Marwell Plan


Derek Crowe  

Photograph courtesy of Derek Crowe  

What is the Marwell Plan?

The Marwell area of Whitehorse was first developed for oil refinery operations during World War II and became home to a variety of government maintenance yards, fuel companies, and other industrial activities in the decades that followed. The past 30 years has seen the area shift yet again to the diverse mix of commercial, professional, and light industrial uses that we see today.

The last planning effort for Marwell was completed over 15 years ago. The continued growth of Whistle Bend and building boom in Downtown is creating new challenges and opportunities for this ever-changing area.

Now is the time to envision the future of the Marwell industrial area and determine how it can best integrate with the Downtown and rest of the city over the next 20 years. 

What will be included in the Plan? 

The Marwell Plan will create a blueprint for Marwell's future in three key ways: 

  • Urban design and/or capital projects (i.e., changes to the physical environment)
  • Programs and/or initiatives 
  • Policies that affect how Marwell functions and develops

The Plan will consider many aspects of the Marwell area, including business, transportation, residential and mixed land uses, public spaces, health and safety, environment, sustainability, active transportation, and land development.

Two final documents will be produced:  a Marwell Background Report and Marwell Plan  (20-year outlook). 

How does the Marwell Plan fit in with other planning work?  

The Marwell Plan is being undertaken separately but at the same time as the plan for the Downtown with an eye to a “Greater Downtown” for Whitehorse. The two projects share the same overall timeline and process but will result in distinct, unique plans. Check out

Both planning projects will feed into the upcoming 2018 Official Community Plan review. 

What's the planning process? 

The Downtown and Marwell planning projects kicked off in March 2017 and will be underway until early 2018.

DT MW 2017 Process Graphic

How can I get involved?  

There will be many opportunities for the public and community stakeholders to get involved with the Marwell Plan. We’ll be hosting three major events – the Marwell Future Forum, the Marwell Plan-a-Thon, and the Marwell Plan Open House. A variety of smaller events will also be held to seek ideas for and input into the Plan throughout all stages of its development. 

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The Marwell Planning Team 

The City has hired Urban Systems to lead the planning process for the Downtown and Marwell areas. The core team members include: 

Michael von Hausen, Urban Design/Planning – Michael is one of the leading urban design and planning experts in Canada, with over 35 years of award-winning experience and dozens of downtown plans to his credit.

David Bell, Planning/Land Economics – David is the head of the Land Economics Team at Urban Systems and a Registered Professional Planner who has worked on numerous Whitehorse projects, including the last Downtown Plan in 2007.

Jane Koepke, Planning/Engagement – Jane is a born and raised Yukoner and Registered Professional Planner who has worked on a broad range of planning projects in the territory, including the 2016 Downtown Whitehorse Retail and Entertainment Strategy. 

Get in touch with us!

For more information please contact Ben Campbell, Planner, at 668-8338 or email