Yukon land services to be merged

The Yukon government’s land planning branch will be folded into the department of Energy, Mines and Resources by April 1, 2009.

The Yukon government’s land planning branch will be folded into the department of Energy, Mines and Resources by April 1, 2009.

The branch provides Yukoners with community mapping programs, legal survey databases and a photography library of most Yukon communities.

It also assists small, unincorporated communities with community plans, zoning and subdivision services.

It is currently part of the Community Services department.

“This move will centralize the management of Yukon lands and will provide Yukoners with one convenient location to undertake all their lands-related business,” Energy, Mines and Resources Minister Brad Cathers said in a news release.

That department’s sustainable resources division has a lands branch that currently administers the sale of residential, commercial and industrial lots on Yukon Land. It also handles land-use permitting and quarry permits.

No jobs will be lost by the move, according to the release.

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