Iqaluit city council will temporarily stop the building of all new cabins on municipal land.
At a meeting Tuesday, council unanimously adopted a recommendation from the city’s planning and development committee to stop all new cabins from going up while the city comes up with a plan on how to regulate them.
The recommendation came out of a committee meeting on July 21. Chair of the planning and development committee, Joanasie Akumalik, said there are currently no city rules specific to building cabins on municipal land.
In an email to CBC, Bell said people aren’t allowed to develop on municipal land without a lease, but the city hasn’t been enforcing that rule.
City staff will now look at ways to regulate cabin building; they’ll bring those options back to the planning and development committee, which will in turn present the options to council.
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association has an application process for beneficiaries to build on Inuit-owned land. While Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada has jurisdiction over Crown land.
The next planning and development committee is scheduled for Aug. 18.
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