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News archive for January 15, 2014

Council adopts blueprint for Hillcrest’s future

With a new neighbourhood plan in hand, Hillcrest residents are now anxious to get on with seeing the changes outlined become a reality.

By Stephanie Waddell on January 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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KATHRYN SECORD

With a new neighbourhood plan in hand, Hillcrest residents are now anxious to get on with seeing the changes outlined become a reality.

“Let’s keep the momentum,” Hillcrest resident Kathryn Secord told council Monday night, voicing her hope that the plan will “translate into tangible results.”

In her presentation to council, Secord thanked city staff for the work they put into the document and the hours they spent listening to concerns from community members.

She recalled her own experience as a member of the neighbourhood’s advisory committee focused on the plan.

Secord said she wasn’t excited about the process to begin with.

Like many, she wondered what kind of “diversion” the plan would be from work that needed to be done in the neighbourhood.

Secord’s goal in being part of the committee, she said, was to ensure the issues facing the neighbourhood were not lost in the plan.

The neighbourhood plan came following controversy over a proposed townhouse development in the area dominated by the single-level steelox duplexes.

Concerns over shadowing, privacy and neighbourhood character dominated discussions on the matter.

The city eventually approved interim height limits and placed other restrictions on the development while a neighborhood plan was developed.

Within the neighbourhood plan are a number of initiatives.

Those include building height limits of eight metres in the steelox area and nine metres elsewhere in the neighbourhood.

Design standards, local improvements and infill are also addressed in the plan, which serves as a “road map”, as Secord described, for the area.

With the neighbourhood plan now complete, residents are questioning when work will begin on zoning changes and the local improvements for the area.

Secord’s impatience once directed at getting the plan done is now aimed at getting the blueprint into action.

Before joining the rest of council in favour of the plan, Coun. John Streicker noted his support for it.

He also said he wanted to raise “one small flag” on the action items from the document.

Streicker then pointed to a section that would see some barricades added in greenbelt areas.

He suggested the city’s Persons With Disabilities Advisory Committee should be consulted when work on that goes ahead.

That’s because a number of people on the committee have stated in the past that barricades are not always the answer to keeping motorized vehicles off greenbelt trails, but rather that education is needed.

As Streicker stressed though, that’s something that can be dealt with when the city looks more closely at that issue.

Council was unanimous in passing the plan Monday night.

Councillors Kirk Cameron and Dave Stockdale were absent from the meeting.

By STEPHANIE WADDELL
Star Reporter

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Just Say'in

Jan 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm

“Neighbourhood Character of the Steelox’s” are you kidding? These guys are always saying any kind of development in the area will devalue their property. I hardly think that is possible. These places were designed to be very temporary emergency housing units around the time of the second world war. They outlived their usefulness 40 years ago. I understand and agree that entry level housing is needed and should be made available, but lets be truthful, it is a wonder that these places even pass a home inspection.

yukoner

Jan 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Another brain f—t brought to you buy the city of Whitehorse and the NIMBY good job guy way to stay consistent.

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