Preserving McIntyre Creek is a big issue for the Yukon Conservation Society. And its members are not alone.
At last night’s mayoral debate on CBC, it was one of the big questions.
Rick Karp came under the most fire for pledging to protect the creek but not ruling out the development of Porter Creek D.
The city has contracted HB Lanarc to do the early design work on the subdivision. Karp wants to see what that design looks like before he rules anything out.
“I do strongly recommend and believe in and will fight for the protection of McIntyre Creek,” he said. “But the area that is defined as Porter Creek D is a small portion of all that green space that’s well above McIntyre Creek.”
If the design ends up encroaching on the creek and wildlife concerns can’t be mitigated, Karp said he’d oppose the subdivision, but he wants to see what designers come up with first.
Dan Curtis makes no bones about opposing the development. It’s one issue he feels he has a good handle on.
With all the development that’s been going on in the last couple of years, it seems unnecessary, he said. And he doesn’t want to see the city compete with private developers.
The conservation society put the question of Porter Creek D to all of the candidates running in the Whitehorse election. Most of the mayoral candidates said they were undecided.
Only Mandeep Sidhu said he wouldn’t oppose the subdivision, though he did say it should be “a last resort.” The majority of council candidates said they would oppose it.
Only sitting councillor Dave Stockdale said he wouldn’t rule it out.
“I will not oppose the Porter Creek D subdivision for the simple reason that I do not know what that will look like,” he said. “I will oppose the construction of roads in the area, but feel that in the best interest of the community I must consider some in-filling.”
Others, like Coun. Kirk Cameron remain undecided. But just what that means depends on the individual, said Karen Baltgailis, executive director of the Yukon Conservation Society.
Cameron, she pointed out, was instrumental in getting another transportation study done which killed plans for the expanded road and bridge over the creek.
With the city facing so many issues this election, McIntyre Creek hasn’t been too prominent, but it has been on a lot of people’s minds, said Baltgailis.
A full rundown of all the candidates’ answers to the Porter Creek D question can be found on the conservation society’s website.
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