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.