The provision for a road through the proposed McIntyre Creek park should be removed from the proposed Official Community Plan (OCP), says the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS).
Maegan Elliott, the conservation co-ordinator for CPAWS’ Yukon chapter, said in an interview Monday the area should be maintained as a wilderness park.
“We are just concerned a road would negatively impact the values of the area, the wildlife in the area and other values of the area,” Elliott told the Star.
She said many different wildlife species use the area, and it also serves as a corridor for wildlife moving between Mountainview Drive and the Alaska Highway.
CPAWS, she said, has been watching for the development of a park in the area for quite some time now.
Elliott said a road would have a significant negative impact.
“We were pretty disappointed to see they were still considering a road through the area,” she said.
The city should focus on the development of a park and promoting active transportation through the area, she said.
The city is updating its OCP to guide development out to the year 2040. The plan is currently out for review.
The public is invited to provide input and can complete a survey up to June 12.
Putting a connector road through the area without first dealing with the congestion on the Alaska Highway would be a problem, she said.
Elliott said at 8:30 in the morning, the traffic can be backed up from Two Mile Hill all the way to Rabbit’s Foot Canyon.
Dealing with the current congestion on both the Alaska Highway and Mountainview Drive would be a better approach than building a new road, she said.
Elliott said the city should be promoting active transportation along the creek corridor.
The city should also be working alongside First Nations and Yukon University to establish a park, she said.
Before any road is built through the McIntyre Creek corridor, Elliott said, there would need to be more research and studies conducted.
When a proposal of a road through the area surfaced several years ago, there was substantial opposition from the public.