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FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AREA – City council is being asked to amend the Official Community Plan to provide a new area for future development of residential housing lots in Whistle Bend. Map courtesy CITY OF WHITEHORSE

Council studies proposed Whistle Bend development

City council is being asked to approve a new residential development area in the Whistle Bend subdivision.

By Chuck Tobin on October 20, 2020

City council is being asked to approve a new residential development area in the Whistle Bend subdivision.

First reading of the required bylaw to amend the Official Community Plan (OCP) is scheduled to come forward next Monday, with a public hearing into the proposal scheduled for Nov. 23.

The 56 hectares in question are being referred to as Area C.

They were originally proposed as a recreation area to accommodate a new riding facility for the Yukon Horse and Riding Association.

The association used to have a facility in the same area, which is at the northwest corner of Whistle Bend.

“The association and city determined that a dense, urban neighbourhood was not the best fit for its purposes and the association dropped its interest in this land,” says the administrative report provided to council at its meeting Monday.

“The subject land now provides an opportunity for neighbourhood development.”

The amendment to the OCP would change the designation of Area C from greenspace to urban residential.

Area C will become the next area to be developed after the completion of phase seven of the current development schedule.

The Yukon government is the primary land owner and developer for Whistle Bend.

It has indicated it wants to begin detailed engineering work early next year to ensure there is a continuous supply of residential lots in the years to come, says the administrative report.

It notes the green space separating Area C from the Yukon River will be maintained.

Whistle Bend remains the city’s main growth area, the report points out.

Comments (10)

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Groucho d'North on Oct 24, 2020 at 5:15 pm

Many years ago a gentlemen named Brad Taylor built the subdivision known today as Pine Ridge. Perhaps the historians here could dig out the costs to build it, so we can have a comparison to today's status Quo? It demonstrates that we can progress without the government taint on everything.

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Sewsimple2002@yahoo.com on Oct 23, 2020 at 3:54 pm

Alex, your comment shows an incorrect understanding of how McIntyre came to be and of the negotiations, and band council decisions, that led to the relocation from unserviced older houses in very poor shape to new homes with full services. Kwanlin Dun elected chief and council decided to relocate after they consulted with their members. Kwanlin Dun still owns the land where the village was located, and they will decide what to do with it. The territorial government wasn't much more than an observer at the table.

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Anie on Oct 23, 2020 at 3:48 pm

Resident - as far back as I can remember, new lots have been sold at market value. To do differently would undermine the investments of existing home owners.

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Resident on Oct 21, 2020 at 1:59 pm

A reminder that the city doesn't set prices for these lots. YTG does and it was supposed to be cost recovery. Looks like someone decided the government needs to make a profit on land sales with these prices.

A $65k Copper Ridge lot in 2007 would be $82k today. Did costs really go up that much to be hitting $100k?

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Bud McGee on Oct 21, 2020 at 1:47 pm

@ Matthew
Correction. YOU can't afford a $100,000 lot. Many other people can.

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Matthew on Oct 21, 2020 at 7:20 am

We simply can't afford 100K lots..

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Terry Fleming on Oct 21, 2020 at 6:42 am

They should bulldoze the entire area and rebuild it. It’s called Job Security.

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Nathan Living on Oct 21, 2020 at 12:04 am

Council is doing a great job on this file.

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Alex on Oct 20, 2020 at 10:39 pm

Develop, develop, develop... just take your bulldozers to Kwanlin Dun lands and houses. That's how you simply dealt with matters in the past.

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Wilf Carter on Oct 20, 2020 at 3:41 pm

What a joke. Studying was done 15 years ago. Folks will this mayor get off of his high horse and get on with the job off developing housing before our city goes down the tubes social and economically?

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