Yukoner's have been talking a lot about regional land use planning lately. Great! Regional land use planning in the Yukon is our mandate, so we like the interest. Here are some recent achievements and activities of the Council and staff:
- The Northern Planning Conference: we hosted over 230 people in mid-February and received raving reviews.
- We attended and presented at the YESAA Forum on Sustainability in Haines Junction in early March.
- We attended and presented at the NWT Land Use Planning Forum in Yellowknife in late March.
- We taught 2 classes in a University of Alberta Land Use Planning in Northern Canada course (at Yukon College)
- We re-submitted a second conformity check for Northern Cross’ “Eagle Plains Multi-Well Exploration Program” (YESAB project #2014-0112)
Our on-going projects:
- Hiring a Senior Policy & Planning Advisor in an attempt to replace Gerald Isaac who is retiring this spring. So long Gerald!
- North Yukon Regional Plan conformity checks
- Proceedings for the Northern Planning Conference
- Working with the Yukon Government and the Vuntut Gwitch'in Government to establishing a disturbance baseline for the Eagle Plains area (LMU 9 of the North Yukon Regional Land Use Plan)
- encouraging responses from the Yukon and First Nation Governments regarding important regional planning issues
- Write a series of discussion papers (many already started). These will then be discussed with the signatories to Yukon’s Land Claim Agreements in order to reach a common understanding and consensus on implementing Chapter 11 Land Use Planning. Topics include:
- Assisting the Yukon Government and Vuntut Gwitchin Government with the implementation of the North Yukon Regional Land Use Plan, beyond conformity checks and disturbance baseline establishment.
- A 2017 Conference or Workshop (theme TBA).
Also expected this spring is a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada on whether or not to take the case of the Peel Watershed Land Use Plan. While the Council has had no direct role in the legal actions taken so far, the legal rulings could greatly effect the work plan proposed.
For further detail, you may want to review our 2016-2017 Annual Work Plan and Budget, recently approved by the Yukon Land Use Planning Council. It discusses recent events pertinent to Yukon regional planning, and discusses what the Council hopes to achieve this fiscial year.