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Zoning By-law Review


September 2021

The City of Yellowknife is nearing completion of a multi-year, comprehensive overhaul of the City’s current Zoning By-law. The new Zoning By-law will set out the rules for the location and size of buildings constructed on private property and the activities that will take place on those properties. It implements the City’s vision, principles and priorities for the community moving forward and will enable people, places and businesses to thrive and prosper.

The City invites the public to participate in online open houses for the new Zoning By-law draft from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on September 22 and 23, 2021. For full details, see the Next Steps section below. 

The City is pleased to share a draft of the new Zoning By-law and other helpful documents with Yellowknifers. 

When the City approved the 2020 Community Plan, it created a clear direction for development in Yellowknife and a need to update the Zoning By-law, as required by Northwest Territories legislation.

The new Zoning By-law recognizes that the long-term path of our community must reflect our economic, social, cultural and environmental needs and aspirations. It implements the Community Plan policies of sustainability, starting with the view that a community can only be truly sustainable if it is a good place to live for all residents, regardless of socioeconomic status or stage of life.

The City engaged with the public on the new Zoning By-law in 2020 and received feedback from residents, businesses, community organizations and Indigenous governments. Many recommendations are incorporated in the new By-law. The 2020 Yellowknife Community Plan; land use planning best practices; lived experiences within the City and lessons learned also helped shape the By-law.

 Next Steps 

September 7, 2021
Zoning By-law project update presentation to the Governance & Priorities Committee. Watch the Live Webcast at 12:05 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, here
September 6 - October 1, 2021
Public Comment period for draft Zoning By-law
September 22 and 23, 2021

Each open house will explore three key themes of the Zoning By-law as stated below: 


Open House on September 22, 2021:

Time:  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Themes: Downtown Zone; Central Residential Zone; and, Infill & Densification.


Open House on September 23, 2021:

Time:  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Themes: Agriculture; Industrial Land Uses (Kam Lake; Engle Business District); and, Parking.


To participate in the open houses, Yellowknifers must register by emailing or calling 920-5614 before 12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.  Participants will receive a confirmation email before each open house, with details on how to take part, including an online link and phone number for the selected open house. The open houses will be recorded and made available on the City website following each session.

October 25, 2021

Zoning By-law presentation to the Governance & Priorities Committee

Summary of public comments and start of the by-law approval process

Project History

February 2021
A summary of “What Was Heard” during the September 2020 Zoning By-law engagement process was presented to the Governance and Priorities Committee on January 18, 2021, and can be found here
December 2020 
The City presented proposed zones for the following areas:
November 2020 

Public consultation and engagement on the Zoning By-law review took place in November and December 2020. Information was shared with the public and residents’ completed an online survey via PlaceSpeak and submitted feedback to the City on the existing Zoning By-law. 

September 2020 
The 2020 Community Plan By-law No. 5007 was adopted by Council in July 2020. The Zoning By-law needed a comprehensive review in order to meaningfully implement the 2020 Community Plan and better address the needs of Yellowknife residents. 

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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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Saturday and Sunday: Closed

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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