ʔaq'am Community Land Use Plan ʔaq'am Community Land Use Plan, Cranbrook, BCʔaq'am CommunityKtunaxa Nation, Cranbrook, BC2015 - ongoing

McElhanney Consulting is currently working with the ʔaq’am Community (formerly St. Mary's Indian Band) on the community’s first comprehensive Land Use Plan. The Land Use Plan will set forth a future vision for how ʔaq’am lands will be used or developed.

McElhanney faciltated an extensive community consultation process, that included: hands-on mapping workshops, online feedback map, community home visits and open houses.

The draft Land Use Plan divides the 15,000+ acre land base into six character areas, with detailed future land use visions for each area. Hand-sketched by McElhanney’s First Nation planners, these land use visions set forth a clear visual for future land use in each area.

McElhanney also completed extensive GIS mapping for the ʔaq'am Community, including establishing a comprehensive web-based GIS system. McElhanney’s GIS staff worked with Band staff to create various levels of user control as well as integrating policy areas from the Land Use Plan and Environmental Management
Plan. Together, McElhanney staff have equipped the ʔaq'am Community to manage its own land base in a comprehensive and easy-to-use GIS environment.