Energy, Mines and Resources

Regional Land Use Planning

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Regional Land Use Plan? What can it include?

How is regional land use planning coordinated?

What is the Government of Yukon’s role in Regional Land Use Planning?

Who writes the regional land use plan?

What are the steps in the planning process?


    What is a Regional Land Use Plan? What can it include?

    Land use planning in general is a step by step process where government, First Nations, stakeholders and residents of a particular region develop a blueprint to guide the future use and development of land in their area. A regional land use plan provides a broad level vision and goals for the allocation, management and use of land and resources, including renewable, non-renewable and water-based resources within a region.

    A completed regional land use plan may include:

    • Broad goals and objectives for land use in the region.
    • General guidelines for land use and resource management in the region that can be applied to ongoing resource management activities and development assessment processes.
    • Maps that identify specific areas for designated land uses (or “zones”), accompanied with general guidelines for permitted or prohibited land uses within these areas. This may include areas for uses such as settlement, transportation corridors, resource development, conservation, consumptive and/or non consumptive uses.
    • Recommendations for more detailed planning (e.g. sub-regional plan, focal species plans, etc).
    • A description of how the regional land use plan fits with related public policies, objectives and other resource planning initiatives for the region.
    • Guidelines and procedures for implementing, monitoring, enforcing, amending and updating the plan.


    Why is regional land use planning done?

    Chapter 11 of the Yukon First Nation Final Agreements represents a commitment by the governments to conduct regional land use planning in Yukon.

    The underlying rationale for doing a land use plan is to facilitate land uses that will promote orderly development that considers the values of the land, provide for economic, social and environmental well being of the residents of the region, and to reduce or avoid conflicts between different land uses.


    How is regional land use planning coordinated?

    The process for undertaking regional land use planning in the Yukon is set out in Chapter 11 of First Nation Final Agreements. It is a multi-party process involving:

    • Yukon Land Use Planning Council
    • Government of Yukon
    • Affected Yukon First Nations (varies depending on the region)
    • Regional Land Use Planning Commissions

    The Chapter 11 process gives the Yukon government and affected Yukon First Nations the ability to establish Regional Land Use Planning Commissions, who in turn are responsible for preparing and recommending regional land use plans to government and affected Yukon First Nations.

    The Yukon Land Use Planning Council (a three person board consisting of members nominated by the Government of Yukon, Government of Canada, and the Council of Yukon First Nations) is responsible for making recommendations to government and each affected First Nation on:

    • Policies, goals and priorities for land use planning.
    • The identification of planning regions and boundaries for planning areas.
    • General Terms of Reference for Regional Land Use Planning Commissions.
    • Other matters agreed to by Yukon, Canada and affected First Nations.

    The Council also has a role, through its Secretariat, in assisting Commissions to develop regional land use plans.


    What is the Government of Yukon’s role in Regional Land Use Planning?

    The Yukon government, through the department of Energy, Mines and Resources, supports the work of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council and Regional Planning Commissions by:

    • Providing input on planning boundaries, priorities for planning regions and General Terms of Reference for Regional Land Use Planning Commissions.
    • Facilitating the flow of technical information from government to Commissions in an organized and timely manner.
    • Interpreting key legislation and policies affecting the use and allocation of land and resources for the Commissions.
    • Providing input and advice on relevant government issues, interests, policies, programs and initiatives for consideration in the development of plan options.
    • Reviewing and approving annual Council and Commission workplans and budgets.


    Who writes the regional land use plan?

    Land use plans are written by the Regional Land Use Planning Commissions. These are independent bodies consisting of individuals nominated by the Yukon government and the First Nations whose traditional territory falls within the planning region. Where a plan applies to public land, final approval of the plan is the responsibility of the Government of Yukon. Where a plan applies to First Nation settlement land, final approval is the responsibility of that first nation.


    What are the steps in the planning process?

    The steps and timing of each planning process can vary. Regional Land Use Planning Commissions provide details on their websites about their respective planning process.