Message from the Commission

We are very pleased to share with the public a Draft Land Use Plan for the Dawson region.

This Draft Plan is the result of the collaboration of many people and our planning partners over the past two years. It reflects our vision and planning philosophy, ‘On the Land We Walk Together ‘/ ‘Nän käk ndä tr'ädäl’.

We hope that it will help chart our collective future, prosperity, and our connection to the land we all love.

The Dawson Planning Region is truly a unique area of the Yukon. It is characterized by its distinctive landscape, deep-rooted cultural traditions, and healthy ecosystems. It is a region that has sustained generations of First Nations and non-First Nations people with its wealth of natural resources.

This Draft Plan is guided by the principles of sustainable development and stewardship and is intended to reflect the values and interests of the community. It is designed to enable the people of the planning region to build a diverse economy while maintaining rich cultural legacies and a thriving environment.

The vision of this Draft Plan is that people who live, work, and play in the Dawson Region are stewards with a shared responsibility of the land for future generations.

It is our hope that this Plan will form a blueprint for the stewardship of the Dawson region, and guide the management of land, water, and resources.

It is built within the context of a collaborative approach that we have undertaken with everyone who is interested in the Dawson Region.

The Draft Plan is the starting point for the next phase in our planning process, which will be to develop a Recommended Plan as set out in Chapter 11 of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Final Agreement.

Over the summer and fall (until November 1st), we will gather feedback from the public and our Plan Partners that we will consider when we produce a Recommended Plan in 2022.

On behalf of the Commission members and staff, I would like to express our sincere thanks to community members, individuals, stakeholders, Plan Partners, and everyone who participated in our last public engagement phase for their participation and support. 

We look forward to hearing from you again as we move closer to completion of a Recommended Plan for the Dawson region.

We are confident that we can achieve our goal of balancing values and finding compromises that most people can live with. Doing this work together is not only in our best interests, but for our children and our children’s children.

Thank you to everyone for being with us on this journey to date, and we look forward to walking together on the path ahead.

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)
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