ENVIRONMENT YUKON






 

Planning

Regional land use plans

 

Significance

 

Developing long-term management plans through public processes helps governments recognize and balance competing views about how lands and natural resources should be used.

 

Plans are tools that support effective management and are important obligations arising from Yukon First Nation Final Agreements. Chapter 11 of the Yukon First Nation Final Agreements established the regional land use planning process and represents a commitment by the governments to conduct regional land use planning in Yukon. It is a process where the Yukon government, First Nations, stakeholders and residents interact with a planning commission to develop a plan to guide the future use and sustainable development of land in a particular planning region.


Regional planning is intended to reflect the Traditional Knowledge, experience and recommendations of residents, as well as incorporate science and broad socio-economic and environmental interests.

 

What is happening?

 

  • The Yukon Land Use Planning Council established seven planning regions in Yukon. See interactive map and table below.
  • No regional land use planning processes are currently underway in Yukon. Various projects by the Yukon Land Use Planning Council are underway to lend clarity to how regional land use planning will be conducted in the future.

 

 

Regional Land Use Plans Status  
Dawson On Hold

The Dawson Planning Commission produced and consulted on a Resource Assessment Report and Plan Alternatives.


In December, 2014, the Yukon government, Vuntut Gwitchin and Tr’ondek Hwech’in agreed to pause the Dawson planning process until after the Peel court process reaches its ultimate conclusion and the Parties agree to a path forward for planning in the Yukon.

North Yukon Current 2009 In 2009, the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and Yukon government approved the North Yukon Regional Land Use Plan. It provides a sustainable development framework for land management, while addressing the key issues of oil and gas development in Porcupine caribou herd habitat and development impacts in wetlands. The plan also recommends protected area status for the Whitefish Wetlands and the Summit Lake-Bell River area. It identifies important traditional use and wildlife areas that were mapped from local and traditional knowledge.
Peel Watershed On Hold

There is a staking moratorium across the Peel Watershed regional land use planning region, which expires on January 1, 2018.


Work on existing mineral claims is allowed.


Land use planning will continue for the Peel Watershed region once the final outcome from the Peel court challenge is known and the Parties agree on a path forward.

Teslin On Hold The initial Teslin planning process was suspended in 2004 before a Draft Plan was produced. In September 2011, the Yukon Land Use Planning Council recommended the Teslin Region as a priority planning region and work has begun on a Terms of Reference for a planning commission.
Northern Turchone Not Started This region’s planning boundaries have not been established.
Kluane Not Started In September 2011, the Yukon Land Use Planning Council recommended the Kluane Region as a priority planning region and work has begun on a Terms of Reference for a planning commission.
Whitehorse Not Started This region’s planning boundaries have not been established.
White River N/A Regional planning as envisioned in the Yukon Final Agreements will not occur in the White River Core Area. White River First Nation does not have a Final Agreement.
North Slope N/A The Yukon North Slope is part of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. As such, the provisions set out in the Inuvialuit Final Agreement speak to how land use planning processes are to be undertaken. The Final Agreement provides for the Inuvialuit to be effectively involved in all bodies, functions, and decisions pertaining to land and wildlife management in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region.
Kaska N/A Regional planning as envisioned under the Umbrella Final Agreement does not apply to asserted Kaska Traditional Territory, as Kaska does not have a Final Agreement.