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

Steps to assessing conformity with a land use plan

  1. Best practice is that a proponent should seek advice from the applicable planning board(s) to ensure that their application conforms as much as possible to the plan.
  2. When a proponent submits an application for a GNWT authorization, the GNWT will ensure conformity with a plan before issuing the authorization. Each department will include a conformity check in their process prior to issuing rights, dispositions, or authorizations for the use of land or water. 
  3. The GNWT may formally refer the application to the planning board for a conformity determination. While the planning boards only do conformity determinations if referred, they are open to enquiries and dialogue to assist regulators and proponents to make their own assessments in instances where the questions are straightforward.
  4. For transboundary situations, the rules of each region apply. For instance, if an authorization crosses between the Gwich’in and the Sahtù regions, the Gwich’in plan rules govern for the portion of the project within the Gwich’in Settlement Area, and the Sahtù plan applies to that portion within the Sahtù Settlement Region. If between the Sahtù and Dehcho, the Sahtù plan applies for the Sahtù portion, and standard regulatory procedures apply in the Dehcho.
  5. When a land use plan has specificconditions, the relevant department must address the conditions and identify how they can be implemented through the authorization process. 
  6. If an application does not conform, the GNWT may inform the proponent that they have three options for proceeding: 
    • amend the application to conform
    • apply to the relevant planning board for an exception
    • apply to the relevant planning board for an amendment