This project was a joint land development partnership between the City of Whitehorse and the Yukon Government. Now that all appropriate zoning and subdivision approvals have been completed, each government will be disposing of their own land.
City owned lots:
- Arkell - Lots on Sandpiper Drive will be serviced and sold in summer 2019;
- Whitehorse Copper - Lots on Talus Drive are undergoing further environmental assessment regarding drainage;
- Mary Lake - Lots on Fireweed Drive were sold in 2018.
Yukon Government Owned Lots:
- Hidden Valley;
- Porter Creek; - Lot on Wann Road was sold in May 2019.
- Granger; - Lot on Wilson Drive was sold in May 2019.
- Cowley Creek - Lots on Salmon Drive were sold in May 2019.
It is expected that the remaining lots will be made available later in 2019. For information on these lots, visit the Yukon Government Land Sales site.
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In early 2017, the City and Yukon Government (YG) identified 13 parcels of land in 8 different Whitehorse neighbourhoods that could be developed for housing. Depending on the location, each could have between 1 and 5 housing lots. Three parcels were ultimately excluded due to technical concerns.
An initial survey about development potential and existing uses of these green space areas was conducted in May-June 2017, and a summary was created. Environmental background work was also completed. These documents can be accessed at the links below:
Based on this information, City developed more detailed lot layout and zoning information and Council has voted to proceed to a second round of consultation.
Council voted to proceed with eight additional housing sites in existing neighbourhoods. Sites were approved in Hidden Valley, Porter Creek, Logan, Arkell, Granger, Whitehorse Copper, Mary Lake, and Cowley Creek. For more information on the zoning amendment process, or to access reports, bylaws, and appendices, visit www.whitehorse.ca/amendments.
Mapping of each site can be downloaded below:
Why is the City considering new lots in existing neighbourhoods?
Whitehorse has a steadily growing population that requires additional housing. The major focus for housing development since 2012 has been Whistle Bend, which is expected to provide housing for another 10+ years. The City is considering additional housing lots in existing neighbourhoods to augment supply to help ease housing price escalation and keep homes affordable for families.
Why is the City examining the possibility of new lots in my neighbourhood?
As there is a temporary gap in lot availability in Whistle Bend, it is important to get additional supply to market in the short term. By developing housing lots in existing neighbourhoods, there isn’t a need to construct new infrastructure (roads/sewer/water). This is also a way to more efficiently use existing City services.
How did the City choose the proposed development areas?
The urban sites (Magpie, Sandpiper, Wilson) were chosen as they already have zoning that would allow housing development and they are adjacent to servicing. The country residential sites (Talus/Moraine, Fireweed, Salmon) were chosen based on contour mapping and site visits. The City is also undertaking some background work regarding environmental issues (geotech/hydrology).
Locations identified are supported for development by policies in the Official Community Plan (OCP) and Sustainability Plan. The City is not aware of significant recreational uses in these locations. Within the urban containment boundary (UCB, as shown on Map 5 of the OCP) all parcels are already zoned for development. Outside the UCB, all parcels would also need rezoning prior to any development. The OCP would only support country residential development
What could get built on the proposed development sites?
The current proposal is for housing development, so any sites that move forward would have some type of residential use constructed on them. This could take the form of single family (with or without a suite), duplex, or (for urban locations only) multiple family construction. Typically, when new housing is integrated into existing built areas the new housing should be similar in form and scale to the existing housing. It is important to get input from local residents to help integrate any new development into the neighbourhood.
When might the lots be available?
There is significant Council and public process that needs to be completed prior to lot sales. If this results in a Council decision to proceed, it is expected that a lottery could be held late in 2017 or early 2018.
How can I purchase one of these lots?
If the proposed lots proceed through the Council approval processes, there would likely be two separate (but simultaneous) land lotteries, as some of the lots are owned by the City and some are owned by the Yukon Government. If the proposed development areas move forward to sale, each government will be advertising, watch your local newspaper and the government websites.
How do I send my input to the City?
You can provide comments to the City emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The first round of consultation, an information-gathering survey, was held from May 24th to June 18th. Future opportunities for input will be advertised widely.
How can I get more information?