Downtown Plan - Documents

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June 2018 - Final Planweb1 - strickland-crop

April 2018 - Draft Plan

Click here for the draft plan. The Planning Team is currently revising the draft based on recent public feedback on the draft plan. 

 Fall 2017 Documents

The following documents include results from the October 25 workshop, the September online survey and other fall engagement events.


Draft Vision, Goals, and Actions - September 2017

In September 2017, the planning team released the draft vision, goals, and actions for the Downtown Plan (please note this is the original document and does not reflect feedback yet). Stakeholders and the public were invited to comment via an online survey and several "Pop-Up" events in September. The team is currently reviewing the feedback and adjusting the vision, goals and actions for the draft plan.

Downtown "What We Heard" Document

Click the "What We Heard" document to read a summary of public consultation results for the Downtown Plan from April-July 2017.

Downtown Plan-a-Thon Materials

Over 150 people - including representatives from local/Territorial/First Nation governments, stakeholders, and the public – participated in the June Plan-a-Thon sessions held for the Dowotown Plan. Thanks to everyone who came out! The primary purposes of the Plan-a-Thon were for the project team to report back on what was heard during the April Future Forum and other engagement events through May, to share what we've learned so far, and to begin evaluating and confirming potential planning directions for the Downtown and Marwell Plans. Draft renderings and concept plans from the design stations were also developed to visually capture some of the main ideas being explored for the Downtown and Marwell plan areas. The draft concepts will be refined during future phases of the planning process (Phases 3 and 4). Click the links below for the Downtown draft concepts. For the Marwell concepts please go here.

Document Description

Downtown What We Heard

A condensed summary of what was heard from governments, stakeholders, and the public on Downtown during Phase 1 (Background Research).

Downtown Draft Planning Directions

A summary of the draft planning directions that could be explored in the Downtown Plan as a result of what was heard and other key background research. Plan-a-Thon participants were asked to identify if any other directions were missing and to rank them based on priorities.

Downtown Overall Draft Concept

Preliminary overall concept that was produced during the Plan-a-Thon that is meant to be refined.
Downtown and Marwell Greenway Concept Preliminary concept of proposed greenway corridors and trail connections in Downtown and Marwell.
Downtown Concept - Waterfront Freight Shed A draft concept idea of a new freight shed at the Waterfront Wharf area as an events venue and to act as a wind break and shelter.
Downtown Concept - Mixed-Use Civic Building A draft concept idea of a new mixed-use parking building Downtown with such features as ground floor retail, a transit hub, underground and covered parking, and a civic space. 
Downtown Concept - Transit Bus Hub Concept A draft concept idea of a proposed transit hub along 2nd Avenue near Steele Street. 

Downtown Concept - Black Street Greenway 1

Downtown Concept - Black Street Greenway 2

A draft concept idea to enhance the Black Street corridor as a primary active transportation route with more emphasis of pedestrian and bike amenities.
Downtown Concept - Waterfront Commercial Opportunity A draft concept idea to place a small commercial building located along the Waterfront as a means to increase the vibrancy of the area.


Downtown Action Plan Initial Ideas List

condensed list of potential ideas was created as as background reference document prior to work commencing on the 2017 Downtown Plan. This is a list of unimplemented ideas for improvements to Downtown. 

Background Reports (by order of year completed)

  1. Downtown Retail and Entertainment Strategy (2016)
  2. Vulnerable People at Risk: Forum and Business Roundtable Summary (2016)
  3. Resource Development Preparedness Strategy (2016)
  4. Development Incentives Policy (2015)
  5. Whitehorse Sustainability Plan (2015)
  6. Community Economic Development Strategy (2015)
  7. Whitehorse Transportation Demand Management Plan (2014)
  8. Heritage Restoration Incentive Policy (2013)
  9. Zoning Bylaw (2012)
  10. Downtown South Master Plan (2011)
  11. Downtown Parking Management Plan (2011)
  12. Heritage Registry (2011)
  13. Official Community Plan (2010)
  14. Trail Plan (2007)
  15. Parks and Recreation Master Plan (2007)
  16. Downtown Plan (2007)
  17. City-Wide Transportation Study (2004)
  18. Geohazard Risk Study, Whitehorse Escarpment (2002)
  19. City of Whitehorse Heritage Bylaw (2002)
  20. City of Whitehorse Heritage Fund Bylaw (2002)
  21. Significant Wildlife Area Report (2000)
  22. Riverfront Design Guidelines (2000)
  23. Yukon River Corridor Plan (1999)
  24. Downtown Riverfront Plan (1998)
  25. Soil, Terrain, and Wetland Study (1997)

Get in touch with us!

For more information please contact Ben Campbell, Planner, at 668-8338 or email