YELLOWKNIFE (May 1, 2015) – Anyone wishing to learn more about the lots available in the upcoming Ingraham Trail Cabin Lot Ballot Draw may download a copy of the lot information package from the Department of Lands website:http://www.lands.gov.nt.ca.
In March, Minister of Lands Robert C. McLeod announced that recreational leases for 22 lots located in existing surveyed subdivisions along the Ingraham Trail would be made available this summer in an open ballot draw. “This responds to concerns and interests we heard during the Recreational Land Management Framework public engagement and helps to address public demand for recreational leasing in the Ingraham Trail area,” said Minister McLeod. “The department is hiring an independent draw master to conduct an open and transparent ballot draw on July 27th, 2015 as part of our ongoing commitment to managing land in the NWT responsibly.”
The information package now available includes:
- Lot locations, including maps, coordinates, lot descriptions and fees
- Ballot draw eligibility criteria
- Ballot draw and leasing process
- General tips and considerations
In addition to the information package, the Department of Lands website also has maps of the available lots, important dates regarding the application and draw process and outlines the lease fees for the available lots.
The ballot draw process is designed to be open, clear and transparent and to allow all NWT residents that meet the minimum age requirements to enter the draw. The process was developed after careful review of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Land Use and Sustainability Framework, the Recreational Land Management Framework public engagement and the goals and priorities of the government.
To address any public concerns about the process, the Department of Lands is hiring an independent draw master to administer the draw. Information on how to enter and the name of the draw master will be made available on Monday, June 29th, 2015 on the Department of Lands website. A non-refundable $100 ballot entry fee must be paid for all entries.
The department encourages residents interested in entering the draw to review the eligibility criteria and visit the lots to decide their lot preferences. Some lots are water access only, so please plan ahead, be safe and be respectful of the environment and the existing lessees.
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A two-stage ballot draw will be held on Monday, July 27th, 2015 in Yellowknife. For each ballot drawn, the draw master will randomly draw a lot selection position number that will be attributed to that ballot. The ballot holder that is attributed position number one (1) will be the first to select a lot during the lot selection meeting, followed by position number two (2), and so on, until position number 22.
Ballot numbers drawn and the lot selection position drawn will be posted at www.lands.gov.nt.ca.
If an applicant’s ballot is drawn, he or she, or the proxy identified on the ballot application, must attend the lot selection meeting on Wednesday July 29th, 2015 at 10:00 am in Yellowknife.
The 22 vacant cabin lots are located in six pre-surveyed subdivisions. Two leases are on Reid Lake, seven on Tibbitt Lake, five on Peninsula Lake, one on Pontoon Lake, six on Prelude Lake and one on Madeline Lake. The release of these cabin lots will resolve some of the immediate pressures for recreational leasing while supporting the important work on the Recreational Land Management Framework. The remainder of the Recreational Land Management Framework Focus Area along Highway 3 and the Ingraham Trail remains closed to new recreational leases.
Environmental factors and public feedback gathered through consultation on the Recreational Land Management Framework were carefully considered in the decision to make the lots available. None of the lots are within the areas withdrawn through the Akaitcho Interim Measures Agreement and the GNWT continues to discuss land management and other matters with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.