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.
Dawson Regional Planning Commission

Offices Closed

We want to provide you with an update from the Yukon Land Use Planning Council and the Dawson Regional Planning Commission regarding operations as we responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 16th, 2020 Yukon’s Chief Medical Officers gave a press conference asking Yukoners to undertake several precautionary measures to help prevent spreading the virus across the territory.  Yukoners are being asked to work from home. Those returning from abroad are required to self-isolate for two weeks, and there is now a temporary ban on all gatherings of more than 50 people. Parents are asked to stay at home with their children.

As such, we will be closing our office until the end of March and the staff are working from home. We will remain operational during this time and all staff will be checking e-mails and voicemail (unless they are on holidays). We anticipate having to alter our meeting plans to accommodate for a teleconference or video call, instead of meetings in-person. Will continue to monitor the situation in Yukon and proceed as advised by Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.


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