Leasing of a Land Parcel
On August 1, 2012 the Yukon Agricultural Association signed a 30-year lease agreement with the Government of Yukon for a 65 hectare parcel of land on the Mayo Road (about 25 km north of Whitehorse). The photo sketch below shows the site. For background material and history, download your copy of Klassen Natural Resources Consulting’s 2013 report: “Planning for the Development of the Yukon Agricultural Association Agriculture Lease” here. Since obtaining the lease, the YAA has cleared fenced the property and installed two shipping containers to serve as a storage facility.
Three feasibility studies for a multi-use facility were prepared in 2006, in anticipation of the parcel of land.
Planning for Development
In 2014, URBAN Systems developed conceptual plan study which included: a documentation of existing conditions on the property including geotechnical issues; a summary of issues identified through consultation with YAA members and other stakeholders; and, the development of a conceptual site plan design and a final report.
Throughout 2016 YAA engaged in business planning activities for the development of the leased land. The original plans for building an abattoir on the land were put aside after a privately owned abattoir opened in Whitehorse and the development of a privately owned poultry processing plant was underway.
The YAA’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan recommends a phased approach to land utilization. Initial developments include the clearing of land and the construction of a camp kitchen and fairground arenas for community use and to support agricultural activities. Reviewed at YAA’s 2017 AGM, the most up-to-date conceptual plan diagram can be accessed by clicking here. At the May 2018 AGM, YAA members approved a motion stating that YAA’s 65 hectare parcel would be the future site of Yukon’s Agricultural Community Centre.
Location of the YAA’s leased land on the west side of the North Klondike Highway opposite Policeman’s Point Road.
From the Government of Yukon’s News Release #12-140:
“The Yukon government is pleased to set aside this land for central agriculture infrastructure as part of continuing to fulfill our commitment to support the development of agriculture infrastructure that improves food security, facilitates access to market and encourages local production of food,” said Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Brad Cathers. “This lease agreement will facilitate the development of infrastructure to support continued growth of Yukon’s agriculture sector by helping industry take steps to address current needs and opportunities, as well as looking to the future by enabling long-term planning of shared infrastructure.”
Field and shipping containers on land
In the summer of 2019, YAA developed a livestock arena as the first step in the development of a community fairgrounds facility. Fencing is up and spaces for parking have been cleared. YAA will host its annual farm fair on this site, and 4H Yukon have hosted a gymkhana in September 2019. Work on the land continues with the clearing of pathways, additional road preparation as well as the construction of bleachers and additional signage.