We won this year's Bike to Work Workplace Challenge! After entering the challenge for the past several years, we finally logged enough people and kilometers to win. Some days we had almost everyone in our office commuting to work on their bike, making bike parking tight. Congratulations to everyone who took up the challenge.

Sub-Regional Planning in Yukon - coverSince late 2014, we have been focussing much of our effort on reviewing the Common Land Use Planning Process (CLUPP) in an effort to make future planning projects more efficient and successful. One question that has come up is about sub-regional planning. The Yukon Land Use Planning Council is mandated under Chapter 11 - Land Use Planning of the Umbrella Final Agreeement. However, this chapter references sub-regional planning minimally and provides even less guidance for the application of a sub-regional planning process. The need to develop greater clarity with respect to sub-regional planning was expressed by the Council in a submission to the10 Year review of the land claim agreements in 2004 and again in a letter to the First Naton of Nacho Nyak and the Yukon Government October 5, 2017. To explore how sub-regional planning could be a part of regional planning under Chapter 11, we recently contracted Ryder Communications Management to provide this analysis.

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The Council is please to release its annual report for 2017-2018. It gives highlights on its membership, roles and relationships, the status of Yukon regional planning, and Council and their staff activities. In particular, 3 successes and 2 challenges were highlighted:

Successes:

  • Re-establishment of high-level communications with Yukon Government Yukon First Nations
  • The Council hosted the successful gathering Peel Decision and Beyond
  • Development of a Terms of Reference for the Dawson Regional Planning Commission

Challenges:

  •  The lack of establishment of a senior staff-level regional planning committee
  •  The establishment of a sub-regional planning exercise outside of Chapter 11 Land Use Planning

The Council and staff recently had a day of media relations training put on by Calypso Communications, Mosaic Communications & AVCR Video Productions. It was a fun and informative day for everyone. There were presentations, discussions, and mock radio and TV interviews.

The Council recently wrote a letter to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources requesting a meeting. Items we would like to discuss include:

  • The relationship the Council desires with Yukon Government;
  • The implications of the recent Supreme Court of Canada's on the future of regional planning in the territory;
  • Ideas the Council has for improving the process of regional planning in the territory.;
  • The reviews of Chapter 11 Regional Land Use Planning that are occurring in the next two years;
  • The Minister's invitation to speak at an upcoming workshop.

The letter is available here. This meeting is scheduled for January 31st.

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