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Smart Growth Development Plan


City of Yellowknife - Smart Growth Plan

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.

Transportation Improvement Study

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

Urban Design Initiative

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

Yellowknife Downtown Facade Improvement

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.

Nature Area Preservation Strategy

The Natural Area Preservation Strategy reviews forty (40) natural areas in the City and provides a framework for evaluating, designating, and regulating development activities in such areas.

Smart Growth Development Plan Final Recommendations Report

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. 


     FCM Green Municipal Fund / Fond municipal vert logo                 Yellowknife logo                    Northwest Territories - Education, Culture and Employment

                                                Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency / Agence canadienne de developpement economique du Nord Logo



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Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
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Saturday and Sunday: Closed

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until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
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Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Manager - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
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