We are in the midst of reviewing our Official Community Plan (OCP) - called Whitehorse 2040. The OCP is the City's highest level planning document, setting overall direction for the community over the next 20 years.
Phase 2 of the review has completed. Phase 3 includes the release of the emerging policy ideas for input, before we use this feedback to help shape the draft plan for Council’s consideration in 2022.
The objective of this document is to seek community feedback on the major policy moves being considered for the next OCP. Based on community feedback on this Emerging Directions document, the City will begin drafting the next OCP which will be put for further public input and consideration by City Council in 2022.
What are the Emerging Directions?
The emerging directions were shaped by the community input we heard through Phase 1 and Phase 2 engagement as well as City-wide objectives from the Sustainability Plan, Transportation Demand Management Plan, Commercial and Industrial Lands Study and other City plans and strategies.
The Emerging Directions are a precursor to the draft OCP and include the following seven key themes:
- Toward Reconciliation;
- Climate Action;
- Conservation of Natural Areas;
- Strong Downtown and Liveable Neighbourhoods;
- Toward a Sustainable Mode Share;
- Targeting the Right Supply of Housing; and
- Intensifying Employment Areas.
Accommodating future residential demand in Whitehorse
With help from the Yukon Bureau of Statistics, this background report is the first step in understanding how many new homes will be needed in Whitehorse based on population projections to 2040.
This paper studies the options for meeting this expected housing demand over the next 20 years.
Planning and Sustainability Services
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The Phase 2 What We Heard report was released in October 2019.
Notably, as part of Phase 2 we received more than 700 responses to our 21-question workbook. At an average of 17 minutes per response, this represents more than 8 full days that Whitehorse residents devoted to supplying us with key input to help shape the updated OCP! Big thanks to everyone who's been involved so far.
An OCP is a community-led plan that reflects the ideas, aspirations, priorities, and expertise of Whitehorse residents. Your involvement is key to setting the direction on how you live, work, and play in your city. Whitehorse 2040 will have four phases.
Phase 2, called "Explore New Concepts", is about taking the big ideas collected from the public in Phase 1, and testing and considering them in more detail. Ideas are generally limited to those that don't already have recent planning work completed. In Phase 3, we will combine these with other planning work that's already been previously completed to create a draft plan.
The Municipal Act gives municipalities the power to create an OCP and also specifies they must be reviewed within a regular period of time. Once adopted by Council, work produced by the City must align with the OCP, including the Zoning Bylaw, and other regulatory and policy documents. An OCP is used by the City to make decisions on land-use planning, housing, growth, conservation, recreation, transportation, relationships with other governments, and more!
City staff have been working towards a new OCP for several years now by arranging to have numerous supporting documents completed in time to be integrated into the OCP. The work that has gone into plans, such as the Sustainability Plan, Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Downtown Plan, Marwell Plan, Transit Master Plan, and Bicycle Network Plan will not be duplicated, but rather guide the OCP. Click here to view the list of plans.
In addition, the following studies were completed. These are not formally adopted by Council, but look in depth at a specific subject area, and will inform OCP policies and land use planning decisions: