Commission Member Resignation

As announced at the October 6th Commission meeting, Art Webster has resigned from the Dawson Regional Planning Commission.  The Commission and DRPC staff would like to take this opportunity to express their gratitude to Art for all of the work that he contributed during his time as a Commission member, and for taking on additional duties in the role of Vice Chair. 

Art brought an invaluable mix of experience to the Commission from his political and entrepreneurial past.  His enthusiasm and passion for the Dawson Region was abundant and the energy that he brought to the table will be missed. 

On behalf of the Commission and DRPC staff, we thank Art for his dedication during his time as a DRPC Commission member and wish him all the best on his future adventures.   



Dawson Regional Planning Commission Update – June 17, 2020

We hope that you and your family are staying healthy during this time – the Dawson Regional Planning Commission would like to share a quick update with you on some of our progress this spring.

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the Commission continues on in their mandate to craft a land use plan for the Dawson region that will achieve the objectives of Chapter 11 of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Final Agreement. Members of the Commission are in unanimous agreement that we conduct our work in a manner that is open and transparent, and it is important to us that we remain accountable to the public as we progress.

Accordingly, we will host a Commission Meeting accessible to the public in July. The format will depend on the advice of the Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health, but we are exploring various options, and will provide details when available.

In addition, Commission staff have been busy working on the following key planning items:

  • The Dawson Planning Region Resource Assessment Report (RAR) is now complete and available on our website (click here). This edition of the RAR has been updated from the original 2013 version with the assistance of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council and technical staff from Yukon Government and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. The report has also been updated based on feedback we received from the public and planning partners in the fall of 2019 and winter of 2020. Thank you to those people and groups who took the time to submit comments to us! A special thanks goes out to Nicole Percival (Yukon Land Use Planning Council) whose work on this report was excellent.
  • Staff are working to incorporate recent survey information received from the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Land Stewardship Framework Program as well as an online youth survey we conducted this spring. This information will be incorporated into the final Issues and Interests Report and In Your Words Summary Report of Public Engagement.
  • Staff has received feedback from the Yukon Government and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in on the Commission’s Draft Plan Goals and Objectives and will be summarizing this information for the Commission to review at its next meeting.

As always, we remain dedicated to seeking input, feedback, and guidance from the public and plan partners us as we work towards achieving our objectives. Please let us know if you have any questions.

DRPC: Continuing to Work in a Virtual World

On April 23 2020 the Commission held a morning working session to discuss how they will proceed over the spring and summer given Covid-19 related restrictions and opportunities. We are slowly learning how to proceed in a virtual world!

The Commission has agreed to a meeting schedule of two morning working sessions per month in May and June to discuss key planning items and to provide staff with direction. Instead of in-person meetings, the Commission has directed staff to provide regular updates to the public online and to use engagement tools when necessary, including online surveys and polls.

A few key highlights from the meeting:

• Completion of the Resource Assessment Report SOON! – Set to be finalized in May 2020 and available on our website.

• Staff are again working with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Land Stewardship Framework Program on engaging with citizens via online surveys and phone interviews. Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in is leading this initiative with support from Commission staff, and we will await submission of this information prior to completing the final Issues and Interests Report and the In Your Words Summary Report of Public Engagement, this spring.

• Staff are reaching out to those interest groups that were identified as a gap in the draft In Your Words Report. This includes Elders / Seniors and Youth, as well as the tourism industry

• Following input from citizen engagement results from Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, staff will seek feedback on the Commission's Draft Plan Goals and Objectives from the Yukon Government and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government, and will begin developing appropriate and effective tools to engage the public and plan partners on this key planning item.

We thank everyone for their contributions and interest in the planning process, and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions!

Changing approaches...

As with everyone, the Commission continues to work out the details of how to proceed in these unprecedented times. With full support from the Yukon Land Use Planning Council and Commission members, staff continue to work from home, and are balancing the need to prioritize their families while remaining active in their planning roles.

The Commission regrets that the public portion of their April meeting had to be postponed. We had worked closely with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Land Stewardship Framework Program to co-host this session, and we were very excited for the opportunity to hear from members of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in community on their values and interests. We acknowledge that until this session can be held, we are limited in our ability to fully consider the full scope of planning issues in the Dawson region. As such, Commission members and staff continue to work closely on other aspects of the land use planning process, and continue to explore options to host virtual meetings open to the public. As always, we remain dedicated to bringing you along with us as we work towards achieving our objectives.

In order to keep the public informed and interested, we will be providing more regular updates through our online avenues, including our Facebook page, website, and to your email if you have provided it to us. While we are limited in our capacity to fully engage at this time, we are also exploring new surveys or polls on our engagement website focused on communicating key items with you. Please stay tuned. Above all, we ask for your patience as we work through this challenging time. Please know that we are working hard to communicate with you, as much as we can, in a way that works best for everyone.
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