Land Use Planning
Land use planning is critical in the Yukon. It is a collaborative way that the Yukon people can use social, environmental, economic and cultural information and knowledge to collectively determine what and how land should be protected, developed and managed in the territory. The Yukon Conservation Society feels that land use planning is critical for managing cumulative impacts and sustaining functioning ecosystems that support our quality of life in the Yukon and beyond.
There are different kinds of land use planning in the territory; regional and local.
Road Ecology presentation
The Yukon Government is developing Off Road Vehicles regulations.
The Yukon Government, the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation, and the Yukon Land Use Planning Council re-established a regional planning process around Dawson City. This new Commission has begun work in spring 2019 with the aim to deliver a regional plan.
The Yukon's Peel River Watershed is one of the largest and most beautiful intact natural areas left in North America. Encompassing 68,000 km² of mountains, rivers, forests, wetlands, it is the ancestral homeland of three Yukon First Nations, and provides crucial habitat for wildlife. A decades-long fight to protect the Watershed from industrial development culminated in December 2017, when the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its decision in the Peel Watershed legal case. The unanimous decision upholds a plan to protect Peel Watershed and sets a precedent for how modern treaties will be interpreted across Canada.
Local area planning occurs on a smaller scale for unincorporated areas of public and private land, and official community plans are creative for municipalities.
Regional land use planning is a tool that derives from Yukon First Nations Final Agreements. Seven regional land use plans are proposed for the Yukon.