Yukon College gets more land

Yukon College is getting more land - about three times more land than it currently has. That's good news for the school, said Paul Flaherty, chair of the college's board of governors.

Yukon College is getting more land – about three times more land than it currently has.

That’s good news for the school, said Paul Flaherty, chair of the college’s board of governors.

“We’re outgrowing our size very quickly,” Flaherty said.

“With the new Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining, and the research centre and the Northern Institute for Social Justice, we are already full right now,” he said.

The expansion to the college’s reserve lands will help the school finish its master plan, Flaherty said, which could then allow for even more growth in the future, possibly even becoming a full-fledged university.

“We also need to decide what our future is going to look like. Are we going to morph into something larger? Most schools down south operate on 50- to 100-year horizons, but even the University of Calgary ran out of space,” he said.

The expansion triples the college’s land footprint, and runs from the eastern bank of McIntyre Creek to Mountain View Drive and as far south as the Takhini subdivision.

Now that the college knows just how much land it has to use, it’ll be up to the school to draft a land-use plan, Flaherty explained. The full master plan is expected to be finished within five years.

That work will take place in parallel with the planning for the new mining school building, which will likely be built on the existing footprint, Flaherty said.

For the new land, the school will be looking first at increasing its residence size so it can accept more out-of-town students.

“More residence space is very high up on the wish list,” Flaherty said, “but we’d also like more academic and research space, especially if we look to becoming a university.

Contact Jesse Winter at

jessew@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

U Kon Echelon hosts Tour de Haines Junction

U Kon Echelon continued its busy schedule with the Tour de Haines… Continue reading

Melted beeswax, community pottery take centre stage at Arts Underground’s August shows

Two new, and very different, shows will be opening at Whitehorse’s Arts… Continue reading

Northern First Nations call for a major overhaul of mining legislation

The Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Vuntut Gwitchin Governments say change is long overdue

Yukon Salmon Sub-Committee recommends First Nations take ‘additional measures’ to conserve Chinook

Recommendation comes as Chinook run on the Yukon River appears unlikely to meet spawning goals

Students prepare for online learning as Yukon University announces fall semester

The school plans to support students who may struggle with remote learning

Changes to federal infrastructure funds allow for COVID-19 flexibility

Announcement allows for rapid COVID-19 projects and expands energy programs to Whitehorse

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

C/TFN announces Montana Mountain reopening plan

Carcross/Tagish First Nation and the Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation announced the partial reopening… Continue reading

Roberta Joseph reelected as Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in chief

Unofficial results show Joseph with more than double the votes of runner-up

Development incentives considered for three projects

Projects will add 24 rental units to the market

Delegate calls for crosswalk changes to show support for people of colour

Mayor states support for idea, but cautions it could take some time

Whitehorse advises of water system maintenance

Residents on the city’s water system are being advised they may notice… Continue reading

Walkway, signs planned for West Dawson paddlewheel graveyard

Unofficial attraction may get 135-m walkway and interpretive signs, if YESAB application approved

Most Read