Public hearing set for Whistle Bend sports complex

Despite some reservations, city council passed first reading of a controversial zoning amendment on Monday.

Despite some reservations, city council passed first reading of a controversial zoning amendment on Monday.

The Yukon government is seeking the city’s permission to rezone a seven-hectare parcel of land in the Whistle Bend subdivision, where it plans on building a large outdoor sports complex.

The $7-million facility would feature three soccer fields, a rubber track, an office building, various courts and bleachers.

The plan raised many questions from council when it was first discussed at last week’s committee meeting.

Although there is no debate on first reading of a bylaw – which determines whether or not an issue is worth discussing – some councillors expressed concern before voting.

“I’m very frustrated by this process and I’m also annoyed at the lack of respect shown to the city by the territorial government,” Coun. Dave Stockdale said.

“I will support taking this to first reading in order to get public input, which I feel the territorial government has failed to do.

“I’ll have more to say about this in the future but for now, I’m keeping my powder dry until the public hearing is completed.”

A public hearing will be held on March 23 while second and third reading of the bylaw is scheduled for April 13.

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