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