Regional Land Use Planning

Regional Land Use Planning

Peel watershed regional land use planning

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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.

The temporary staking withdrawal applies to subsurface mineral staking administered under the Quartz Mining Act and Placer Mining Act until January 1, 2018. 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.


Background


The land use planning process for the Peel Watershed Region was initiated in October 2004, with the establishment of the Peel Watershed Planning Commission. For an overview of the process that led to the submission of the Recommended Plan and the Final Recommended Plan, please visit the Peel Watershed Planning Commission’s website.

The Parties to the Peel Watershed regional planning process are: the Gwich’in Tribal Council, the First Nation of Na-cho Nyäk Dun, Tr'ondëk Hwëch’in, the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, and the Yukon government.


Timeline for the Peel Watershed regional land use planning process

2014

In January 2014, the Yukon government concludes the consultation process with First Nation governments.

On Janauary 21, 2014, the Yukon government adopts a land use plan which applies only to public lands in the Peel Watershed region.

The interim withdrawal from mineral staking in the Peel Watershed region expires on January 21, 2014 and is replaced with a permanent withdrawal from mineral staking in areas designated as Protected Areas within the Yukon government’s land use plan for the region.

The Yukon government has put in place a renewed relief from assessment order for existing claimholders in the Protected Areas and Restricted Use Wilderness Areas in the Peel Watershed Land Use Plan. This order only affects claims that were already in place when the Plan was adopted on January 21, 2014. The relief order will be in effect for one year, from February 4, 2014, to February 4, 2015.


2013

In January 2013, the Yukon government extended the relief from assessment order affecting all claim holders in the Peel Watershed planning region to February 4, 2014. 

In February 2013, the four-month public consultation ended on February 25, 2013.

In April 2013, the Yukon government released the What We Heard document, summarizing comments provided during consultation, along with all the feedback received.

In May 2013, the Yukon government extended the interim withdrawal from mineral staking in the Peel Watershed region to December 31, 2013.

In December 2013, the Yukon government extended the interim withdrawal from mineral staking in the Peel Watershed region to January 21, 2014.


2012

In February 2012, the Yukon government releases its [ 77 KB] used to review the Peel Watershed Planning Commission's Recommended Plan.

Yukon government also extended the interim withdrawal from mineral staking in the Peel Watershed region to September 4, 2012, and implements a temporary relief from assessment order affecting all claim holders in the Peel Watershed planning region to February 4, 2013. 

In August 2012, the Yukon government extends the interim withdrawal from mineral staking in the Peel Watershed region to May 4, 2013.

In October 2012, the Yukon government launched a public consultation process on the land use plan for the Peel Watershed region, inviting the public and stakeholders to provide input on the Final Recommended Plan and on the territorial government’s proposed new land use designations which could be applied in the Peel Watershed Region.


2011

In January 2011, the Parties signed a joint letter of understanding (LOU) and work-plan 
[ 315 KB] that confirmed their commitment to the process, and clarified objectives, principles, timeframes and procedures.

In February 2011, the Yukon government submitted a response to the Peel Watershed Planning Commission on the Recommended Plan.

In July 2011, the Final Recommended Plan was submitted to the Yukon government and First Nation governments. The Parties conducted internal and intergovernmental reviews of the document.


2010

In July 2010, the Yukon government and First Nation governments conducted a public consultation process on the Recommended Plan.

In December 2010, the Yukon government initiated a mineral staking withdrawal in the Peel Watershed Region until February 4, 2012. The withdrawal is to provide certainity during the regional land use planning process. The withdrawal applies to the issuance of new sub-surface rights only. This means no staking of any new quartz or placer claims and no new rights will be issued for oil and gas or coal.


2009

In December 2009, the Recommended Plan was submitted to the Yukon government and First Nation governments. The Parties conducted internal and intergovernmental reviews of the document.

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