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Fox Lake local area plan

Fox lake local area plan - background

What are Local Area Plans?

Local area planning is a form of land use planning that is done in unincorporated communities for private land, Yukon public land, and when undertaken jointly with First Nations, First Nation Settlement Land. Local area plans contain policies and maps that designate different areas for different land uses.

The Fox Lake local area plan will be developed with the assistance of a planning consultant and involve a steering committee, which is made up of residents from the area and the First Nation citizens.

What are the benefits of local area planning?

Planning assists in defining a community's vision of the future and how it can move forward in that direction. A local area plan provides guidelines and policies to minimize land use conflicts and make sure that future development and growth occur in a way that supports the community’s vision and that is consistent with Yukon government and First Nation policies and legislation. The planning process provides local residents with an opportunity to share their views by participating in preparing a future land use concept.

Why are the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council (TKC), Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) and the Government of Yukon preparing a local area plan for Fox Lake together?

There are several benefits in planning for an area with all the parties involved, including:

  • to establish a common land use plan for Fox Lake area; 
  • to minimize land use conflicts within and between Settlement Land and Non-Settlement Land;
  • to recognize and promote the cultural values of Yukon First Nation people in land use planning; 
  • to utilize the knowledge and experience of Yukon First Nation people in order to achieve effective land use planning; 
  • to recognize Yukon First Nations' responsibilities pursuant to Settlement Agreements for the use and management of Settlement Land;
  • to ensure that social, cultural, economic and environmental policies are applied to the management, protection and use of land, water and resources in an integrated and coordinated manner so as to ensure sustainable development on both Settlement and Non-Settlement Lands.