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First Working Draft Dehcho Land Use Plan Comments from the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development – March 2005
Scope of Review 3 primary components: 1. 0 Legislative Conformity and Crown Obligations 2. 0 Integration of Plans with Existing Policies, Programs, Strategies and Processes 3. 0 Pofessional Land Use Planning Principles and Practices
Outline of DIAND’s Comments • Executive Summary • Background and Scope of Review • Section 1. 0 – Legislative Conformity & Crown Obligations • Section 2. 0 – Integration of Plan with Existing Policies, Programs, Strategies & Processes • Section 3. 0 – Professional Land Use Planning Principles & Practises • Section 4. 0 – Editorial Comments & Questions
How the Review was Conducted • DCLUPC submitted First Draft Plan [the Plan] to DIAND on Feb 18 th, 2005. • Cross-Directorate Working Group formed, representing 9 Directorates in NWT Region & 7 in Headquarters [Ottawa].
Overview of DIAND’s Key Findings • Strong 1 st Draft Plan. • The Committee should be commended for it’s elegant model [Figure 1], a unique & significant contribution to comprehensive & integrated northern land use planning. • Requires further discussion and work in some areas leading to Revised Draft Plan.
1. 0 Legislative Conformity and Crown Obligations Consistency with Existing Legislation & Crown Obligations: – Strengthen recognition & reference the IRDA & the IMA. – More emphasis on Plan approval process and status for implementation without Final Agreement.
1. 0 Legislative Conformity and Crown Obligations………. Existing Regulatory Framework – Clarify “Terms” in Table 7 which might conflict or duplicate existing legislation and roles of RAs. – Clarify the “pacing-of-development” concept based on the Econ. Dev. Strategy [EDS].
2. 0 Integration with Existing Policies, Programs and Strategies Cumulative Effects – Strengthen linkages to CEAM Strategy and Framework. Sustainable Development – Strengthen Dehcho Baseline information. – Add mechanism/criteria to help gauge success of Plan in striving for sustainable communities & sustainable development.
2. 0 Integration with Existing Policies, Programs and Strategies…. Conservation Zones [CZs] / NWT Protected Areas Strategy – – – Further clarify Plan/PAS interrelationships. Address access issue into the SMZs & GUZs which cross the CZs - in terms of protection and dev. values Further evaluate zoning in some areas.
2. 0 Integration with Existing Policies, Programs and Strategies…. Trans-Boundary Land Uses/ Mackenzie Gas Project & Pipeline – Address trans-boundary land uses, including the proposed Mackenzie Gas pipeline. – Designate a “Special Infrastructure Corridor” for the proposed pipeline within the CZs & include more detail in definition & on related terms & conditions.
3. 0 Professional Land Use Planning Principles and Practices Land Use Designations & the Zoning System – More fully describe the economic implications of Plan by running it through the EDA Model. – Clarify designation and scope of CZs [not withdrawn] – really “temporary”, OR permanent? – Clarify “faster” regarding interim-protection during non-renewable resource assessment [NRA] work. – Explain role of Committee during implementation re Canada Mining Regs. amendments – similar to Gwich’in Land Use Planning Board?
3. 0 Professional Land Use Planning Principles and Practices…. . Land Use Designations & the Zoning System… – Consider permitting oil and gas activities in specific SMZ’s. – Stress that NRA work, via the PAS process, for the Pehdzeh Ki Deh & Sambaa K’e/Redknife River Areas of Interest, & MERA [Nahanni NPR] will be part of boundary decisions & changes to CZ designations during 5 -year Plan Review.
3. 0 Professional Land Use Planning Principles and Practices…. . Access Implications – Address the implications to oil & gas and mining industries from access restrictions on CZs & allweather roads across SMZs, to “islands” of GUZs for their seismic, exploration and development work. – Relatively large amount of land zoned for CZs & SMZs could impact future income generation from resource royalties which may be needed to pay for a Dehcho Government post Final Agreement.
3. 0 Professional Land Use Planning Principles and Practices…. . Mineral Information – Expand the definition of “Mining” to include Coal Exploration & Dredging – both have their own Regulations. Oil & Gas Information – In Table 6, only 21% of the zones [4 of the 19 rated for oil & gas ] allow for this land use compared to mining at 26% & forestry at 33%.
3. 0 Professional Land Use Planning Principles and Practices…. . Oil & Gas Information…. – Maps related to oil and gas & existing activities require refinement. – EDA Model section – figure of only 16 wells very modest; may not support sustained employment & business dev.
3. 0 Professional Land Use Planning Principles and Practices…. . Overall Plan Scope & Format – Write the Revised Draft Plan as if it were the final Plan. – Consider showing revisions in the Revised Draft Plan & footnoting these to the submitted comments. – Add IMA & IRDA to Appendices. – Consider locating portions of EDA Model section right on Maps 5, 6, & 7 [oil & gas, mining, & forestry]. – Consider extracting & consolidating key policies from “Working Draft Policy Recommendations” into a new Vision section further up front & the EDS section into a new chapter on Implementation, Mon. & Review.
3. 0 Professional Land Use Planning Principles and Practices…. . Plan Implementation, Monitoring & Review – Add chapter on plan implementation, monitoring and review. – Include references to the IMA reqs. [App II, Articles 24. on conformity and 25. on post Final Agreement revisions to Plan], & describe how approved Plan will revise & replace the current land withdrawals.
3. 0 Professional Land Use Planning Principles and Practices… Plan Implementation, Monitoring & Review… – Address Committee’s protocols [steps, terms & rules] for granting: • “Exceptions to the Plan”; and • “Amendments to the Plan”. – How “Comprehensive Reviews of the Plan” would be carried out [usually every 5 years].
Conclusion Staff of the Dept. would be pleased to meet with the Committee on any of the detailed comments provided.