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Smart Growth Development Plan

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The Smart Growth Development Plan is a long-range growth and development strategy seeking the integration and application of sustainable planning and development principles.

In 2007, Council dedicated $175,000.00 to the creation of a Plan to guide the City's future growth and development.  The Department of Planning and Development secured additional funds totaling $510,000.00 to support the formulation of the Plan.

The creation of the Plan involved extensive public consultation including questionnaire surveys, focus groups, workshops, telephone surveys, open houses, and a community design charrette.  More than 2,000 residents participated in the development of the Plan.

On July 26, 2010, Council adopted, for information, the Smart Growth Development Plan Final Recommendations Report and four background documents.

The Transportation Improvement Study provides a long-term view of the transportation needs of Yellowknife. 

The Urban Design Initiative Final Report explores revitalization opportunity in the City with an emphasis on place-making, community branding, and neighbourhood design.

The Yellowknife Downtown Facade Improvement Guidelines was created to promote a higher development standard for the commercial core of Downtown Yellowknife and to support and guide the Facade and Site Improvement Grant Program.

The Final Recommendations Report represents the culmination of the smart growth development plan process.  The Recommendations Report identifies an overarching vision statement and guiding principles for the Plan as well as identifying fifteen implementation strategies.

 

Other Background Reports

  • Questionnaire Results and Focus Group Report

The preliminary consultation stage involved a city-wide questionnaire survey and focus group sessions.  The findings are captured in two background reports: Smart Growth Development Plan City-Wide Questionnaire Results; and Smart Growth Focus Groups Facilitation Final Report.

  • Yellowknife: 50-year Vision Report

The MetroQuest consulting team conducted eight workshops in Yellowknife, as well as offering an online workshop option, to consult the public on priorities and policies related to land use, housing, transportation, and the environment.  The findings of this community engagement are captured in the Yellowknife: 50-Year Vision Report.

 

Funding Partners

The Yellowknife Smart Growth Development Plan was funded by the City of Yellowknife, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Canadian Northern and Economic Development Agency, and the Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Education, Culture, and Employment. 

 

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