Government offers expensive lots

The Yukon government is planning to charge between $22,500 and $30,000 per hectare for undeveloped rural residential lots in the Whitehorse area.

The Yukon government is planning to charge between $22,500 and $30,000 per hectare for undeveloped rural residential lots in the Whitehorse area.

The departments of Community Services and Energy, Mines and Resources announced a land lottery for 19 lots near the Takhini Hotsprings Road this week.

The parcels range in size from three hectares to six hectares.

The government will hold a draw for the lots on June 21.

“We are reacting to the high demand for land and the positive economic climate,” Energy, Mines and Resources minister Archie Lang said in a release.

“We are holding this lottery in advance of the subdivision being completed to give people time to plan for the fall building season.”

The undeveloped lots do not include comprehensive infrastructure, such as water and sewage systems.

Prices for the lots will range from $90,000 to $135,000.

Final prices will be established in the fall, once the subdivision project is complete.

“People who are successful in the June 21 draw will know which order they are in for the final lot inspection and selection that will take place in September,” said Lang.

The Resources department has several plans for residential development in the Whitehorse area.

In March 2006, Lang announced the final phase of 106 lots for the Copper Ridge development on the city’s west end; 59 lots to be developed in Grizzly Valley; 110 lots in the new Whitehorse Copper country residential subdivision, near McRae, and plans for additional development in Mount Lorne.

The government also has a precedent-setting “joint development opportunity” with the Teslin Tlingit Council, according to a department release.

“Yukoners can look forward to more land lotteries as these other projects get closer to completion,” said Lang.

Information packages are available online at the Resources website: www.emr.gov.yk.ca.

The entry deadline for the land lottery is noon on June 20.

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