New Land Use Planner Hired

The Yukon Land Use Planning Council has hired Katie Fraser as the Land Use Planner to assist the Senior Land Use Planner and the Dawson Regional Planning Commission.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Wildlife Biology from McGill University, and has over 7 years of experience working in the field of natural resource management within Yukon. Most recently, Katie has worked as both an Assessment Officer and Manager for the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) within the Dawson district office, where she gained ample experience conducting and directing environmental and socio-economic assessments within the Dawson region. Katie is from Dawson City, where she continues to reside with her family. Katie is excited for the opportunity to participate in the development of the Dawson Regional Land Use Plan.




June 2019 Update

At the Commission's meeting on June 18-19 (see agenda), the following items were discussed:

  • the Senior Planner's report
  • administrative matters
  • an overview of the Resource Assessment Report (in draft)
  • public engagement and communications
  • issues and interests, as presented by the Parties: Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Yukon Government
  • a review of Land Management Units and other plan concepts contemplated by the previous Commission
  • a review of the Commission's Vision Statement

The Commission adopted their Policies and Procedures document and the minutes for meeting #1.

The day after the meeting, the Commission and some staff toured much of the region by air. Their first excursion took them north to Tombstone Park then the Tatonduk River, then back up the Yukon River via the 40 Mile town-site and Clinton Creek. Their second excursion took them south to the mouth of the White River, then to Coffee Creek, then back via the Indian River Valley and the Goldfields.

Tombstone Territorial Park
Lunch break in the hanger
Placer mining in the Indian River Valley

Orientation and Training

The new Commission

From April 8-10th, the Commission attended their Orientation and Training workshop in Dawson. Over those days, the new members learned about each other, about their planning task, and started building their team. It was a constructive and often fun few days where the Commission heard many of the  from the leaders from the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in (Chief Roberta Joseph), Government of Yukon (Energy, Mines and Resources Minister Ranj Pillai), members of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council, and past Chairs of other commissions. The Commission also met with support staff, and colleagues within the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in and Government of Yukon. During the "cabin-building exercise", the Commission tried their hand at planning out what (and when) could go into a cabin.

The cabin: too small to fit everything at once!

Special thanks to facilitator John Glynn-Morris and the support from the Yukon Land Use Planning Council.

A summary of the workshop is found here.

DRPC at the Dawson City International Gold Show

On May 17th and 18th the Dawson Regional Planning Commission attended the 2019 Dawson City International Gold Show.  It was a great opportunity for them to introduce themselves the the community and to have meaningful conversations about the future of the Dawson Region.  The Commission will be reaching out to the community often in the coming months.  Keep an eye out around town and on our website for more engagement activities. 



Yukon Regional Planning Links


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Planning Resources:

Commission Members