Condo development near Meadow Lakes approved

A condo development near the Meadow Lakes Golf Course will go ahead. City politicians voted to rezone the .25-hectare lot Monday, effectively endorsing the project.

A condo development near the Meadow Lakes Golf Course will go ahead.

City politicians voted to rezone the 2.5-hectare lot Monday, effectively endorsing the project.

A few weeks ago, council vetoed the condo development after several neighbours expressed concern about the impact a high-density development could have on the local aquifer.

A motion by Coun. Dave Austin to reconsider the proposal brought it back from the brink.

The approved project has been significantly scaled back from the original plan.

It shows a willingness to compromise, said developer Jeff Luehmann, who also owns the adjacent Meadow Lakes Golf Course.

“I believe I’ve done all that’s been asked of me,” said Luehmann. “Now I’ve taken it a step further by reducing the size of this development.”

In the revised proposal, the number of units has been reduced to 13 from 22.

There will be four separate wells and septic systems to service the units.

Area studies suggested the water table could have accommodated 22 condos, said Luehmann.

With the smaller development there won’t be any impact on the aquifer, he said.

Also, the water to irrigate the condo’s common lawns and gardens will not come from well water.

Instead, the development will tap the golf course’s irrigation system, which runs off surface water.

Even with its smaller footprint and the environmental mitigation efforts, not all politicians were convinced it was a good idea.

“It’s a first step to completely altering the country residential lifestyle,” said Coun. Betty Irwin, one of two councilors who voted against the development.

“It doesn’t address the real need for housing or the sustainability objectives of the city.”

There shouldn’t be any high-density development in areas that aren’t serviced by transit or city services, she said.

Coun. Dave Stockdale agreed with her.

“I’m still opposed to this development,” he said. “It does not conform to our Official Community Plan or the zoning, and this is not the type of housing we are looking for in the city.

“We’re looking for rental and affordable housing.”

With units in the swanky development projected to cost upwards of $400,000, even councillors who voted for it said it would do little to alleviate the dearth of housing.

“There’s no shortage of housing in the $400,000 to $600,000 range,” said Coun. Ranj Pillai. “Weather it’s 13 units or 22, I don’t think it will affect the housing problem.”

While Austin vigorously supported the development, others were a little more muted in their approval.

“When you think of all he could do under the zoning this would be the lesser of the evils that could have come for the residents out there,” said Coun. Florence Roberts, referring to the possibility of building a hotel, something that would have been allowed under the original zoning.

Contact Josh Kerr at

Just Posted

Whether the dust jacket of this historical novel is the Canadian version (left) or the American (right), the readable content within is the same. (Michael Gates)
History Hunter: New novel a gripping account of the gold rush

Stampede: Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike is an ‘enjoyable and readable’ account of history

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your furnace and your truck need to go

Perhaps the biggest commitment in the NDP deal with the Liberals was boosting the Yukon’s climate target

Awaken Festival organizers Meredith Pritchard, Colin Wolf, Martin Nishikawa inside the Old Firehall in Whitehorse on May 11. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Performing arts fest plans to awaken artistic talent in Whitehorse and the rural North

‘A value of ours is to make theatre as accessible as possible.’

April Mikkelsen tosses a disc during a ladies only disc golf tournament at Solstice DiscGolfPark on May 8. John Tonin/Yukon News
Yukon sees its first-ever women’s disc golf tournament

The Professional Disc Golf Assocation had a global women’s event last weekend. In the Yukon, a women’s only tournament was held for the first time ever.

Dave Blottner, executive director at the Whitehorse Food Bank, said the food bank upped its services because of the pandemic. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Food Bank sees Yukoners’ generosity firsthand

“Businesses didn’t know if they could stay open but they were calling us to make sure we were able to stay open.”

A prescribed burn is seen from the lookout at Range Road and Whistle Bend Way in Whitehorse May 12. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Editorial: Are you ready for a forest fire?

Citizens for a Firesmart Whitehorse have listed some steps for Yukoners to boost safety and awareness

Caribou pass through the Dempster Highway area in their annual migration. A recent decision by the privacy commissioner has recommended the release of some caribou collar re-location data. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News)
Privacy commissioner recommends release of caribou location data

Department of Environment says consultation with its partners needed before it will consider release

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Family pleased youth will be able to get Pfizer vaccine

Angela Drainville, mother of two, is anxious for a rollout plan to come forward

Safe at home office in Whitehorse on May 10, 2021. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Federal government provides $1.6 million for Yukon anti-homelessness work

Projects including five mobile homes for small communities received funding.

Drilling at Northern Tiger’s 3Ace gold project in 2011. Randi Newton argues that mining in the territory can be reshaped. (Yukon government/file)
Editorial: There’s momentum for mining reform

CPAWS’ Randi Newton argues that the territory’s mining legislations need a substantial overhaul

At its May 10 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the subdivision for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s business park planned in Marwell. (Submitted)
KDFN business park subdivision approved

Will mean more commercial industrial land available in Whitehorse

Main Street in Whitehorse on May 4. Whitehorse city council has passed the first two readings of a bylaw to allow pop-up patios in city parking spaces. Third reading will come forward later in May. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Whitehorse council pursuing restaurant patio possibilities

Council passes first two readings for new patio bylaw

Most Read