Whitehorse Daily Star

Way cleared for new housing development

A zoning amendment for Kwanlin Dün First Nation land west of Falcon Drive to allow for a housing development was passed by city council at its meeting Monday.

By Chuck Tobin on August 10, 2022

A zoning amendment for Kwanlin Dün First Nation land west of Falcon Drive to allow for a housing development was passed by city council at its meeting Monday.

Kwanlin Dün owns 12.4 hectares of land in the Copper Ridge subdivision.

The First Nation applied to rezone a portion of the land from future planning to comprehensive residential single-family.

The rezoning will allow for the first two phases of Kwanlin Dün’s housing initiative, with rezoning for a third phase to come later.

Phases one and two will yield approximately 25 and 72 lots respectively for single-detached homes or duplexes, says the administrative report prepared for city council.

It says the comprehensive residential zone was the preferred option for the first two phases based on the lot sizes and the greater design requirements.

Concerns had been raised concerning the loss of the area which was commonly used for recreation.

There was also a concern regarding the steep slope in the area, and the additional traffic that will come with the development.

The Official Community Plan requires that new developments must be at least 15 metres from the top or toe of any steep slope.

The Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board reviewed the proposal and found that increases in traffic are not expected to be significant.

Mayor Laura Cabott said the rezoning request from Kwanlin Dün is unique to Canada because nowhere else would you have First Nations seeking rezoning of their lands.

The Umbrella Final Agreement and Kwanlin Dün’s land claim settlement provided the authority for the First Nation to pursue their own developments, she noted.

Cabott said she hopes this is the beginning of other types of development by the First Nation.

Comments (10)

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trapperson@hotmail.com on Aug 16, 2022 at 6:35 pm

Sorry Jim you are wrong, actually you are out to lunch. Rather then making ill informed comments, why don't you do a little real research. The tax dollars that go to First Nations are part of the agreements made with government. The tax base is on their land and as part of the agreement where FNs gave up Aboriginal Title to the remaining lands so the hospitals, roads, bridges etc could be legitimized.

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Oya on Aug 12, 2022 at 3:32 pm

@ Patti
Thomas gets it; I don't think you do. Maybe study his words for a while to try to understand exactly what he's saying.

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MITCH on Aug 12, 2022 at 12:21 pm

@ JIM - I know that is what we were raised to believe my friend, but, since when have your taxes been going to that? I see more taxes going to ensuring small business owners have their piece of the pie or the potholes have rainbows on them for the addicts to die to make room for new addicts, addicted to safe supply, than ending a pandemic, fixing roads, funding police, fire and medical services. We spent a trillion dollars - not one hospital or school, in Canada.

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Jim on Aug 11, 2022 at 7:49 pm

@Patti Eyre, if your idea of not living in the past means giving your income tax to a government that supplies you with no services as progress, maybe you can advise us all how we pay for government services. Income tax pays for the running of the territory and country. Things like hospitals, roads, bridges, social programs, forest fire control and much more. I guess a little bigger welfare cheque from Ottawa makes this more palatable for you? The sad part is there are more people like you that just see their tax money taken off and have no idea where it is suppose to go or what it actually does. Your tax dollars will go to a government you don’t even have a vote in during election time. The city and YG have created a lot shortage to make this the only option. They don’t care. It has very little effect on them. Thomas kinda hit the nail on the head.

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Innocence… Oooh, oooh, innocence on Aug 11, 2022 at 10:07 am

Hey Thomas - There is no lack of detail at all. Although Trudeau and others keep telling you that you will own nothing and be happy there are those who say the Great Reset is a conspiracy theory.

Although there is a lack of housing, a lack of land for purchase (despite there being lots and lots - punny?), and there is leased land being opened up, in the middle of a housing emergency, this is all just coincidence? Maybe the FNs are building for the homeless, violent, drug and alcohol addicted, ill-behaved, sufferers of ill mental-health, hordes from the downtown core?

The Shelter gifted to the KDFN could become a premier hotel destination for General Assemblies, or other events such as the annual Anti-Poverty Coalition seminars and workshops.

Come see beautiful downtown Whitehorse, aka, the City of Gob. Daily tours of the downtown core include such sites as the H&SS building at 4110-4th Ave - Tour narration will cover such topics as the child sexual abuse scandal, the group home fiasco, conflict of interest, and the absence of applied ethical standards in accordance with a licensing body - Not sure how you can say there is “Social Work” going on in this Territory?

There will be a stop at the MWSUS building on 6th Avenue with a 45 minute narration on the failed hub model, the lack of resources, failed ideology, poor decision-making, and the impact of poor management on the degradation of service provision and quality staff.

Another highlight of the tour includes a stop at the Legislature where we conclude the narrative tour on the subject of political interference, overspending, inflation, incompetence, runaway taxation, and the burden of over-regulation and more!

Then and now and the inability of the governmental behemoth to treat people equally… The perverting confound of identity politics wherein even the Neely immigrated are going - WTF? This is not what I came to Canada for!

Link to - The open-minded Canada I immigrated to is no more: Full Comment with Anthony Furey:


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jack on Aug 10, 2022 at 10:37 pm

I would be very reluctant to consider until there is proper governance and 999 year peppercorn leases to protect the home owner from overreach by the FN.

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Patti Eyre on Aug 10, 2022 at 7:46 pm

@brewer your constipated thinking is outdated, get with the times and pull your head out of the past.

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Thomas Brewer on Aug 10, 2022 at 4:15 pm

woefully lacking in details... is this for first nation citizen housing?

is this another of their 99 year lease schemes? great deal - get someone else to rent the land, build on land they don't own, have their income taxes funneled to the first nation, and then walk away leaving the house behind when the lease is over.

This worked so well in BC [not]

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TMYK on Aug 10, 2022 at 2:19 pm

Limit land availability and housing so our FN can profit from Yukoner’s. His has been in the works for years at the Yukon Forum. Too bad the FN and the Liberals keep those meetings off the record so the general public will never know what is being discussed. Very democratic of them.

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Wilf Carter on Aug 10, 2022 at 2:06 pm

How is the traffic flow going to be dealt with because more traffic causes risks of more accidents.

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