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Whitehorse city council approves Porter Creek youth home

City council approves youth home in Porter Creek following public consultation and discussion. (Tim Kucharuk/CKRW)

In a unanimous vote, the city of Whitehorse has approved a conditional use application for a 10 person youth home despite some concerns from nearby residents.

Whitehorse City Council is unanimously approving a conditional use application to allow a youth group home in Porter Creek.

Monday's vote came on the heels of opposition from Wann Road area residents who told council they had concern about the possible increase in crime and noise, with some wondering why the city was dealing with a Yukon government issue.

Mayor Dan Curtis says there was no downloading from the territorial government on this file.

"Processes for zoning process, it comes to the city of Whitehorse. That's exactly what we did for public input, asking for residents to speak up and address their concerns, so we could appease those concerns or most certainly do the reach out for the information we needed to appease their concerns, so we just follow the same process we have, as we always do."

Curtis says council did try to appease the residents concerns.

"Try to be factual and kind of recognize that crime happens everywhere and alcohol is readily available everywhere. What we have right now is we have group homes in many communities, in neighborhoods, and there's not a rise in crime."

The application will allow up to 10 youth to live at the government-run home and it's important to support youth in the city.

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