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Coun. Ted Laking

More phases of Whistle Bend subdivision approved

City council has approved the next four phases of the Whistle Bend subdivision development.

By Chuck Tobin on January 19, 2023

City council has approved the next four phases of the Whistle Bend subdivision development.

Council voted in favour of rezoning the 25.8 hectares comprising phases 10 and 11 from future planning to public and residential zones.

It approved the rezoning of 16.2 hectares comprising phases 12 and 13 from future planning to residential, mixed-use and public zones.

The administrative report prepared for council’s meeting last week noted phase 10 will tentatively provide 117 lots for single-family homes and 10 multi-family homes plus a greenbelt lot, one parks and recreation lot and one public service lot.

Phase 11 is expected to provide 93 single-family lots and four multi-family lots.

It’s estimated phases 12 and 13 will accommodate approximately 350 units or 850 people, says the report.

Public hearings were held into the rezoning of phases 10 and 11, and the rezoning of phases 12 and 13.

Nobody appeared before council to speak at either of the public hearings but one written submission raising concerns was submitted for both public hearings.

While Coun. Ted Laking did vote in favour of rezoning the four phases, he again expressed his concerns about the pace of the Whistle Bend development and its impacts on traffic infrastructure and the infrastructure needed to supply power.

In fact, Laking initally voted against the proposal to send phases 10 and 11 to third and final reading, but did support the rezoning at third reading.

“I just wanted to put out a little bit of a signal about concerns around power,” he explained in an interview Tuesday.

Laking told his council colleagues Monday he had listened to a radio interview with Yukon Energy president Andrew Hall – who, as reported in Wednesday’s Star, mentioned the growth of electrical demand in Whistle Bend caused the lengthy power outage of Dec. 19 in -40 temperatures.

“I wanted to underscore the concerns I have raised; I wanted to send a signal to the Yukon government regarding power and traffic, that they are serious issues,” Laking said.

Mayor Laura Cabott told her colleagues she recognizes there are issues with the Whistle Bend development but also emphasized the city has a housing shortage.

“We need to keep up with that demand,” she said.

Cabott said it will be two or three years before people will be living in the rezoned areas, which provides time to deal with traffic and energy issues.

Comments (17)

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yukoner82 on Jan 23, 2023 at 8:08 am

Please email all your concerns directly to the City, include mayor and council, city manager and engineering services (on a personal agenda), all emails are on the COW website.

I have contacted them about improving infrastructure to no avail. If more of us demand improvements maybe we will get some, but only commenting here is getting ignored. If you write them they at least have to acknowledge you.

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Interested Observer on Jan 21, 2023 at 7:02 pm

@Yukoner89

100%
Ted, Brad and Currie all think they’re the smartest guys in the room.

Time to shine a light on them.

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Yukoner89 on Jan 21, 2023 at 1:42 pm

Well this is rich. Ted Laking is supposedly so concerned about infrastructure and roads, yet he is the one who spearheaded the elimination of Steven's Quarry as a gravel source for the city! Without a reliable and close source of gravel, the cost of building anything and everything will go WAY up. I have friends who work for multiple road construction companies and they are all floored that Whitehorse just removed its main source of gravel for future construction.

So why would Ted do this if he is so worried about construction? That stupid petition supposedly had 9,000 people on it but I call BS. I challenge anyone to find 9000 people in Whitehorse who even know where the quarry is. It is simply a bunch of NIMBYS who live in the area who probably put it online and sent it around the world to get signatures. I suspect the real reason Ted took away this gravel source is because his good friend and former co-worker Brad Cathers told him to. Brad Cathers is leading the NIMBY charge for no other reason than it is in his riding. He and now apparently Ted, don't care that they are screwing the rest of Whitehorse and surrounding areas.

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Atom on Jan 21, 2023 at 10:14 am

Yes BNR YUKONER! The benefits of being a YP member are limitless for BNR's!
For instance, they are the opposition, so they can say allllll kinds of stuff and not accomplish anything....sort of like when they were in power back a few, six, seven years ago.

They can suggest initiatives to suit any situation they find convenient and then, not have any ability or creativity, to see that initiative through.....kinda like when they were in power, a few, six, seven....

But. Fear not. Your YP Leader has previously infiltrated the enemy. By attending University in Nova Scotia! And then slipping back to Yukon to lead the BNR's as The Official Opposition!

It's Official! the BNR's are better off as BNR's! Congratulations!
Of course, the issues that exist will exist if they exist and BNR's will benefit more being lead by the crafty BNR!

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Stevie on Jan 20, 2023 at 8:49 pm

Is there any provisions for an Arkell style subdivision so that mobile homes can be brought in and younger generations can have something they can call their own?

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Nathan Living on Jan 20, 2023 at 2:46 pm

I think infrastructure is needed before new housing goes up in Whistle Bend.

First thing is stable and adequate power for home heating. Next is schools and road connections to downtown.
Ted is right, these things need to be thought through prior to development rather than a haphazard approach when existing infrastructure is inadequate.

Like many people I do not have much faith in the current mayor and council.

It would be nice to offer full time council positions and make council more accountable. Its seems many councilors are there to move up the political ladder while others try to offer wise council but there is something inherently wrong with the way they are currently performing.

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Interested Observer on Jan 20, 2023 at 1:17 pm

@Teddy Bear

Bang on, except he’s the anointed one for the conservatives in the next federal election.
Our media is complicit in giving him so much ink and air time at the expense of his colleagues and staff.

Funny how this town works…

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Jim on Jan 20, 2023 at 11:56 am

@Teddy Bear, Ted’s power may be non-existing in your view, but he does have reporters ears which is what the public needs. I have no problems with him raising concerns about power and traffic. Maybe it’s because our territorial government doesn’t seem too concerned about it except to eliminate fossil fuels and pay huge money for windmills and solar panels (which cannot supply power needed during cold snaps).
If he voted against lot expansion I’m sure you would be one of the first in line to complain about that. As far as voting against a traffic solution, I’m not sure which solution you mean. As far as I know he also raised concerns about traffic previously, but there has not been any “voting” on a solution. It is astounding that people seem to be upset when a councillor raises concerns of legitimate problems. Maybe it’s just this councillor that rubs you a little raw. I guess you are happy paying the mayor and council to just keep quiet and sit on their hands.

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Crunch on Jan 20, 2023 at 9:18 am

The problem with being in this mess and tied to it monetarily, is that one does not get to sit back and watch it. If you did it would be easy to see how utterly ridiculous some of these political moves have become. I’m so over joyed to see you as the puppet you said you’d never be.

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Finally, some manufacturing! on Jan 19, 2023 at 10:06 pm

How could we have a housing crisis in a territorial capital where nothing is going on, unless it’s become a sanctuary city? LOOK AROUND YOU.

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BNR YUKONER on Jan 19, 2023 at 9:42 pm

I agree with John and Mr.Facts. Too many outsiders here. This is why we need to vote back in the Yukon Party which stands for people who were actually born and raised here! They are the only ones who will make deep cuts to the big bureaucracy of YTG. I like that Currie Dixon always describes himself as a BnR Yukoner. It shows that he is focused on US and not all the transplants from Ontario, BC and the maritimes. Those people only bring the Yukon down.

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John on Jan 19, 2023 at 3:15 pm

Take your damn head out of the sand, you fools! Infrastructure comes first BEFORE you develop. Not the other way around. There is a solution - reduce the number of civil servants in this town. I say cut about a total 2,000 staff between all levels of governments. They want to work they can go to the private sector, otherwise, take the highway south!

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Ted Ted Ted on Jan 19, 2023 at 3:09 pm

That god Ted is in Council to provide a sober second thought for Ted.

I wonder if Ted goes around speaking about himself in the 3rd person?
“Honey, Ted’s home to spend time with Ted’s family.”

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Anthill on Jan 19, 2023 at 3:08 pm

Going to work this morning was a rather disturbing sight. This town is incredibly poorly designed, and the only way to help relieve the congestion is to put government offices, private business and stores in the WhistleBend area. Not sure why we need to jam everything down town? The new Dairy Queen was a start, in terms of exploring options to put new infrastructure. Too bad the “support local” crowd was complaining about that, Lol, afraid it would remove business from the down town core. Ridiculous. Expect a lot more whining which will hold this city back for a looooooong time.

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Mr Facts on Jan 19, 2023 at 1:57 pm

It's such a clown world. You can't even deal with all the issues Whistlebend is creating right now, but you keep approving more phases. A wet dream for rich developers though. It seems the only priority for this City is people's feelings, making housing unaffordable for regular people, and bright ideas like shutting down half of Main Street so people can walk around.
What the hell happened to this once great City? Oh right, all the outside imports who believe because they do it in Ontario it should be done here. And they are the ones who hold the high level jobs who are coming up with this nonsense. Get bent. Signed a 3rd generation Yukoner.

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Teddy Bear on Jan 19, 2023 at 12:36 pm

Ted flexing the non existent power. "I'm super concerned about this but won't actually vote against it and vote against a solution to alleviate the traffic issues." Only in it for the photo op, I'm sure we'll see him running in the next territorial election, another life long politician we don't need.

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Wilf Carter on Jan 19, 2023 at 12:26 pm

JUst what we need now to solve the housing crises.

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