A moderately more dense and livable city, especially downtown, with all neighbourhoods having access to low-impact transportation, diverse services and varied housing options.
Increase livability of all neighbourhoods
|Establish criteria and targets by 2020||none|
Increase downtown population density
|Increase by 10% by 2020||2014: 634 people per km²|
|Increase population of downtown and neighbourhoods closest to downtown||1% increase by 2020||31% of total Whitehorse population (Dec. 2014)|
Increase Livability of all neighbourhoods
Increase Downtown Population Density
Downtown is the jewel in the crown that is Whitehorse. Increasing the population of downtown is one way of ensuring it remains vibrant, while also encouraging a more compact built form.
Increase Population of downtown and neighbourhoods closest to downtown
A compact vibrant city relies on people living in it, making full use of its amenities, and creating the social connections that make a strong community. The neighbourhoods included in this target are Whitehorse's oldest and most established: Riverdale, Downtown, Hillcrest, Valleyview, and Takhini. This target reflects that these neighbourhoods need to stay vibrant while newer neighbourhoods like Whistle Bend fill out.
A vibrant, mixed-use downtown encourages active transportation, local businesses, civic pride, and tourism. Livable neighbourhoods attract residents and businesses. They have housing to suit different ages, abilities, and incomes, and amenities to meet daily needs.
High. Through planning and development regulation, the City influences new development. City jurisdiction in existing built areas is low.
Good: Whitehorse has a thriving downtown and waterfront, despite dispersed development and steep areas separating downtown from other parts of the city. Many services are located in neighbourhoods.