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Planning Processes

The reason for doing a land-use plan is to give a community options, in light of their spatial circumstances.  The essential tool for doing a land-use plan is listening… to the land, to the people, to the way those people make a living from that land.

A careful observation of their natural, cultural, and spiritual context is the deliberate step a community can take into its own future.  Our job is to help you listen, help you create, and help you implement your plan.


We offer a wide variety of planning services, such as:

    GIS Mapping
    Demographic Forecast
    Community Economic Analysis
    Procedure Manual Development

These may be purchased as single services, but may also be part of a larger comprehensive planning exercise.



Once you are ready to begin a community planning exercise, we can help you get started:

  •     Strategic Thinking Document
  •     Community Mapping Exercise
  •     Project Coordination

If you are already into your own community planning exercise, we can assist by acting as independent facilitators of the process. As a neutral third party, we may also help you work through contentious land issues while remaining objective.


We conduct a variety of workshops and training seminars that raise awareness and provide guidance and advice about the planning process. Workshops may be held with a single community, or a group such as land managers association, or tribal council.

  •     ‘The Planning Cycle’
  •     ‘Evaluating the Plan & the Planner’
  •     ‘Land Use and Economic Development’


These include any combination of the above to develop a comprehensive planning package:

  •     Land Use Plan
  •     Environmental Management Plan
  •     Economic Development Strategy

We Provide documentation, mapping and administrative procedures as needed.

It was a cold, blustery day in February 2004 when Janet Amos and I made the ferry ride on an ice breaker to Christian Island in Georgian Bay, the home of Beausoleil First Nation (BFN). Our first trip to this island community was to begin planning for a workshop with local OPPI members and the First Nation. Our goal was to identify important planning-related topics for the community.
This scholarly article discusses the technique and evaluation of aboriginal populations. It was published in the Summer 2008 issue of PLAN.
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The decision to plan must have a Purpose that justifies why a planning exercise should be undertaken. It must have Targets that define what the results of a planning exercise would be. It must have Tasks that outline how a planning exercise would be undertaken. It must have Principles that delineate the way a planning exercise should be done.
Incite develops powerful educational presentations for our clients and for educational purposes. Review previous Powerpoint presentations here.
Incite Planning provides services throughout the Planning Cycle: Research > Implementation > Management > Decision