Community Land Use Planning

Presenting Organization

National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association


Land use planning is the process of allocating lands, community resources, facilities, and services with a view to maintain and improve the physical environment and the economic and social conditions of a community. This process helps to assist First Nation communities reach unique goals for their lands, ensure sustainable development, affirm rights, establish community values on the development of their lands, and determine future land uses. Culture, tradition, type of land regime, experience, available resources, and the wishes of the community are all factors that must be considered to help determine the type and extent of the Land Use Plan (LUP).

Participants will learn key concepts in Land Use Planning, have an overview of the planning process and the importance of community engagement to a successful plan, and understand what funding is available through National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) to assist first nations in developing their own land use plans.


Alexander Marques

Speaker Biography

Alexander Marques (MScPl) is a land use planner that has worked extensively with Michipicoten First Nation, authoring their first Land Use Plan and leading a wide range of research, policy and construction projects over the previous 3.5 years including residential subdivision, community and health facility expansions, the development of a business park and open air market and infrastructure improvements. Currently leading the Land Use Planning unit at the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA), Alex is looking forward to being a part of training the next generation of Land Managers in Land Use Planning, advocating for first nations development and land use planning activities, and supporting first nations in undertaking their own land use planning processes across Canada.