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2018 Community Plan Review


July 2020 Update

At its July 27, 2020 Council formally adopted Community Plan By-law No. 5007 in a unanimous vote.

December 2019 Update

By-law No. 5007 received Second Reading at Special Council Meeting on December 19, 2019.

Final adoption of the by-law by Yellowknife City Council can only occur after the Minister of the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs reviews and approves the by-law after Second Reading.

As part of Ministerial consideration the Government of the Northwest Territories has advised that this project will require consultation as defined by Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 of Canada. The purpose of this consultation is to ensure that existing aboriginal and treaty rights are recognized and affirmed. From the onset, the design of the Plan was grounded in a partnership approach with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) as neighbouring communities and with the understanding that the Plan must adhere to the Duty to Consult (Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982).

Click here on the following links to review the draft documents:

November 2019 Update

Governance and Priorities Committee discussed a memorandum regarding whether to adopt By‐law No. XXXX, a by‐law to approve the Community Plan, and whether to approve for information the accompanying Community Plan Background Report. Committee recommended the following amendment to Section 4.1.2 (Central Residential) of By-law No. 5007 with regard to Tin Can Hill: that any future development of Tin Can Hill will maintain space for passive recreation opportunities and maintain appropriate natural buffer zones between trails and development.

By-law No. 5007 received First Reading at Special Council Meeting on November 18, 2019.

Public Hearing was held on December 9, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Please click on the following links to review the draft documents:

October 2019 Update 

The City of Yellowknife, in partnership with Dillon Consulting Limited, is undertaking a Community Plan review. A Community Plan is the road map for how land will be used and planned for over the next 20 years. This review is mandated by territorial legislation which requires the City to review its Community Plan every eight years.

Public engagement events were held earlier in 2019 and the City is now ready to share the draft plan with the public. The Plan is based on surveys, studies of land use, population growth, the economy, the needs of the municipality relating to transportation, communication, public services and social services. 

Please click on the following links to review the draft documents:

  1. Draft Community Plan
  2. Draft Background Report

We would like to hear your thoughts on the Community Plan documents. The City has set up the following engagement opportunities:

  • Open Houses
    • Thursday October 10, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Multiplex Foyer - 45 Kam Lake Road
    • Wednesday October 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., City Hall Foyer - 4910 52nd Street
    • Wednesday October 16, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Multiplex Foyer - 45 Kam Lake Road
    • Wednesday October 16, 6:30p.m. - 9 p.m., Chief Drygeese Conference Centre, Dettah
  • Get in touch by phone or email: Margaret Kralt | 867-920-4555 ext.4105 |

Feedback will be open until noon on Friday October 18. 

May 2019 Update

The Community Planning team is currently reviewing the results of the community engagement, and compiling and analyzing the background research to develop options and recommendations for the Community Plan Update.    The team had a full-day workshop and invited Yellowknife’s professional planners.  We will soon be verifying information related to the land supply analysis, consideration of the vision for the Community Plan and developing growth options for further public review.  Public engagement sessions to review the options are expected to happen sometime in June.

February 2019 Update

Help shape the future of the city’s land use.  Join a facilitated discussion contributing directly to the goals, vision and policies guiding land use planning within the city for the next decade.  

Each focus group will discuss, debate and provide ideas related to key land use planning priorities of the community.  There are 15 spots available for each focus group discussion; which will take place March 5 to 8, 2019 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Explorer Hotel (4825-49 Ave.).

Some of the land use planning priorities include: tourism, parks, trails and open spaces, Capital Area planning, Bristol Pit, Akaitcho Interim Land Withdrawal, tiny homes, density and urban growth, recreation facilities, future library, arts and culture facilities, other recreational facilitates  and a future post-secondary site.

Register for a focus group or for more information contact Margaret Kralt (Dillon Consulting) at or phone 867.920.4555 ext. 4105 no later than Friday, March 1, 2019.

In addition to the focus groups an open session for the public is scheduled on Wednesday March 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again on Thursday March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Council Chamber at City Hall.

December 2018 Update


The City of Yellowknife invites residents to participate in a drop-in Story Cube Engagement Session to help shape the future of the City’s land use by creating stories based on core physical elements of the city, pictured on story cubes. This is a fun, creative and interactive activity that will contribute directly to the goals, vision and policies that will guide land use planning in the city for the next decade.  Drop-in on Tuesday, December 11 from 11:30-3:30 P.M. at the Centre Square Mall, 5022 49 Street, for this Story Cube Engagement Session. Grab a coffee or snack from one of the mall vendors and join us; we will be located across the hall from P&T Alterations and Ja-Pain.

November 2018 Update

During the months of July and August the project team has been collecting and analyzing background information to inform the Community Plan review.  On November 8th, Planners from the City of Yellowknife and Dillon Consulting were in the lobby of City Hall to celebrate World Town Planning Day.  The team is now preparing for a second round of engagements that bring together the background research and the initial public feedback from the June and July engagements.  The next round of engagements will encourage the public to think positively about how best to influence the future land use of the City of Yellowknife. 

July 2018 Update

Over the month of June the project team hosted a number of pop-up events and launched the PlaceSpeak feedback site. View a summary of “What We’ve Heard” to-date. While not all comments are directly related to the Community Planning process, they are all useful and important to general City engagement and will be shared with all City Departments.  We will resume Community Plan engagement activities in the fall but the PlaceSpeak site will remain accessible for the duration of the project.

June 2018 Update

The City of Yellowknife, in partnership with Dillon Consulting Limited,  has begun work on the Community Plan review and update.  The team has developed a communication plan and started to collect and analyze background research that will support the Community Plan review. 

Public engagement events will kick-off the week of June 18th, starting with the launch of the Community Plan PlaceSpeak site, a presentation at the Municipal Service Committee meeting on June 18th and a pop-up session at the Farmers Market on June 19th. Our team will also be at the Festival on Franklin on June 22 to talk to residents about the Community Plan review. More pop-up events will be planned throughout the summer.   

View the presentation at the Municipal Services Committee meeting.

April 2018 Update

The City of Yellowknife has retained Dillon Consulting Limited to work with the City in the development of the 2018 Community Plan. Dillon is a consulting team located in Yellowknife, NWT. The team is at the early stages of information gathering and building the communication plan. 

The scope of the project is detailed in the Terms of Reference for this project.


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