Land Management and Planning Section

The section is responsible for the management of Crown land in five regions and preparation of new or revised Crown land policies and procedures for consideration by departmental executive.   The section coordinates the circulation of Crown land requests within the department and is involved in the department’s review of all applications for Crown land though the Land Application Review Committee (LARC).  The section prepares departmental positions for municipal development plans and zoning by-laws, traditional area plans and various other projects and developments, e.g. highway projects and provides secretariat support to the Crown Lands Assistant Deputy Ministers Committee (CLADMC).

Crown Lands Assistant Deputy Ministers Committee Technical Support

The section is the secretariat to the Crown Lands Assistant Deputy Minister Committee and provides planning, and policy analysis and administrative support to the Committee. The section also administers the Committee’s system for the review of Crown land disposition denial decisions.

Regional Land Management

The Regional Lands Manager (RLM) is responsible for provincial Crown lands management, planning and administration in each of Sustainable Development Regions. The RLM provides direction, advice and information to the Region's Integrated Resources and Environmental Management Team (IRMT) and Field Services Section staff as well as the Bloc Planning Committee, to other provincial and federal government departments, to local governments and to external clients on matters related to provincial Crown land administration, legislation, policies, procedures and guidelines.

The RLM co-ordinates or provides input to Crown land use planning initiatives, including the designation of Crown lands, and direct and co-ordinate the region's review and response for all land use requests and applications in the region. The RLM co-ordinates the meetings and related activities for the region's IRMT and Bloc Planning Committee, and represents the region on departmental and public committees and at meetings on land-related matters.

An integrated approach to land use reviews by RLMs representing Crown Land, Forestry, Wildlife, Fisheries, Environment, Provincial Parks and district operations is undertaken in advance of the issuance of permits or land allocations for proposals in the region. The Regional managers provide valuable information to the LARC based on the application of policies and procedures associated with a specific application as well as the preparation of an assessment, based on their knowledge of how the proposed disposition may or may not have a potential adverse affect on treaty and aboriginal rights.

Through the involvement in the interdepartmental regional Bloc Planning Committee operational Crown land use codes are reviewed to improve long term land and resource use and reduce land use conflicts. Operational land use codes are reviewed to ensure potential allocations and land use activities are consistent and compatible with the long term land planning objectives.

Interdepartmental Operational Crown Land Plans

In conjunction with regional Bloc Planning Committees, the section maintains and administers a system of operational land use coding for Crown land, and prepares Crown Land Plans for Southern Manitoba.  The preparation and recommendation of approved operational land use codes are used for the creation of the Crown land Plans throughout the province.  The on-going development and maintenance of the Operational land use codes and Crown Land Plans incorporate a GIS based platform/database for maintenance, inventory and management of Provincial Crown lands. 

Municipal Land Planning

The Section assists municipalities and Planning Districts in the preparation of development plans and zoning by-laws by coordinating preparation of departmental advice and information with respect to Departmental initiates, planning, management and use of natural resources, and by responding to requests for studies, maps, and statistical compilations required to properly allocate resources. In addition the Section provides advice and departmental comments with regard to various interdepartmental and outside projects, plans and development proposals.

East Side Traditional Land Planning Initiative

This section administers planning area designations and land management plans proposed by First Nations for approval by the Government Manitoba under The East Side Traditional Lands Planning and Special Protected Areas Act.  The section currently works in partnership with four First Nations on the east side of Lake Winnipeg to realize strategic land use direction for more than 2 million hectares (5 million acres) of provincial Crown land.  Partnerships with two additional First Nations in respect of land management planning in the area are also currently in development through this section.

The section coordinates the interdepartmental review of proposed planning area designations and plan approvals, participates in the department’s review of applications for Crown land on the east side of Lake Winnipeg and represents the department on planning councils, management boards and the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation.

Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project

The Section works with the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation and the Government of Manitoba’s corporate lead on the Project in support of the nomination, governance, operations and programming including business planning, grant-making, destination marketing, the campaign to raise awareness of the Project and donations to the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Fund, communications and collaboration in monitoring and managing the nominated area and reporting on traditional area plan and world heritage management plan implementation.

The prospective world heritage site includes two adjoining wilderness parks (Atikaki and Woodland Caribou) and the traditional lands of four First Nations in Manitoba (Poplar River, Pauingassi, Bloodvein and Little Grand Rapids) and one First Nation in Ontario (Pikangikum). Traditional area plans are a foundation of the world heritage nomination and are included in the submission to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The nomination was completed as announced on January 18, 2012.

Inscription of Pimachiowin Aki on the UNESCO World Heritage List is being proposed on the basis of both cultural and natural criteria, and in accordance with the world heritage concept of a cultural landscape.

The nomination area currently covers 33,400 square kilometers or 3.34 million hectares and is the largest conserved area of North America’s boreal shield.

A decision by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to defer examination of the Pimachiowin Aki nomination was announced on June 22, 2013 and adopted on June 26, 2013. The nomination was deferred in order to provide sufficient time to "refine and strengthen the boundaries of the property"; and "explore a fuller understanding of the inter-relationship between culture and nature".

Pimachiowin Aki's candidacy as a mixed site has been challenging to evaluate; the nomination has raised substantive and procedural issues that were not envisaged when the World Heritage Convention was adopted in 1972. In its decision to defer examination of Pimachiowin Aki, the WHC requested that options for changes to the criteria and/or evaluation processes for mixed sites be examined, and the WHC decided to include a debate on this at its 2014 session.

Staff of the Traditional Area Planning Section of Lands Branch staff are working with the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation to revise the nomination in order to address the issues identified in the WHC decision. The revised nomination will be submitted to the World Heritage Centre by February 1, 2014 for examination by the World Heritage Committee in June / July 2015.