Land Use and Development Procedural Plan

Land Use and Development Procedural Plan

The Pine Nut Allotments are the largest grouping of Indian trust allotments in the country, comprising over 270,000 acres in Douglas County, Nevada.   In response to rapid urbanization in the area and increased developer interest in leasing Indian owned trust land for housing and other urban developments, the Bureau of Indian Affairs asked Akana planners to prepare a Land Use and Development Procedural Plan for the development of the trust allotments.

The Plan is unique.  Unlike a traditional land use plan, it does not designate specific uses for each of the 176 developable allotments studied.  Rather, it is composed of a set of procedures, standards, and lease provisions that address any type of land use that would be developed under a lease agreement with a private developer, and sets out submittal and review procedures and policies that can be implemented in order to more effectively guide the BIA in its review of development proposals which require commercial leases.  At the same time, the Plan will protect the long-term financial interests of allotment owners through a leasing mechanism the keeps the land in trust.

Akana identified the “highest and best” use for each allotment, established a development permitting and review process for the BIA and other affected agencies, specified development standards, permit submittal requirements, and environmental requirements that must be met by developers, and recommended lease provisions that ensure building standards are met and that landowners receive the best economic return.   The potential environmental impacts resulting from rural lands being converted to urban uses were identified, along with measures to mitigate them.   The project also included an extensive outreach program that included approximately 850 allotment owners, the general public, and other affected governmental jurisdictions and agencies.


Project Details

U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs

Services Rendered

  • Land use planning
  • Hydrogeologic study
  • Soil suitability analysis
  • Environmental impact analysis
  • Policy/procedure development
  • Public/agency outreach
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