Our Purpose

The purpose of a regional land use plan is to provide guidance for future land use and an indication of the desired future state of the region. This guidance may include the identification of varying degrees or types of land use in specific areas of the planning region, and should provide land use decision makers, assessors and land users with guidance and direction on the use of land, water and other renewable and non-renewable resources. By bringing clarity to the appropriate uses and levels of use of the land, a regional plan helps create certainty for land users and assists in avoiding future land use conflicts.

Terms of Reference
Dawson Regional Planning Commission (2018)

The Planning Process

1Our History

In 2011 the planning process was initiated for the Dawson Region under a previous Commission. The Commission operated until 2014, when legal proceedings regarding the Peel Watershed began. As a result, the process was suspended by the Parties in order to wait for those legal proceedings to conclude.

In 2018, Yukon and Tr’ondek Hwech’in Governments resumed the process, and in early 2019, a new Commission was announced. The valuable work completed by the previous Commission remains an important resource for the current planning process.

The Dawson planning region covers about 40,000 km2 in the northwestern part of the Yukon, and the boundaries of the region have been modified since 2011. The 2018 planning region area excludes roughly 5,000 km2 in the upper Miner and Whitestone watersheds, which will be planned for in a separate process. This removed area is often referred to as the "North Yukon Annex". As a result of this modification, the Vuntut Gwitchin Government is no longer a Party to the Plan, but will remain an observer of the process as per their overlap agreement with Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.

2Who We Are
3Why We Were Created
4What We Do
5What Happens to our Recommended Plan
6Who Helps Us
7What is the Role of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council
8Who Funds the Commission
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