materials on the following land use planning and development topics:

  • The Statements of Provincial Interest Regulations
  • Official community plans
  • Zoning bylaws
  • Dedicated lands
  • Development Appeals Boards

Community Planning staff are available to answer your land use planning and development questions. Download our Community Planning Map to find your area consultant and general Community Planning contact information.

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2. Municipal Administrators' Corner

Key Tasks in May and June

  • By the 10th of each month, file your Education Property Tax (EPT) Return and previous month’s net collections electronically through Saskatchewan eTax Services (SETS).
  • Municipalities operating under The Municipalities Act or The Northern Municipalities Act, 2010 shall prepare annual financial statements on or before June 15, 2021. If your municipality is unable to meet this deadline, it will need to extend the time to complete the 2021 financial statement by passing a bylaw. A sample Extension of Time – Completion of Financial Statement bylaw is available on Publications Saskatchewan.
  • There is no legislated deadline for adopting the capital and operating budget; however, this must be done prior to authorizing a tax levy for 2021. The deadline for completing the tax roll is August 15.
  • The deadline for completion of the assessment roll is May 1 (April 1 for cities). If your municipality was unable to meet this deadline, it will need to extend the time for assessment roll preparation by passing a bylaw. A sample Extension of Time – Completion of Assessment Roll bylaw is available on Publications Saskatchewan. This bylaw needs to be passed prior to May 30 (April 30 for cities) and the time cannot be extended by more than 90 days beyond the legislated deadline for completion.
  • Within 15 days of completion of the assessment roll, a municipality must send assessment notices to assessed persons and publish a notice. The notice must be published in the Saskatchewan Gazette AND in one issue of a newspaper, or in any other manner the municipality considers appropriate. Online resources are available to boards of revision:
  • A recent amendment to section 81.1 of The Municipalities Act and to section 100.1 of The Northern Municipalities Act, 2010 requires that a council procedures bylaw have provisions for designating a person to call a special meeting if the position of administrator is vacant or the administrator is unable to act.

    Be sure your council procedures bylaw is amended as soon as possible to accommodate this amendment. This could be especially important to have in place during our current uncertain times of the pandemic should an administrator fall ill with COVID-19. It is a good idea for council and administration to consider what they will do if the administrator is unable to attend meetings.

Resources

These resources have been updated and are now available online:

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