Strong Downtown and Livable Neighbourhoods

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The Goal

A moderately more dense and livable city, especially downtown, with all neighbourhoods having access to low-impact transportation, diverse services and varied housing options.   

TARGET MEASURE BASELINE
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)

 Our Targets

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.

Rationale 

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.

Jurisdiction

High. Through planning and development regulation, the City influences new development. City jurisdiction in existing built areas is low.

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Progress

 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. 

More information

Read more about the City of Whitehorse's Planning Department and Community Economic Development Strategy.