Mayor Clark introduced the item and a motion to consider first reading of Bylaw No. 9737 was passed.
Lesley Anderson, Director of Planning and Development, Community Services Department, reviewed the Municipal Heritage Property Designation indicating that a Notice of Objection was received and outlined the process.
Lenore Swystun, Chair of the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee, spoke against the amendment and asked for the Bylaw to be withdrawn.
Marcel de la Gorgendiere, Board of Directors, Knox United Church, spoke in support of the amendment indicating that it is to remove the heritage designation from the land, not the church and outlined the impact of the transfer.
Ross Hinther spoke against the bylaw amendment. He displayed a photo of the Church during his presentation.
Karl Miller, CEO of Meridian Developments, spoke in support of the amendment displaying slides of other similar developments in other jurisdictions.
Bertrand Bartake , Kindrachuk Agrey, indicated that they are working with Meridian on the project and displayed slides regarding the history of the site as well as similar developments in other jurisdictions.
Susan Cross spoke against the proposed amendment.
Peggy Sarjeant, Saskatoon Heritage Society, spoke against the proposed amendment to allow for further exploration to celebrating heritage assets.
Brent Penner, Executive Director of Downtown YXE, spoke in support of the project outlining various reasons.
Norma Klassen spoke against the amendment.
Due to the response to COVID-19, there was no attendance by members of the public and therefore no speakers from the gallery.