The North Yukon Regional Land Use Planning Commission submitted a Recommended North Yukon Land Use Plan to Yukon Government and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Government on March 31, 2008. In 2009, they approved the Plan and are now implementing it, with some assistance from the Yukon Land Use Planning Council (see articles below). The Approved Plan is available on the Yukon Government's wetsite here.
With its work complete, the Commission no longer maintains an office or a maintained website. Commission documents are found in the Documents section of this website, here. The Council also provides some of the the Commission's spatial data. When projects are proposed in the North Yukon Planning Region, Council staff provide opinions on the consistency of the projects to the North Yukon Plan.
The area of the North Yukon region when the plan was approved was 55549 km2. However, in 2018 planning region boundaries were revised so that the North Yukon Planning Region expanded southwards. The current area of the region is 60947 km2. The newly added area (aka "the Annex") has not yet been planned.
This report describes the methods and results of a pilot study that mapped, evaluated and quantified human-caused disturbances in Land Management Unit (LMU) 9 “Eagle Plains” of the North Yukon Planning Region. It also provides recommendations for how the piloted methods of that study may be applied in other areas of the North Yukon Region and beyond and provides some options and estimated costs to do so.
As a result of a recommendation in the North Yukon Regional Land Use Plan, a new territorial park is to be established in the Summit Lake / Bell River area of northern Yukon. The Council is pleased to see that this recommendation is being implemented. To do this, the Yukon and Vuntut Gwitchin Governments created a working group in early 2016. This group has worked to define the park boundary (only loosely defined in the Plan) and develop a park managment plan.
A similar, parallel process is also proceeding for Ch'ihilii Chik, also known as Whitefish Wetlands. A working group is working on a management plan for this Habitat Protection Area. Watch fo updates and a public review process in the coming months.
The Council is not directly involved in either of these processes.
The North Yukon Regional Land Use Plan was approved in 2009, making it Yukon's first (and only) regional plan to be approved under the Umbrella Final Agreement. Since then, some parts of the plan have been implemented, while others are still in progress. In recent months, we have been requested by the Plan's Parties (Vuntut Gwitchin and Yukon Governments) to assist by providing financial and staff resources to some implementation projects as well as attend implementation meetings between the Parties. Currently, we are involved in two projects that may serve as templates for other planning regions:
Determining how best to track human disturbances in Eagle Plains. See these documents.
Analysing field data on disturbance and recovery dynamics in Eagle Plains
Final Recommended North Yukon Use Plan
(14.36 MB) was the last planning document by the North Yukon Planning Commission. Once the Parties (Vuntut Gwitchin and Yukon Governments) made slight modifications and approved it, this plan became the North Yukon Regional Land Use Plan, or the Approved Plan. Therefore, the Parties distribute this version on their site.
As a courtesy to the Parties, the Council assists with updates of this plan, as needed. These updates will be posted in our documents section folder
The first such revision was to update Map #1 which depicts the land use categories. In particular, the areas withdrawn from staking where updated to reflect changes since the Plan was published.