"Minor" subdivisions of land

Maroc maroc at islandnet.com
Tue Aug 14 06:47:26 EDT 2001

Here in British Columbia, the westcoast of Canada, we have an province-wide
Agricultural Land Reserve.  It is somewhat beyond the jurisdiction of local
governments, municipal or regional.  It was created in 1973, by a political
party whose opponents like to call socialist.  They lost the election the
following year and for the next 17 years the government was unfruendly to
the concept of the ALR, but it was too politically popular, probably more
so in urban areas than in rural, for them to abolish.  In 1991 the party
that created the land reserve again became government and the Land
Commission regained it's stature and authority.  A few months ago a very
conservative, development minded group won the provincial government in a
landslide.  They have threatened to return most of the authority for
agricultural land use to local government, which is where we were before
they created the ALR.  We will have to wait and see.  If anyone has
questions about how it works I'll try to answer them.

Don Maroc
Vancouver Island, Canada

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