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.

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