FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2023
WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Party Official Opposition is once again questioning the Minister of Community Services over his failure to get new lots to market in the Yukon. Despite numerous promised timelines, the Minister has furthered delayed the construction of new lots in Phase 9 of Whistle Bend.
In May 2021, the Minister told the Legislative Assembly, “We anticipate tendering Phase 8 and 9 lots this year”. Then in December 2021, the government told the public that Phase 9 would go to lottery in the fall of 2022. When it became obvious that the Minister was going to miss yet another promised deadline, he told the public that the tendering of Phase 9 would not happen until the fall of 2022.
Now, it is the spring of 2023, and the closing date on the tender for Phase 9 lots has been extended twice, with no indications of when the contract will finally be awarded. Nor is there any indication when these lots will be available for release.
“This Minister has had a hard time living up to the promises he’s been making to get residential lots to market,” said Official Opposition Housing Critic Yvonne Clarke. “The delays to Phase 9 follow delays to Phase 7 after the Minister cancelled the tender in 2021. Those are in addition to the ongoing delays to Phase 6 that prevented those lots from release last year. The Minister needs to live up to his commitment to the contracting community and Yukoners who are looking to build in Whistle Bend.”
Last year, the Minister promised to get 150 lots to market in Whistle Bend in 2023. We are now into the spring tendering season, and the window to make this happen is quickly closing.