First Nation Planning
Recent changes to the Indian Act allows for First Nations to pass bylaws for the implementation of land use planning and development. This option is substantially different than the Land Use Management Act where the First Nation opts out of portion of the Indian Act, and is more accommodating for Treaty Land Entitlement Nations.
It is important to have a local individual with the land management side of First Nation development to participate in the creation of this bylaw for future land use development.
Capital Works plans
Requirements of First Nations to secure future federal funding is the development of Capital Works Plans that outline the physical development of projects within the community. This document evaluates the current land uses in the community, and then works with local residents to determine which projects are more important to them over the next five years (typically).
It has proven beneficial to choose partnerships with both Engineers and Planners to ensure the land use management requirements are met, and accurate costs are incorporated into the 5-year Capital Plan.
Comprehensive Community Plans
Another option for a First Nation is to undergo the process of completing a Comprehensive Community Plan that acts as a future land use planning document for upcoming development within the community. This comprehensive document should evaluate many different aspects of the community (i.e., residential and economic development and infrastructure capacities).
Should a First Nation decide to proceed with the CCP option, it is encouraged that a secondary document be requested that outlines implementation of this plan in the local community.