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Regional Land Use Planning

Regional Land Use Planning

Regional land use planning is a step by step process where the Yukon government, First Nations, stakeholders and residents develop a blueprint to guide the future use and development of land in their area.  

Regional land use planning facilitates land uses that promote orderly development while considering the values of the land, and providing for economic, social and environmental well being of the residents of the region.

A final 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.

Latest News

Government of Yukon files amended notice of appeal in the Peel land use planning case

April 16, 2015 - Following further analysis and discussion with its newly retained legal counsel, Torys LLP, the Yukon government has broadened the scope of its appeal so that all relevant facts can be considered by the court. The appeal hearing will be held in Whitehorse on August 21 and 22.

The Government of Yukon has issued a temporary withdrawal from mineral staking for all lands in the Peel Watershed Region, effective January 8, 2015.

January 8, 2015 - The temporary staking withdrawal will apply to subsurface mineral staking administered under the Quartz Mining Act and Placer Mining Act until December 31, 2015. However, work on existing mineral claims is allowed.

Rights for oil and gas will also not be issued in the region during this period. Current regulatory processes for surface activities will continue to apply throughout the region.

The Yukon government appeals Peel land use planning case to ensure public government has say over public lands

December 30, 2014 - The Government of Yukon will appeal the Yukon Supreme Court’s December 2 decision in the Peel Watershed land use planning court case.

Through this appeal, the government is seeking clarity that the democratically elected Yukon government retains the authority to make final decisions on public lands. With several additional land use plans yet to be developed, the Yukon government recognises the impact this decision may have on the land use planning process in the territory as well as on Yukon’s economic future.

Dawson Regional Land Use Planning process is temporarily suspended

December 1, 2014 - The Government of Yukon, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Vuntut Gwitchin Government have mutually agreed to suspend the Dawson Regional Land Use Planning process.

The three parties decided to take this step after the recent conclusion of the Peel Watershed land use planning court hearings.