To recognize the support and trust of longstanding Indigenous and community partners near Shell Canada’s divested Foothills Assets, $2 million in funds was made available to support projects and initiatives in the places we were proud to live and work. This program was created to help valued community members access funds to continue delivering important services in local communities including: Waterton, Jumping Pound, Caroline - the gas fields which feed them and the Shantz Sulphur Forming Facility. For almost 70 years, Shell has invested in the Foothills Asset, supporting local communities, projects, services and initiatives that serve and enrich the communities where they live, and work.

photo of Oldman River Regional Services Commission employees utilizing the Municipal Land Use Suitability Tool

The Miistakis Institute was one of the successful applicants in the Shell Foothills Legacy Fund. The organization received a $47,000.00 grant which helped create The Municipal Land Use Suitability Tool (MLUST) in partnership with the Oldman River Regional Services Commission (ORRSC) for the Municipality of the Crowsnest Pass. The Miistakis Institute and ORRSC developed the MLUST to assist municipalities in planning suitable development in consideration of other land uses including ecological, cultural and existing urban settlement. This process aims to identify areas within the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass most suitable for urban development while avoiding important ecological, cultural/scenic resources, and settlement and infrastructure at a municipal scale. The MLUST process took six months to complete, engaged municipal stakeholders, made use of existing spatial datasets, and produced a series of map products to inform planning at the municipal scale. The MLUST serves to support the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass in directing growth and development within the municipality by creating a series of ‘Suitability Maps’. These maps are created by identifying lands where Residential, Commercial/Light Industrial, and Heavy Industrial development are less likely to conflict with the existing land use values. The MLUST is a decision-support tool, not a decision-making tool. The tool shows decision makers the relative suitability of various parts of the municipality for urban development.

The Miikakis Institute feels this a significant contribution to municipal planning and thanks Shell for the creation of the Legacy Fund in support of this project. To view a copy of the Municipal Land Use Suitability Tool, please visit the following LINK

"This program was created to help valued community members access funds to continue delivering important services in local communities."

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