Northern Futures Planning provides a broad variety of community planning services. A selection of recent projects are featured below.
Development Review and Planning Advisory Services
City of Iqaluit | 2015 – Present
Northern Futures leads a team of consultants in providing day-to-day development review and advisory services to the City of Iqaluit’s Department of Planning and Development. The services involve reviewing and processing development applications submitted to the City (including preparing preliminary comments), resolving planning issues, preparing planning reports, and making recommendations to the Director and Assistant Planner on planning applications. Advisory services included projects related to by-law review and consolidation, procedural advice, best practices review, and analysis of various planning issues.
Nunavut Municipal Training Organization (NMTO) Course Delivery – Planning & Lands Administration
NVision Insight Group | 2016 - Present
Northern Futures is a sub-consultant to Nvision Insight Group, to prepare and deliver courses for the Nunavut Municipal Training Organization through Nunavut Arctic College. The courses are delivered in the certificate program for Planning & Lands Administration. The courses train Hamlet staff in the core concepts and procedures for effective community planning and lands administration in Nunavut municipalities. Northern Futures has delivered between two and four courses per year since 2016. The courses are delivered on-line using the Adobe Connect virtual classroom platform.
Community Land Use Planning Initiative
Mattagami First Nation | 2018-2019
Mattagami First Nation is opting out of the land-related sections of the Indian Act and into the First Nations Land Management Regime (FNLMR), allowing MFN to administer its own lands and resources and to take advantage of emerging economic development opportunities. To improve community readiness to implement the FNLMR, Northern Futures delivered a Pre-Planning Workshop to MFN Chief and Council. With the guidance provided in the Workshop and in partnership with Odonaterra, Northern Futures worked with MFN to deliver a community land use planning process which resulted in a draft Land Use Plan for the MFN Reserve Lands. The final Land Use Plan will be completed in Summer 2019.
Federal Road Development Area Study
SvN Architects + Planners Inc. | 2017
The Federal Road Development Area Study examines 48 hectares of land, of which portions are owned by the City of Iqaluit, the Commissioner of Nunavut, and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA). The purpose of the Study is to transform the site into a vibrant, mixed-use destination and prominent gateway into the City, as the primary link between the new airport terminal and the City’s Core Area. Northern Futures was a sub-consultant to the planning team undertaking this Study for the Qikiqtani Business Development Corporation (QBDC) and the City of Iqaluit. Northern Futures provided planning advisory services in preparation of the Background Report and alternative Concept Plans.
Community Land Use Planning Initiative
Brunswick House First Nation | 2016-2017
Brunswick House First Nation is opting out of the land-related sections of the Indian Act and into the First Nations Land Management Regime (FNLMR), allowing BHFN to administer its own lands and resources and to take advantage of emerging economic development opportunities. To improve community readiness to implement the FNLMR, Northern Futures delivered a Pre-Planning Workshop to BHFN Chief and Council. With the guidance provided in the Workshop and in partnership with Odonaterra, Northern Futures worked with BHFN to deliver a community land use planning process which resulted in a Land Use Plan for the BHFN Reserve Lands. The Land Use Plan was adopted by Chief and Council in July 2017.
Community Plan & Zoning By-law Update
Hamlet of Cambridge Bay | 2016
Northern Futures, in partnership with Ehrler Limousin & Associates, prepared a new Community Plan, Zoning By-law and Poster Plan for the municipality of Cambridge Bay in Nunavut. With the establishment of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS), the municipal Council wanted to review its municipal planning tools to ensure proper development control and good long-term planning for its limited land base. The Final Draft By-laws are anticipated to be adopted by Council by the end of 2016.
Community Planning Support Services
Kativik Regional Government | 2016-2017
The Kativik Regional Government is updating the Master Plans and Zoning By-laws for many Nunavik communities including Inukjuak, Ivujivik, Kangiqsujuaq, Tasiujaq, Aupaluk and Kuujjuarapik. Northern Futures was engaged to support these community planning processes by undertaking a planning analysis for each community. The analysis includes documentation of community context, history, geology, terrain and climate; a demographic profile, population and housing projections; a lands needs assessment; a review of the condition and adequacy of existing community infrastructure; and an assessment of planning challenges and opportunities for the 20-year planning horizon.
Land Referendum Support Services
Government of Nunavut | 2016
Under the terms of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, voters may elect by referendum to remove the restriction on the alienation of municipal lands. Anticipating many questions and enquiries from municipal governments, organizations, and residents regarding the implications of a yes or no vote in the communities, the Department of Community and Government Services engaged Northern Futures to assist in preparing, reviewing and editing presentation material, website material and other resources to explore frequently asked questions and implications of a yes vote.
Kativik School Space Needs Assessment
Kativik School Board | 2015
Northern Futures was engaged to prepare a 10-year forecast of student populations for nine Nunavik communities, from 2015/16 to 2024/25, to compile and confirm existing school space, categorized by classroom space, and to determine whether additional school space is required and when to meet Ministry and Kativik School Board standards for school space. Thematic floor plans were prepared for all schools to document existing school space by space category and a report was prepared documenting the methodology used in the analysis. The analysis included a priority ranking for new school space for each community, including construction cost estimates.
The projects featured below were led by Michelle prior to establishing Northern Futures Planning & showcase her vast experience & expertise working in northern communities.
Development Review and Planning Advisory Services, City of Iqaluit | 2002 - 2015 - Led a team of planners in providing day-to-day development review and advisory services to the City of Iqaluit’s Department of Planning and Development. She continues to provide services to the City as Principal at Northern Futures.
Development Scheme for a Future Development Area, City of Iqaluit | 2013 - 2014 - Led a team of professionals to select of a preferred Future Development Area and undertook a planning process to prepare a Development Scheme for the preferred area.
Master Plan and Zoning By-laws for Various Northern Villages, Kativik Regional Government | 2014 - Led the preparation of Community Plans and Zoning By-laws for the Northern Villages of Kuujjuaq, Akulivik and Salluit, 3 Inuit communities in the Nunavik region of Quebec.
Hopedale Community Plan and Development Regulations Update, Nunatsiavut Government | 2013-2014 - Led the preparation of an updated Community Plan and Development Regulations for the Inuit Community of Hopedale, located on the Labrador coast.
Best Practices Review re: Sustainable Community Planning in Northern Communities, Nunatsiavut Government | 2012-2013 - Led a Best Practices Review to establish best practices for sustainable community planning in Nunatsiavut.
Community Plan & Zoning By-law Updates for Multiple Nunavut Communities, Government of Nunavut | 2005 – 2014 - Oversaw / led the preparation of updates to the Community Plans and Zoning By-laws for several Nunavut communities including Pangnirtung, Coral Harbour, Whale Cove, Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet.
Municipal Inuit Owned Land Development Strategy, Qikiqtani Inuit Association | 2012 – 2013 - Managed the preparation of a Development Strategy to guide the evaluation of development proposals on Municipal Inuit owned lands in the Baffin Region.
Salluit Land Use & Development Plan, Government of Quebec | 2010 – 2011 - Led the preparation of a Land Use and Development Plan for a new expansion area in the Northern Village of Salluit, located in Nunavik, Quebec.
Yellowknife General Plan Review, City of Yellowknife | 2010 – 2011 - Led the preparation of a new General Plan and associated Background Report for the City of Yellowknife.
Municipal Training Organization Course Delivery, Nunavut Arctic College | 2005 – 2007 - Delivered a series of courses in community planning and land administration for Nunavut Arctic College and the Nunavut Municipal Training Organization in three Nunavut regional centres - Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet and Cambridge Bay.
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