Land Use Planning for Provincial Public Land
Ninety-four percent of British Columbia is comprised of provincial public land. The purpose of land use planning is to develop land use direction for public land and to guide provincial management decisions that meet economic, environmental, social and cultural objectives.
Modernized Land Use Planning
In 2018, the B.C. government committed $16 million over three years to work collaboratively with First Nations to modernize land use planning, with stakeholder and public input. Modernized land use planning will advance reconciliation efforts, promote economic opportunities through increased certainty for land management, respond to changing social and environmental conditions, and increase public trust and confidence in the stewardship of B.C.’s natural resources. As new land use practices evolve, the values, traditions, and cultural practices of Indigenous peoples will be an integral component of modernized land use planning.
Modernized land use planning will capitalize on new opportunities and respond to emerging challenges in the management of B.C.’s public lands and natural resources. Key drivers for modernized land use planning include:
- Evolving relations between the B.C. government and many First Nations over the past decade to increase collaboration and incorporate new land-related management approaches that reflect traditional ecological and cultural information.
- A growing economy and an increased demand by industry and recreation ventures, which are creating new pressures on the balance between economic, environmental, social and cultural objectives.
- New factors that affect land use such as species-at-risk directives, water sustainability, clean energy and climate change.
- Updated assessments of the current condition of natural resource values; particularly where economic and environmental implications exist as a result of disturbances from forest pests and wildfires.
- An increased need for communities and stakeholders to stay engaged in discussions between the B.C. government and First Nations as they apply to the use of lands and resources, or to the status of existing land use plans.
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