Lack of industrial, commercial lots frustrates Whitehorse businesses, councillors –

Business owners and some Whitehorse city councillors say more needs to be done to get commercial and industrial lots onto the market.

They say the shortage is holding back growth in the city.

The discussion was sparked by a consultants’ report commissioned by the city on industrial and commercial property in Whitehorse.

The report said that about a dozen business people who responded to a survey said they’ve been looking for land to relocate or expand their business, but that the choices range from limited to non-existent.

A consultants’ report done for the City of Whitehorse suggests new industrial and commercial lots could be developed in and around existing lots. (Wayne Vallevand/CBC)

Whitehorse councillor Dan Boyd told city staff at a meeting this week that the situation has become serious.

“We are stifling economic growth and we even have some businesses saying that if they can’t find land, they’re going to be forced to move their headquarters to Alberta or some other place,” said Boyd.

Mike Gau, the city’s director of development services, said there are two potential industrial-commercial subdivisions that could be ready within the next three years.

One is on the northeast corner of the old tank farm property near the Hillcrest neighbourhood. The other is off Tlingit Street in the Marwell neighbourhood.

Neither is what