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Planning and Development Initiatives


Welcome to the Planning and Development Department. Our Department is comprised of Planning and Lands and Building Inspections. Our services range from land administration to development permits and building permits.

Our current initiatives are presented below.

School Draw Parking and Gateway Node

In its 2017 Budget, Council approved the grading, paving, and rearrangement of the School Draw Parking and Old Town Gateway Node.  The City conducted public consultations for the School Draw Parking and Old Town Gateway Node. This site plays several key roles in the experience and operation of the City.  As the entrance to Old Town, it is the first impression visitors get of the area. This lot also has significant impact on the daily experiences of Yellowknifers as they travel between Old Town and Downtown by foot, bicycle, transit, or personal vehicle.  During the summer months, it is a popular location for parking boat trailers and vehicles used by boaters.  Year round, it serves as a critical lift station for trucked sewage properties as well as a sorting area for recyclable drop-off and collection.

Please click here for the results from the 2017 public consultations.

2018 Community Plan Review

The Community Planning and Development Act of the Northwest Territories requires that Council undertake a review of the Community Plan within eight years of it being adopted.  The City of Yellowknife adopted the most recent General Plan By-law No. 4656, as amended, in 2012.  The purpose of a community plan is to provide a policy framework to guide the physical development of a municipality, with regards to sustainability, the environment, and the economic, social and cultural development of the community.  This By-law requires a comprehensive review in order to provide the community with a framework to guide the development of Yellowknife.  A robust engagement strategy which tackles difficult community questions will be part of the project design, giving residents, business and stakeholders varied opportunities to be part of the vision for our community over the next 10-20 years.

Please check back here for updates as we begin our 2018 review. 

Planning and Development Operational Review

In 2017, Council completed an Operational Review of the Planning & Development Department. 
To read the review please click here.

In response to the Operational Review, Administration prepared an Implementation Plan, which you can read here.

Building By-law Review

The City's Building By-law provides regulations regarding the construction, alternation, repair and demolition of buildings, structures and excavations.  In 2017 Council approved a review of the City's Building By-law. The Planning & Development Department is proposing to engage with stakeholders and members of the public through technical sessions to review each section of the Building By-law that requires updating.  These sessions will be at an established time and place and will include an open invitation to the most frequent clients of the City’s Planning & Development Services and anyone else that would like to join a session. The purpose of the technical sessions is to review sections, identify options and work with staff to develop the best recommendation. Administration anticipates that the technical sessions will lead to additional by-law amendments for Council’s consideration. 

Please check back here for updates.

Downtown Revitalization

Theia Partners was retained in 2018 to conduct an exploratory site visit and to meet with some key local people on opportunities from a revitalization perspective. Theia Partners is an urban development company that focuses on community development/redevelopment and have led revitalization projects in a number of cities across the country. Based on this initial visit, the consulting team provided Administration with a proposal to undertake the additional work that could help frame the revitalization work with the context of Council’s Goals and Objectives, specifically Goal #2 Downtown Revitalization, including the presentation of 50th Street revitalization concepts, providing direction on the long and short term plan for public lands on 50th Street, development of a critical path document and updating the strategic plan annually.  A copy of the presentation and report can be found here.  The City will be putting together an implementation plan this fall to help move the recommendations forward.

Check back here for details. 

We Would Like to Hear From You

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn more about our current initiatives.  Please get in touch with us to learn more about the Department.  We welcome feedback and suggestions.

To contact the Director of Planning and Development, please submit your inquiry to our Feedback form