Sustainable community planning provides for the economic, social, cultural, and ecological needs of your community or nation while not sacrificing integrity for future generations. It is a visionary process requiring a high level of community direction.
Typically, a sustainable land use plan includes the following considerations:
- Promotes walking, bicycling and public transit as primary modes of transportation where possible, through use of walkways, bikeways, and the existence of convenient public transit.
- Protects historic, cultural, agricultural and/or forested lands
- Promotes the protection of environmentally sensitive areas and ecological systems
- Provides a sense of place through use of natural features, sustainable urban design concepts, and open space
- Promotes economic health
- Accommodates anticipated population changes
- Provides housing opportunities for all income levels
- Recognizes the role of green and natural buildings in reinforcing sustainability goals, including energy sources, and use of energy.
- Addresses water sources, use, and treatment.
- Is reinforced by policy development and meaningful implementation.
Land use planning in support of sustainable Native nation-building demands consideration and reconciliation of diverse ideas and relationships with the land. These diverse considerations include:
- Forestry, grazing, hunting, and agriculture
- Infrastructure for communities, including transportation, housing, water sources and filtration, and industry
- Support for aesthetic, cultural and spiritual needs
- Support for the ecological diversity and integrity of the land, maintaining the health of the ecosystem and it’s ability to respond to change.
- Reinforcement of the Nations’ sovereign status, land and water rights, and/or rights reserved through treaty.