Establishing Siksika land designation for future development on reserve
The land use plan provides a coordinated vision of what Siksika Nation will do in land allocation and designation, and how the reserve will be developed in the future.
It will promote economic growth and satisfy housing, industrial, and commercial needs of growing human populations.
Regulating development on-reserve
With the land use plan it will order and regulate land use in an efficient and ethical way, thus preventing land-use conflicts. Governments use land-use planning to manage the development of land within their jurisdictions.
Land use planning identifies and separates incompatible land uses. Situating oil tanks next to housing is an example of incompatible land use that most would agree should be avoided. It also helps to avoid conflict with one another because of noise, odor, hazardous materials and other potential nuisances.
It ensures that uses of lands and resources are consistent with social, culture, economic and environmental values of the community. Protects and enhances historic, cultural, and natural features (e.g., burial grounds, community gathering places, waterfront, historic sites, views, wildlife habitat areas)
An Important part of a land use plan is preparing to deal with future situations that may affect the land and the community.
This is not to be confused with a land code. A Land Code is a comprehensive law created by a First Nation to replace the 32 sections of the Indian Act that relate to land management. When members of a First Nation vote yes to a Land Code, the Government of Canada no longer has a say in how the community's reserve lands are managed. Siksika Nation is not at the point of establishing its own land code.