Photo by Whitehorse Star
Photo by Whitehorse Star
The city is proposing to create 13 new lots in established neighbourhoods, including country residential areas.
Mike Ellis, the city’s acting manager of planning and sustainability, brought forward the proposal at Monday evening’s city council meeting.
If council votes to move forward next week with the plan, Ellis said, a public consultation period would get underway immediately. Residents have until June 16 to provide comments.
The 13 lots to be created would be:
• in Logan on Finch Crescent in between Magpie Road and Falcon Road;
• in Ingram on Sandpiper Drive near Mallard Drive;
• in Granger on Wilson Drive toward Hayes Place;
• in Hidden Valley on Couch Road behind Hidden Valley School near the Mayo Road;
• in Mary Lake with three potential properties on Fireweed Drive;
• in Cowley Creek on Salmon Trail near Dolly Varden Drive;
• in Porter Creek on Wann Road near Holy Family School; and
• in Whitehorse Copper with four potential sites along Talus Drive.
While work continues on developing the new Whistle Bend neighbourhood, Ellis said, “it is important to augment development in that neighbourhood with new opportunities throughout the city to ensure there is an adequate supply of housing and help ease escalation in housing prices.”
Properties for Phase 3 of Whistle Bend are set to be released in the fall, with the first lots of Phase 4 forecast to become available in 2018.
“However, with the current supply being limited, administration is looking to augment land releases in Whistle Bend with other land development options in neighbourhoods throughout the municipality,” Ellis said.
He highlighted city policies like the sustainability plan and Official Community Plan (OCP), which increase housing in existing neighbourhoods.
The city and Yukon government agreed to partner up in looking for potential sites that could be used for housing throughout the city.
“Administration has identified 13 locations that will be brought forward for public consultation,” Ellis said.
“The search was limited to OCP-compliant land that has no currently known significant recreational uses.”
The country residential sites would need rezoning should the proposal go ahead.
“While administration is committed to the land development process, input from local residents on the type and form of housing is important,” Ellis stated in his report to council.
“As such, there will be a consultation process with local residents and the general public to determine the best approach to development.”
After Coun. Rob Fendrick asked for further details, Ellis said the consultation would be done online, with a significant advertising campaign to inform residents of the potential plans.
Signs would also be posted on the sites being considered to let people know what may be developed on the site.
Coun. Samson Hartland pointed to the city’s goal of having a two-year supply of lots available in the city.
In response, Ellis noted that sales in Whistle Bend have witnessed a bit of a yo-yo pattern.
They flowed fairly slowly at first, then unexpectedly quickened – making things difficult to predict .
Ellis said exactly when the 13 lots might be released will depend on a number of factors. Those include what comes out of the consultation process and any zoning, subdivision or other such processes that follow.
Council will vote on whether to move ahead with the process next week.
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