Project History

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Whistle Bend, also known as the Porter Creek Bench, was first identified for residential development in the 1994 Official Community Plan; however, the Planning Process to make this development a reality began in 2006. The following is a brief account of the History of Whistle Bend.

Master Plan/Engineering Contract Approval

In the Spring of 2008, the City retained AECOM (formerly UMA Engineering Ltd.) to undertake the next phase of planning for the Whistle Bend. This phase of planning built upon the work completed at the 2006 Porter Creek Bench Charrette. The project team was tasked with continuing the strong public participation process and developing a detailed area Master Plan. The Plan was to be based on the "Whistle Bend Community Concept Plan" that was created through the charrette process. The Master Plan dictates the location of major utilities, roadways and land uses, and is the basis for the phasing of neighbourhood construction. 

Official Naming of Whistle Bend

City Council voted to officially approve the name "Whistle Bend" at the regular Council meeting on June 23, 2008. The name Whistle Bend was developed through the 2006 charrette process and refers to the historical nature of the area. During the gold rush, steamships navigating the Yukon River used to blow their whistles at this point to alert other ships of their presence.

Master Plan Concept Approval

The Whistle Bend Master Plan concept is based on the Charrette Concept and all public consultation to date and was approved by City Council on February 23rd, 2009. The Master Plan serves as a basis for the next level of planning - Phasing, Subdivision Design, and Zoning. 

Zoning Approval for Phases 1 and 2

The zoning for Phases 1 and 2 of Whistle Bend received Council approval on July 27, 2009. Whistle Bend zoning builds on the Comprehensive Zoning developed for Ingram, Stan McCowan, and Takhini North. This zoning is designed to enhance the streetscape, and provide a more pedestrian friendly neighbourhood.
For more information on the approved zoning click the links below:

  • Whistle Bend Zoning Regulations
  • Phase 1 Zoning Map (broken link)
  • Phase 2 Zoning Map (broken link)
  • Administrative Report (broken link)
  • Public Hearing Report (broken link)

Subdivision Approval for Phases 1 and 2

The subdivision plans for Phases 1 and 2 of Whistle Bend were officially approved by City Council on August 24th, 2009.

Phase 1

  • 93 single family lots
  • 8 duplex lots
  • 9 multiple family lots
  • 1 commercial lot
  • 1 park lot

Phase 2 

  • 101 single family lots (20 larger Restricted Residential lots)
  • 26 duplex lots
  • 48 townhouse lots
  • 8 multiple family lots
  • 1 community use lot
  • 2 park lots

YESAB Recommendations for Whistle Bend Phases 1 and 2

YESAB hosted a Public Meeting on January 14th, 2010 to discuss Phases 1 and 2 the Whistle Bend Neighbourhood Development. Information presented by the City of Whitehorse.

YESAB completed their assessment of Whistle Bend Phases 1 and 2 on February 16th, 2010 and provided 38 recommendations in there Evaluation Report. 

Next Steps

The City will now prepare a Development Agreement that will set out the schedule, process, requirements, and regulations for the construction phase of development. This Agreement will be signed by the Yukon Government and the City. The City will then turn this project over to the Yukon Government for detailed design and construction.

Design for off-site infrastructure improvements – road upgrades, lift station improvements, and reservoir expansion – is tentatively scheduled for the Winter of 2009, with contracts for off-site construction being awarded in the Spring of 2010. 

Detailed engineering for on-site infrastructure, which includes underground servicing (sewer, water, utilities), roads, lighting, and trails, is scheduled for completion over the following winter (2010). Actual on-site construction at Whistle Bend is expected to continue until 2013. Land lotteries for Phases 1 and 2 are tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2012 and 2013 respectively.



Kinden Kosick, Planner,, (867) 668-8348