The city’s trails and greenways committee could be disbanded as early as next week.
Doug Hnatiuk, the city’s manager of parks and community development, brought forward the recommendation Tuesday evening.
He did so after informing committee members and then speaking publicly of the plans in July.
In his report to council Tuesday, and as he explained in an earlier interview, the group, which has provided recommendations to council around local trail development, has served the purpose it was formed for.
With the 2007 trail plan reaching its 10-year “sunset”, Hnatiuk said, it was the right time for the committee to wrap up its work.
The body had been formed out of the trail plan as the implementation called for groups in each neighbourhood to be formed to work on implementation for their specific area.
The trails and greenway committee, meanwhile, was overseeing the work of the neighbourhood groups. It brought forward recommendations on the overall implementation.
The Whitehorse North (including areas north of Crestview) and Whitehorse South (areas south of Robert Service Way) neighbourhood trail groups are continuing with some work.
Under questioning by Coun. Samson Hartland, Hnatiuk confirmed that.
He noted that with an anticipated new trail plan to be done in 2019, it’s possible the committee or another such group could be formed to work toward implementation of the new plan.
Meanwhile, Coun. Rob Fendrick was quick to commend the work of those who have served on the committee over the years. He noted the efforts that have gone into further developing the city’s extensive trail network.
Keith Lay, who heads up the Active Trails Whitehorse Association, urged the city to ensure that any decisions around trail development and policies around trails be put to the public.
As he pointed out, applications to build trails will now go through city administration rather than first going to the committee for discussion.
“Those applications need to be open to the public,” Lay said. He again emphasized the need for public input on trails.
Council will vote on whether to disband the committee at next week’s meeting.
Coun. Dan Boyd was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.