Project Overview

Our vision for the Solair development is to build the largest “green” renewable energy based, sustainable community in Canada. Solair will provide an unparalleled opportunity for innovation and development of solar technology, stormwater management, and home building innovation to create a high-quality community that will set a new standard to the way suburban development needs to be built. We are driven to showcase how careful and creative planning and development practices can be geared towards ecological, environmental and quality of life goals while remaining economically viable.

The Solair development is a joint venture between Arbutus Properties and the Franko family of Saskatoon. The community, when complete, will consist of over 2,200 homes and approximately 7,000 residents living in condos, townhomes and single-family homes at a variety of price points.

The Solair project will result in a $350 million investment over the next 5 to 7 years that will create up to 200 jobs. This is a master planned neighbourhood with design and technical guidelines.

Urban Eco Living

We are committed to building a green and sustainable neighbourhood. To reach a goal of being Canada’s largest sustainable community, we are committed to the Six Pillars of sustainability developed in partnership with the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Regional Planning department.

LOCATION + LINKAGE

Solair will be located on a Greenfield site in the city’s south-east corner, adjacent to Saskatoon’s newest neighbourhood, The Meadows. The Solair community will rely upon existing municipal services making it more efficient and avoiding the need to make an additional significant investment in major trunk service extension by the city. Active transportation and transit services can be readily expanded into the community from adjacent development as well.

PATTERN + DESIGN

Sustainable communities allow for and promote interaction between neighbours and those living in a community. Streets are designed to calm traffic and make biking and walking comfortable and enjoyable. Offering a mix of single family and higher density cluster housing will allow for more green space, trails, bikeways and pathways all within a standard city grid system. A community retail “High Street” will enable residents to live, shop and work in the neighbourhood.

WATER

Focus will be given on a more sustainable water management strategy to maintain gardens and parks. Solair will be designed to retain and manage stormwater on site to reduce the installation of deep underground pipes. This will result in the creation of swales, rain gardens and ponds. The use of indigenous plants will avoid the need for irrigation and constant use of a scares resource. Natural wetlands will be preserved and integrated into the water management system.

HUMAN HEALTH + WELL BEING

More green space and reduced paved surfaces will encourage a pedestrian-oriented environment with full connectivity to the existing communities of Saskatoon through bike networks and public transportation. Use of lighted pathways and trails throughout the community will support walking and riding in safe and green environments.

SOIL + VEGETATION

The development of Solair will focus working on retaining as much natural vegetation as possible. Should disturbance occur, all re-planting will consist of indigenous trees, plants and grasses to re-establish prairie landscape. Maintaining and working with existing soil regimes, plus avoiding imported and foreign plant species will minimize disturbance of heritage plant species.

GREEN BUILDING

Building technologies are rapidly changing. Sustainable communities will focus on self-generation of renewable energy and well-built, efficient homes that will use less energy for heating and cooling. Solair will harness the power of the sun through a community solar photovoltaic system. Each home will be equipped with solar panels to contribute to a district solar renewable power source.

Contact Us

Looking for more information about Solair? We’d love to hear from you.

Project Director

Murray Totland,
Arbutus Properties
(306) 955-1554