Implementation

Ensuring Consistency with this Plan

As Quatsino First Nation creates more plans and documents and develops more policies, bylaws and proposals, the inclusion of a “Land Use Plan Statement” will be necessary. This statement is to confirm the consistency of the new item with this document. If it the new item is not consistent with this Land Use Plan, either a revision of the new item must be made or an amendment to the Land Use Plan must occur; following the procedure outlined in Section 6.3 (below).

Reviewing this Plan Regularly

This plan is a living document that will need to be monitored and reviewed from time to time. The following framework outlines a process with regular “check-ins” to ensure this happens:

Technical Review (annual)

Once a year a meeting will be held with Chief and Council and key staff (administration, public works, housing, economic development… etc.) to review this plan. The purpose of the meeting will be to review the effectiveness of the plan in implementing existing priorities and dealing with conflicts that may have emerged.

Community Review (annual)

Once a year a community meeting will be held to review this plan with members. The purpose of the community meeting will be to determine if community priorities have changed and if this plan should be updated to reflect those changes. For efficiency reasons, the community meeting could take place in conjunction with another meeting (i.e. a regularly scheduled band general meeting).

It will be the responsibility of our Lands Manager to schedule the reviews.

Amending this Plan (i.e. Making Changes)

From time to time amendments will need to be made to this plan. For proposed changes outside of regularly scheduled reviews, the following process will be followed:

Step 1: Submit Application

A written request must be submitted to the Lands and Resources Manager and must include:

• The proposed amendment (e.g. a different use than identified in this plan)

• The reason why the change is needed and how it maintains the overall objectives of the Land Use Plan 

Important Note: Chief and Council must also submit a written application if they wish to amend the plan outside of regularly scheduled reviews.

Step 2: Staff Review

The submitted application will be reviewed by the Lands and Resources Manager to:

• Determine whether the proposed amendment maintains the strategic objectives and land use principles of the Land Use Plan

• Identify any concerns with the proposed amendment

After the review is completed, the Lands and Resources Manager will write a “Summary Report” to Chief and Council that:

• Makes a professional recommendation to “Approve in Principle” or “Deny” the amendment application

• Include their justification for their recommendation

Important Note: It is within the right of the Lands and Resources Manager to seek out external counsel (e.g. legal counsel, planning and engineering advice, etc.) if necessary. The Lands and Resources Manager may also ask the applicant for additional documentation (e.g. impact study, development plan, etc.)

Step 3: Presentation to Chief and Council

Chief and Council will review the “Summary Report” written by the Lands and Resources Manager and will formally decide through a Band Council Resolution (BCR), process to “Approve in Principle” or “Deny” the application for amendment.

If the application is “Approved in Principle”

• A community meeting will be scheduled by the Lands and Resources Manager no sooner than 15 days and no later than 60 days after the “Approval in Principle”

• The community meeting will be advertised on the Band website and in print at the Band office no less than 14 days before the date of the scheduled meeting

If the application is “Denied”

• The Lands and Resources Manager will notify the applicant the following day

• For the applicant to re-submit their application, they must wait 6 months (or 177 days) to do so

Step 4: Community Meeting

At the community meeting the following must occur:

• A detailed explanation of the amendment application

• The Lands and Resources Manager or staff acting on their behalf must be present

• Opportunity for community feedback and comment must be made

Step 5: Final Decision by Chief and Council

The Chief and Council will vote on a Band Resolution to formally “Approve” or “Deny” the application

If the application is “Approved”:

• The Lands and Resources Manager will notify the applicant the following day

• The applicant then has the ability to apply for necessary permitting and other similar actions as outlined in all Quatsino First Nation Development Plans and bylaws (e.g. sign permit, development permit, etc.)

Important Note: The approval of an amendment does not provide immediate permission to enact the proposed plan. All other approvals and procedures must be followed. What an amendment approval does is allow a previously unallowable activity or development in an area to be permitted. 

If the application is “Denied”:

• The Lands and Resources Manager will notify the applicant the following day

• For the applicant to re-submit their application, they must wait 6 months (or 180 days) to do so

Step 6: Revise Document

Upon approval of the amendment, the following steps will be followed:

• The Lands and Resources Manager will amend the Land Use Plan within 60 Days

• The BCR number associated with the amendment application will be listed within the Land Use Plan