What is the Downtown Plan?
Home to businesses, public spaces, historic sites, public institutions, cultural and entertainment venues, and two distinct neighbourhoods, the Downtown area is a hub of day-to-day life for Whitehorse residents.
It is also a place that has undergone considerable change over the past decade – including waterfront redevelopment, a building “boom”, and a growing residential population.
The intent of the 2018 Downtown Plan process was to “fine tune” the direction for Downtown Whitehorse and chart the specific actions needed to keep it a vibrant and vital part of our community over the next 10 years and beyond.
What's included in the Plan?
The Downtown Plan creates a blueprint for Downtown Whitehorse’s future in three key ways:
- Urban design and/or capital projects (i.e., changes to the physical environment)
- Programs and/or initiatives
- Policies that affect how the Downtown functions and develops
The Plan considers many aspects of the Downtown, including business, heritage, transportation, housing, public spaces, health and safety, environment, arts and entertainment, sustainability, active transportation, and land development.
How does the Downtown Plan fit in with other planning work?
The Downtown Plan was undertaken at the same time as a plan for the Marwell industrial area with an eye to a “Greater Downtown” for Whitehorse. The two projects shared the same overall timeline and process but resulted in distinct, unique plans. Check out www.whitehorse.ca/marwell for the Marwell Plan project.
Both planning projects will feed into the upcoming Official Community Plan review.
The planning process
The Downtown and Marwell planning projects kicked off in March 2017 and were completed in June 2018 when they were adopted by City Council.