Regional Land Use Planning: Guidelines on what to expect from the Government of the Northwest Territories – 2016

Implementing approved land use plans

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Implementation of land use plans is a shared responsibility in the NWT. The GNWT implements approved land use plans with actions that further a plan’s vision and goals, and decision-making aligned with conditions in the plans. The GNWT’s roles  and responsibilities in implementing land use plans include:

  1. As an approval authority and land manager: Once a plan is approved, the GNWT will implement the plan when issuing rights and authorizations related to land, water, and resources. In addition, the GNWT will make reasonable efforts to complete all actions directed to the GNWT. However, that does not imply a commitment to additional government funding. While conditions or conformity requirements are legally binding, any additional recommendations identified in land use plans are advisory in nature so the GNWT will consider implementing the recommendations wherever feasible and appropriate.
  2. Issuer of rights and authorizations: Four departments issue rights and authorizations in accordance with approved land use plans: Department of Lands; Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment; and Department of Transportation.
  3. Inspection and enforcement of permits, licences, and leases: Post-devolution, the GNWT enforces conditions set-out in land and water authorizations.
  4. Authority referral for conformity:  The GNWT has the authority to refer a proposed activity to the planning board to determine whether a land use activity is in line with the approved land use plan.
  5. Proponent applying for rights and authorizations: The GNWT, like any proponent, incorporates approved land use plans into project applications to ensure that proposed land use activities conform to the plan.