Commercial and Industrial Land Study

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The City of Whitehorse is undertaking a study of commercial and industrial lands located outside of the Downtown core in advance of the upcoming review of the City’s 2010 Official Community Plan (OCP), anticipated in 2018/19. A consulting team led by Groundswell Planning has been hired to undertake this work. The objectives of this study are to:  

  • Assess and determine future demand for commercial and industrial lands within Whitehorse (outside of Downtown); and 
  • Identify land use and other policy options to ensure the supply of commercial and industrial lands can meet future demand and industry needs. 

The lands of interest in this study are zoned CH-Highway Commercial, CIM-Mixed-Use Commercial/Industrial, IS-Service Industrial, and IH-Heavy Industrial.

Public Engagement

Several public engagement opportunities are planned for this study. Have your say by participating in any, or all, of the following activities: 

1. Fill out an online survey (will be activated soon). This survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, and is open to property and business owners currently operating in the following zones: CH-Highway Commercial, CIM-Mixed-Use Commercial/Industrial, IS-Service Industrial, and IH-Heavy Industrial

2. Attend one, or more, of the following focus group sessions. Sessions are open to existing and prospective property and business owners. Events will occur in a central and accessible location - details will be emailed closer to the date. An RSVP is required (will be activated soon).    

  • Session 1: TBA
    Planning for Highway Commercial and Mixed-Use Commercial/Industrial Lands 
    Discussion will focus on challenges and opportunities in the Marwell, Hillcrest, Kopper King, Spruce Hill, and Alaska Highway corridor commercial and mixed-use areas. Marwell topics will build on the recently adopted Marwell Plan 
  • Session 2: TBA
    Planning for Service Industrial Lands 
    Discussion will focus on challenges and opportunities in the Kulan, Taylor, Mount Sima, MacRae, and Alaska Highway corridor industrial areas.  
  • Session 3: TBA
    Planning for Heavy Industrial Lands 
    Join us to talk about heavy industrial activities that require larger land parcels and buffers to mitigate potential nuisances (e.g. noise, dust, vibration).  
  • Session 4: TBA
    Meeting the Needs of the Food, Beverage, and Cannabis Production Sectors
    Tell us about the specific needs of these emerging sectors in terms of land, servicing, and other requirements. Discussion includes indoor agriculture (e.g. hydroponics, aquaponics).  

3. Request an in-person or phone meeting with project staff, to occur in TBA. 

What's next? 

An intergovernmental workshop is being planned for winter 2019 to discuss land use and other policy options. A draft of the study is anticipated to be ready in early spring. 



Jane Koepke, Project Manager, Groundswell Planning, (867) 335-3346,

Erica Beasley, Planner, City of Whitehorse, (867) 668-8600,

Greg Stone, Intern, City of Whitehorse, (867) 336-2097,