Wednesday, February 17

 11:00am - 12:30pm

Local Area Plans: lessons learned from planning Yukon's rural areas with First Nations

Wednesday, February 17, 12:00 - 12:30 Governance – Evolving Role of Land Use Planning

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Local area plans are a form of land use planning for Yukon’s unincorporated settlements areas. Generally, these plans cover relatively small areas, are fairly detailed in nature and have historically focussed on managing growth and providing basic development rules within a rural residential setting. Local area plans are not legislated, but enforceable through legislation for zoning, subdivision and other land and resource development policies. The earliest plans date back to the 1970s and 80s. Development pressures in the 1990s led to the development of a series of new plans in Whitehorse’s vicinity, such as for Mount Lorne and Ibex Valley. Their development process mirrored that of official community plans for Yukon municipalities. For their development, Yukon government worked closely with property owners in the planning area. Since the settlement of land claims, Yukon government started to partner with First Nation governments to jointly plan with local residents. This led to an increased complexity of the planning processes and greater effort when building consensus amongst planning participants. Most recently, Yukon government has been approached by First Nations to develop local area plans for larger areas located adjacent to highways in order to provide an alternative to spot land applications (unplanned development). This has led to new planning challenges, such as overlap with other resource development plans and initiatives and a more intense focus on wildlife issues. Other new planning issues include climate change considerations, densification of residential developments and interest in providing a greater range of land uses in planning areas.