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What is Strategic Land Use Planning?

Strategic land use planning is a process for determining how our land will be used, both now and in the future. British Columbia's natural resources are, for the most part, public assets - 94 per cent of our land is publicly owned. These natural resources must be well managed to

benefit both present and future generations. Strategic land use plans help ensure that resource management decisions take into account the needs of communities, the economy and the environment. The planning process is open and community-based. It is structured to encourage participation by the public, stakeholders and various levels of government. The process goes through a number of stages: consultation, planning, preparation, decision-making, implementation, monitoring and amendment.

Through the land use planning process needs are identified, land use zones are defined, objectives are set, and strategies for managing resources in those zones are developed. The process for seeking consensus has been consistent across BC, but the plans themselves are unique. Each land use plan is tailored to the needs of local communities.

In conjunction with resource ministries, MSRM develops policy for, coordinates, and supports the completion, approval, monitoring, evaluation and amendment of strategic land use plans (land and resource management plans (LRMPs) and regional plans) across the province. Ministries are
responsible for implementing approved strategic land use plans.

Land and resource management plans (LRMPs) are sub-regional integrated resource plans that seek to create a vision for use and management of public provincial lands and resources. Their development requires involvement of people representing a wide range of interests and values. Planning generally follows the following six basic steps:

  • Preliminary Organization
  • Plan Initiation and Information Assembly
  • Building Agreements
  • Government Approval Process
  • Plan Implementation
  • Plan Monitoring and Amendment

LRMPs generally provide:

  • broad land use zones defined on a map;
  • objectives that guide management of natural resources in each zone;
  • strategies for achieving the objectives; and,
  • a socio-economic and environmental assessment that evaluates the plan.

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