White City’s story began in 1959 as a tiny village of people who dreamt of something better. Today we’re the fastest-growing community in Canada, staying true to that dream while we come up with bigger ones. Many people are drawn here for our large lots and country living — that’s something you just can’t get in the city, and we’re proud of that! We also want to be sure that singles, younger families, empty nesters looking to downsize and seniors have a place to call home here. With a recent study projecting a population boom of over 22,000 in the next 25 years, preserving the prairie peace we treasure while welcoming new faces, businesses, and amenities is something we want to get right!
Introducing The Town Centre
At the heart of White City’s future will be our new Town Centre — a place designed to give our growing community the variety of housing, services, and enjoyments we need while celebrating the neighbourly charm of a small town. Just because our town wasn’t built around a central gathering place doesn’t mean we can’t create one!
Picture wide sidewalks dotted with outdoor patios. Quaint shops, offices, restaurants, pubs, and cafés. Places to take in arts and cultural performances. Sprawling parks, trails, and a lake.
The Town Centre idea was born as far back as 2002 when the future land use map included a proposed location for the development of the core area. The Town Centre is envisioned to further enhance the lifestyle and broaden the services available to residents. It will do so by offering a central location for professional services, retail, residential and office accommodation, entertainment, food and beverage, grocery, art and cultural facilities in a small-town neighbourly style.
In 2014/15 the Town adopted The Town Centre Neighbourhood Plan. This was, and continues to be, the first neighbourhood plan in the White Butte Region and aims to supplement those policies of the Official Community Plan by guiding development and investment in the Town Centre.
Following years of planning, development consultation and numerous serviceability engineering reviews and requirements, two subdivisions, Picasso Pathways (Caverhill Developments Inc.) and Royal Park (White City Investments Ltd.), were submitted to the Community Planning Branch of the Ministry of Government Relations for subdivision approval in 2018. However, the approval of these subdivisions was put on indefinite hold by Community Planning due to the lack of wastewater capacity in place. Had development been allowed to proceed at that time, the Town would likely be seeing phase two or three of Town Centre Development taking place in 2022.
Phase I - 2022/2023
• 39 Residential Parcels
• 4 Large Condominium Parcels
• 3 Home Care Parcel
• 1 Downtown Commercial Parcel
What do Leonard Cohen, k.d. lang, Bryan Adams, Robert Bateman, Donald Sutherland, and other great Canadian artists have in common? They’re all coming to White City! Every street and roadway in the Town Centre’s Picasso Pathways neighbourhood will be named in honour of Canadian arts legends. Whether you’re looking to downsize or you’re the one who’s moving out of your parents’ place and you really want to stay in White City (close but not too close, right?), Picasso Pathways will offer you some gorgeous single-family and townhome options. And for seniors who don’t want to have to leave our amazing community (or those who’d prefer our relaxed lifestyle to the hustle and bustle of the city), Picasso Pathways will also feature residential-style homes with studio suites offering assisted care living just steps away from beautiful green space and all the charm and convenience of Town Centre’s many shops and stops.
Picasso Pathways will offer single-family and townhome options. Additionally, for seniors who don’t want to have to leave our amazing community (or those who’d prefer our relaxed lifestyle to the hustle and bustle of the city), Picasso Pathways will also feature residential-style homes with studio suites offering assisted care living just steps away from beautiful green space and all the charm and convenience of Town Centre’s many shops and stops.
Of course, one of the joys of White City is all the room to roam, and Caverhill Children’s Play Park and the RobynDale Children’s Sport Park will be the perfect excuse for kids of all ages to forget all about their video games and phones!
Check out Caverhill Developments Ltd. for more information.
Phase I - Approved in 2022 and Currently Under Development
• 150 Residential Parcels
• 2 Downtown Commerical Parcel
• White City Civic Centre Parcel
Did you know White City is said to be named after a district in London, England where one of our town’s first resident’s favourite aunt lived? The vision behind the Town Centre’s Royal Park community is to bridge the new development to these historic roots, drawing names and inspiration from London’s famous boroughs. Camden Borough, the lively heart of Town Centre, will be the first to spring up, joined soon after by Bankside, Bedford, Uxbridge, Sutton, Kenton and Addington, each like your favourite spot of tea with its own distinct flavour! These surrounding boroughs will be residential in nature, focused on the beauty of parks and encouraging a strong sense of pride in ownership.
Historically inspired and freshly designed, Royal Park will also be home to a new high school, a multi-purpose recreation centre, White City’s third elementary school and an overabundance of pathways and play spaces!
Check out Calbridge Developments And All Rite Group Of Companies for more information.
No matter how small our town’s beginnings, our dreams have been anything but! One of the most exciting possibilities for our Town Centre and all who call our community home, now and in the future, is a new gathering place for year-round fitness, fun, and friendship. Imagine two state-of-the-art ice rinks, a full-sized field house, multiple gymnasiums, meeting areas, a new home for a regional library and our own swimming pool, all connected to a much-desired high school. Outside, on the surrounding land, picture a football field, ball diamonds, even tennis, and pickleball courts. Plans have been underway for quite some time and our thriving town is determined to make this next big dream a reality!
The Multi-Use Recreation Centre is a major investment in the future of our community and our quality of life. White City's Town Centre Neighbourhood Plan would create a community hub for sports, recreation and culture. This is a huge opportunity to increase our quality of life, health and wellness and culture. It could also support economic development for our community and help realize a vibrant Town Centre, becoming the heart of our community.
Check out the Multi-Use Recreation Centre page for more information.