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.
Related News & Events
September 16, 2019
A celebration for the signing of the Peel Watershed final land use plan. Friday Sept 27th at Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
YCS has been advocating for wetlands protection in the Yukon.
We led a workshop to educate lands managers around wetlands issues in the fall of 2019.
In February 2020 we held an event to inspire Yukoners to value and protect wetlands.
See our presentation on our Programs - Land Use Planning page!
YCS has developed a presentation on Road Ecology- the study of the ecological impacts of Roads in the Yukon.
Go to our Land Use Planning page to view the 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. Despite the Covid-19 freeze on physical meetings, the DRLUP process continues.
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 upheld the Umbrella Final Agreement and its land use planning process, and set 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.