Yukon Planning Regions

The Yukon Government, the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, and the YLUPC re-established a regional planning process around Dawson City. This new Commission began working in spring 2019 with the aim to deliver a regional plan. They delivered a Draft Plan in June 2021.

A previous Commission for this region worked through the early stages of planning. That process was suspended while the commission was developing a Draft Plan. 

Commission Website: http://dawson.planyukon.ca/

Area of region: 39854 km2

DRPC LogoThe Dawson Regional Planning Commission is close to being appointed and we expect that the Yukon Government and Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in  will announce the members by early November. We are looking forward having a Commission again!

We will work with the Parties to train and orient the new members over the next few months. Depending on the Commission's schedules and directions, we can anticipate some public events or engagement early in 2019. We anticipate that the Commission board meetings will most often be in Dawson City.

Tim Van Hinte was recently hired as the Senior Planner for the Commission. He can be reached at his Whitehorse office at 867-667-7397.

This Commission will be given a Terms of Reference that was developed by the Council in collaboration with the Parties, who have now approved it. This document provides the Commission with their mandate, general expectations, and relationships with the Parties and others. It builds on, and is consistent with, the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Final Agreement.

Tim Van HinteThe Yukon Land Use Planning Council has hired Tim Van Hinte as the Senior Land Use Planner to assist the Dawson Regional Planning Commission. Tim brings a range of planning experience from across Canada and is looking forward to assisting the Commission in developing the regional plan.

Restart buttonFor almost 3 years, the Dawson Regional Land Use Planning process has been suspended. In late 2014, the Government of Yukon, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Vuntut Gwitchin Government (the "Parties") mutually agreed to suspend the process until the Peel Watershed court case reaches final resolution at the Supreme Court of Canada. Now that a decision has been reached, the Parties are discussing a restart. Among the many things being addressed are:

  • Terms of Reference for the Commission
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Operational details
  • How the new Terms of Reference will include new planning concepts suggested in recent years
  • Status of Dawson planning progress and products
  • Necessary updates to the Commission's knowledge base: what has changed in 3 years?

The Council and staff support these discussions with advice and meeting space. We look forward actively participating in a new planning process!

Dawson Regional Planning CommissionAs of December 1st, the Dawson Regional Planning Commission's planning process has been suspended until the Peel Watershed court case has a final resolution. The suspension of the process was mutually agreed to by the three parties to the planning process: the Government of Yukon, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Vuntut Gwitchin Government. The Yukon Government provided a press release on the matter. The Yukon Land Use Planning Council is reviewing the matter and is working with the Dawson Regional Planning Commission and their staff.

The Commission's office in Dawson City may be open as late as the end of December, but may close a week or two earlier. After the closure, questions about the Dawson Regional Land Use Plan should be directed to the Yukon Land Use Planning Council.

Thanks to all who contributed to the process. We look forward to the recommencement of the process and the completion of the Dawson Regional Land Use Plan.

The Dawson Regional Planning Commission has just wrapped up the public consultation on their Plan Alternatives. After several months of working with the Yukon,Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Governments and stakeholders, the Commission produced five plan alternatives that sketch out different possible directions the Draft Plan may take. After the review period ended on March 2, 2014, the Commission will now consider all the feedback and start to develop a Draft Plan that will likely be based on one or more alternatives. The staff of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council contributed analytical and administrative support to this project.

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