Peel Watershed Final Consultation
 

Final Recommended Plan

 
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Key recommendations of the Final Recommended Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan

 

80% of the region is made up of Conservation Areas in which:

• existing oil and gas and mineral claims may remain,

• no new oil and gas and mineral claims and no new roads or trails are allowed, and

• two types of Conservation Areas are recognized:

> Special Management Areas — permanently protected areas that make up 55% of the region,

> Wilderness Areas — interim protected areas that make up 25% of the region and must be reviewed from time to time.

20% of the region is made up of Integrated Management Areas in which:

• new oil, gas and mineral claims, as well as development (including roads), are allowed subject to the current regulatory process, and

• three zones have been created, each with different levels of acceptable development.

There are 28 policy recommendations and 11 research recommendations including:

• a plan must be developed for the Dempster Highway Corridor,

• the Wind River Trail should no longer be recognized as an existing route,

• off-road vehicles (except snowmobiles) should be restricted to certain locations and specific trails, and not allowed in sensitive habitats,

• no new permanent infrastructure should be allowed along major rivers, and

• the Yukon government and regional First Nations must agree on a process for deciding if a development proposal fits with the Plan. The process should involve an appropriate third party board or committee (such as the Yukon Land Use Planning Council).


 

Land use designations

 
 
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Conservation Area - 80%

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Special Management Area (SMA) - 55%
• intended to become legally designated as protected area
• permanently withdrawn from any new industrial development and surface access (e.g., roads)

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Wilderness Area - 25%
• intended to become an interim protected area
• interim withdrawal from any new industrial development and surface access (e.g., roads)

 
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Integrated Management Area - 20%

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Zone II* - 1%
• low levels of industrial development and access allowed

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Zone III - 11%
• conservative levels of industrial development and access allowed

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Zone IV - 8%
• higher levels of industrial development and access allowed

 
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Overlay Zones (overlap above categories)

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Major River Corridors
• land adjacent to the major river corridors requires special management
• no new all-season infrastructure is allowed

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Dempster Highway Corridor
• requires additional detailed planning

 
 

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  Download - 1.4 MB   HIGHLIGHTS: Final Recommended Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan.  December, 2011

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HIGHLIGHTS: Final Recommended Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan. December, 2011

  Download - 13.3 MB   Final Recommended Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan.  July 22, 2011

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Final Recommended Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan. July 22, 2011

 
 
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