Motorways Property Development

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Over the Counter Lot Sales 

The remaining Motorways lots are now being sold over the counter, in accordance with the City’s Land Disposition Policy. The lots will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

All interested purchasers must provide a bank draft, certified cheque or money order payable to “The City of Whitehorse” representing 10% of the advertised lot sale price to secure any lot.

The Site:
The Motorways area is an integral part of the Whitehorse Riverfront and is planned to be developed as a thriving, pedestrian oriented, mixed-use residential/commercial neighbourhood that provides a unique identity befitting of an urban waterfront. Subdivision plans, design guidelines and specific zoning are all in place to ensure that the vision for the area is realized as development occurs.

Please refer to the lot profile sheet for Lot 41, for more information.

Site Plan (click image to enlarge):


Lots for Sale: 

All of the Motorways lots in Phase 1 have now been sold:

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Please refer to the individual lot profiles: Lot 41 THIS LOT IS CURRENTLY UNDER OFFER.

Land Disposition Policy:
This over the counter sale process is being conducted pursuant to the City’s Land Disposition Policy that was adopted by Council in 2010. The policy provides that unsold lots from a bid process may be sold over the counter.
Registered Plans:
Through subdivision plans approved by City Council in 2007 and 2010, the entire Motorways property was divided into 16 lots ranging in size from 651 square metres to 8,964 square metres. The remaining lots available for purchase over the counter are shown on the following two subdivision plans:
CMW Mixed Use Waterfront Zoning: 
The Motorways lots are zoned “CMW Mixed Use Waterfront” pursuant to the City’s Zoning Bylaw 2012-20. The purpose of this zone is to provide for a compatible mix of low intensity commercial, cultural and residential uses adjacent to the Yukon River Waterfront. The CMW zone also contains design guidelines, such as building treatments, materials and signage, to encourage the development of a thriving, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use neighbourhood.
In addition to the CMW zone regulations, other regulations of the City’s Zoning Bylaw 2012-20 will also apply to development in this area, such as the landscaping regulations of section 5, the multiple housing regulations of section 6 and the parking regulations of section 7.
Applicants should consult the complete Zoning Bylaw 2012-20 to review all applicable development and building regulations to ensure the compatibility of their design.

Environmental Remediation:

With funding assistance from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, additional environmental investigative analysis work was recently completed to identify any remaining sources of contamination on the Motorways properties. Remediation work was completed on site in 2012 and contaminated soil has been remediated.

Building Standards:
All new buildings constructed in the City of Whitehorse must conform to the City’s Building and Plumbing Bylaw 99-50 which includes several regulations related to Green Building Standards.
Drainage Standards:
All new buildings with subsurface foundations constructed in the City of Whitehorse must adhere to the Drainage Standards for Building Foundations as detailed in the Building Advisory issued on October 25, 2010


The City of Whitehorse purchased the 4.2 hectare Motorways property from the White Pass and Yukon Railway in 1994. Since that time, the city has invested a significant amount of time and money into both the environmental clean-up and a community planning process. Through this planning process and the associated public consultation, the vision for Motorways has been developed.

In 2007, the much needed infrastructure improvements were carried out all along the Whitehorse riverfront. These were funded through the Canadian Strategic Infrastructure Fund. Work in the Motorways area included new underground services, new paving and sidewalks, new decorative street lighting, and landscaping.

In 2011, the City reconfigured a portion of the site to allow for more flexibility with the current zoning regulations (CMW Mixed Use Waterfront) and to offer a better selection of lot sizes.

New developments have recently been built in the Motorways area including the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre and Whitehorse Public Library as well as the River’s Edge mixed-use residential/commercial condominium development.


Please contact Planning Services at (867) 668-8346 or email for further information.


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