Land Use Planning Meeting - Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek


Land Use Plan Pilot Overview

Land Use Planning Meeting Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation

August 11, 2011

Meeting Purpose

• Provide an overview that explains the Land Use Planning

(LUP) Pilot and its components

• Clarify the intent of an integrated LUP Pilot approach

• Answer any questions that the community might have concerning the LUP Pilot

• Discuss and confirm community interest in participation in the LUP Pilot



• Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

(AANDC) and Natural Resources Canada (Surveyor

General Branch) are working jointly on the Land Use

Planning (LUP) Pilot

• There are 8 pilots proposed across the country: British

Columbia (2), Alberta (1), Manitoba (1), Ontario (1), Quebec

(1), Nova Scotia (1) and New Brunswick (1)

• In cooperation together, the partners will consist of:

–First Nation

–NRCan (Surveyor General Branch)



LUP Pilot Objectives

• Building the foundations for land-based economic development:

–Community engagement that leads to future land use decisions

–First Nations community well-being and economic development

–The creation of a land management toolkit for First Nations that includes land use planning, legal surveys, and effective local lawmaking


What is the LUP Pilot?

• Survey Renewal and Community Land Planning

• The pilot is designed to support First Nations in building a land management framework that will assist with economic and community development

• The project will provide:

–First Nations with surveys and land tenure instruments that allows for more efficient land use planning and law-making

–NRCan with feedback to improve surveys for all Reserves

–AANDC with integrated surveys, land instruments and land use planning to improve efficiencies associated with land interests and use


LUP Pilot Components

• Spatial planning covers a range of mapping and land planning activities:

– identification of existing land development patterns and land development opportunities for economic development;

– infrastructure (replacement, expansion);

– residential and conservation and environmentally sensitive areas;

– land use policies/by-law development; and

– community goal and priority setting

• Surveys set a foundation for land management reconciliation of existing parcel fabric with occupation and local community interest. The process involves the community and results in a Community Parcel Plan


Survey Significance in LUP Pilot

•Most people take land parcels for granted but they are the building block for efficient management, growth and development of a community

• Land development and management systems are parcel based that enable:

Land use planning and environmental management to determine best location for industrial, commercial, residential and community institution development

– Zoning by-laws (including building setbacks from property boundaries)

– Property assessment

– Infrastructure (water, sewer, power) design and building improvements and efficiencies

– Economic and community development promotion


Land Fabric On-Reserve

• Land fabric should be a building block for sustainable land use and economic development

First Nation Reserve Other Communities


The Opportunity

• First Nations’ land surveys that better reflect actual land use

• Improving the link between land management and economic development puts communities in a better position to identify, prepare for and benefit from future land development

• Benefits include financial and social considerations:

–Financial – no extra costs for leaders and consultants to obtain necessary information and services required to plan projects

–Social – better planning for compatibility of adjoining land uses and resolution of boundary disputes


AANDC-NRCan Experience with Parcel Renewal Pilot

´éč 5 Pilot projects undertaken to test and develop a model for renewal that would address surveys, land management and development issues:

–Lil'wat Nation, BC

–Brokenhead, MB

–Akwesasne, ON

–Uashat, QC

–Eel Ground, NB


Parcel Fabric Pilot Impact

•Foundation for land management

•Lower costs for future surveys

•Capacity development in communities

Existing land and occupation

Formalizing existing land with occupation

Community Parcel



LUP Pilot Phases

• Three phases:

– Pre-Community Planning

– Community Planning

– Implementation

• LUP Pilot can be completed based on a phased and multiyear approach

• Surveyor General Branch, and AANDC work closely with

First Nation to integrate surveys, and land instrument with the land use planning


LUP Pilot – Phase 1

• Pre-Community Planning

–AANDC and Surveyor General Branch meet with First

Nation to describe LUP Pilot and confirm community’s willingness to participate

–Assess data and conduct analysis

– What exists already at the community level (infrastructure, maps, land use plans) ?

–Communities develop a Request For Proposal and Terms of Reference for the Scope of Work

–First Nation establishes or uses an existing planning committee


LUP Pilot – Phase 2

• Community Planning

–Mapping data:

–acquire aerial photo maps with contours and development patterns;

–determine existing interests and infrastructure and utilities and consolidate land information in new imagery;

–conduct technical analysis – topography, geotechnical and environmental

–Reconcile existing surveys with occupation and develop virtual survey work


LUP Pilot – Phase 2 (continued)

–Community Land Use Planning:

–set community vision and priorities;

–determine land suitability;

–identify existing land patterns and other development opportunities;

–assess and consolidate existing land interests to determine missing information (dwellings, roads, hedges, fences, other);

–identify boundary issues (structures that straddle boundaries and other)


LUP Pilot – Phase 2 (continued)

• Community Land Use Planning

–consult with community on resolving boundary disputes

–review socio-economic elements, issues and requirements that have a bearing on land use;

–develop community plan with goals and a development strategy (long, medium and short goals);

–create by-law/land use policies; and

–obtain community approval of Community Parcel Plan and Land Use Plan


LUP Pilot – Phase 3

• Implementation

–First Nation develops an implementation plan for

Community Parcel and Land Use Plans

–By-law development

–Establish procedures to mark designated parcels on the ground


LUP Pilot Benefits

• Community well-being and ownership

• Work together to build an integrated survey, land instrument and land use planning approach that promotes the First

Nation’s goals for community and land development

• Reduced costs and time associated with obtaining required information and services to plan projects

• Improved land use planning design and management framework that creates greater efficiencies for economic and community development opportunities

• Integrate regulatory framework in support of safe, healthy and orderly development leading to community development and economic development


Where do we go from here?

• With your community’s willingness and approval from the

Chief and Council, we can;

–Get the application process started with your community once a Band Council Resolution has been approved

–Form a communication team between the First Nation,


–This team will work with a Planning Committee to channel information on the LUP Pilot to Chief and Council and

Government leadership


Thank you to Chief Gladu and representatives for your time and attention