The Planning Partnership was awarded the CSLA 2013 National Honour for Planning and Analysis for its Yellowknife Harbour Plan. The Plan introduces a vision and framework for environmental protection and sustainable transportation, recreation and development within the Harbour Area. Although Yellowknife Bay is a major waterway that is used intensively throughout the year by a wide range of users, there were no comprehensive regulations or an operational structure in place to manage activities prior to the Plan.
Throughout the project, The Planning Partnership engaged in extensive collaboration with the public, the City of Yellowknife, the Harbour Planning Committee, various government organizations, and the First Nations community of the Yellowknives Dene. To balance the diverse interests of community members, our team designed an innovative consultation process that enabled stakeholders to actively participate in creating a vision to guide the Plan’s development. The program employed venues, formats, and tools designed to enable open, collaborative, and meaningful participation by the public, including workshops, focus groups, conversations with First Nation’s Elder Council and chiefs, attendance at a Drum Circle, as well as public presentations.
The resulting Harbour Plan is organized around six guiding frameworks: natural heritage, parks/open space, trails, arts/culture/tourism/heritage, harbour uses and neighbourhood/districts. Each framework sets out a clear vision, principles and recommendations.
The Harbour Plan was unanimously endorsed by Council and is providing the basis for detailed planning and implementation of projects.