Yukon Planning Regions

The Yukon Government, the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, and the YLUPC re-established a regional planning process around Dawson City. This new Commission will begin work in spring 2019 with the aim to deliver a regional plan.

A previous Commission for this region worked through the early stages of planning. That process was suspended while the commission was developing a Draft Plan. 

Commission Website: http://dawson.planyukon.ca/

Area of region: 39854 km2

The Commission by the SS Keno


The cabin: too small to fit everything at once!

From April 8-10th, the Commission attended their Orientation and Training workshop in Dawson. Over those days, the new members learned about each other, about their planning task, and started building their team. It was a constructive and often fun few days where the Commission heard many of the from the leaders from the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in (Chief Roberta Joseph), Government of Yukon (Energy, Mines and Resources Minister Ranj Pillai), members of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council, and past Chairs of other commissions. The Commission also met with support staff, and colleagues within the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in and Government of Yukon. During the "cabin-building exercise", the Commission tried their hand at planning out what (and when) could go into a cabin.

The Yukon Land Use Planning Council was proud to support and organize this workshop. Special thanks to facilitator John Glynn-Morris.

A summary of the workshop is found here.

DRPC logoIt is with great excitement that we report the official appointment of the Dawson Region Planning Commission! The Yukon and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in governments each nominated three people to the six-person Commission in accordance with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Final Agreement.

DRPC LogoThe Dawson Regional Planning Commission is close to being appointed and we expect that the Yukon Government and Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in  will announce the members by early November. We are looking forward having a Commission again!

We will work with the Parties to train and orient the new members over the next few months. Depending on the Commission's schedules and directions, we can anticipate some public events or engagement early in 2019. We anticipate that the Commission board meetings will most often be in Dawson City.

Tim Van Hinte was recently hired as the Senior Planner for the Commission. He can be reached at his Whitehorse office at 867-667-7397.

This Commission will be given a Terms of Reference that was developed by the Council in collaboration with the Parties, who have now approved it. This document provides the Commission with their mandate, general expectations, and relationships with the Parties and others. It builds on, and is consistent with, the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Final Agreement.

Tim Van HinteThe Yukon Land Use Planning Council has hired Tim Van Hinte as the Senior Land Use Planner to assist the Dawson Regional Planning Commission. Tim brings a range of planning experience from across Canada and is looking forward to assisting the Commission in developing the regional plan.

Restart buttonFor almost 3 years, the Dawson Regional Land Use Planning process has been suspended. In late 2014, the Government of Yukon, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Vuntut Gwitchin Government (the "Parties") mutually agreed to suspend the process until the Peel Watershed court case reaches final resolution at the Supreme Court of Canada. Now that a decision has been reached, the Parties are discussing a restart. Among the many things being addressed are:

  • Terms of Reference for the Commission
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Operational details
  • How the new Terms of Reference will include new planning concepts suggested in recent years
  • Status of Dawson planning progress and products
  • Necessary updates to the Commission's knowledge base: what has changed in 3 years?

The Council and staff support these discussions with advice and meeting space. We look forward actively participating in a new planning process!

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