North Baffin Regional Land Use Plan

The North Baffin Regional Land Use Plan was approved in June 2000. It provides strategic direction for land and resource use in the North Baffin Planning Region. A complete up to date copy of the plan can be found here

The North Baffin Planning Region

The North Baffin Planning Region is a roughly triangular area in the Arctic Archipelago, comprising about 1.5 million square kilometres.  Most residents of the North Baffin region live in the five hamlets of Resolute, Grise Fiord, Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet and Clyde River.

Major Planning Themes

The North Baffin Regional Land Use Plan deals with the major themes of;

  • Renewable Resource Use
  • Conservation Areas and Parks
  • Marine and Terrestrial Transportation
  • Mineral Exploration and Production 
  • Oil and Gas Exploration and Production 
  • Tourism
  • Research
  • Sovereignty and Defence
  • Heritage Resources
  • Cumulative Effects and Ecosystem Monitoring
  • Clean up and monitoring of Waste Sites

Project Proposals in the North Baffin Region 

All project proposals in the North Baffin Planning Region that require a licence or authorization from a land use authorizing agency must  be assessed by the NPC for conformity with the NBRLUP. 

In general terms, a project proposal will be determined to conform to NBRLUP if the NPC considers it is a type of project contemplated by, and consistent with, the principles of the NBRLUP. 

The Commission will forward its determination and any recommendations to the appropriate land use authorizing agencies. 

If it is determined that a project proposal conforms to a land use plan, the Commission will also forward the project proposal, with its determination and any recommendations, to the Nunavut Impact Review Board for screening, unless the project proposal is exempt from screening pursuant to Schedule 12-1 of the NLCA.