"Minor" subdivisions of land

Jill Taylor Bussiere jdt at itol.com
Tue Aug 14 14:39:04 EDT 2001


Don,
    Very interesting - thanks for sharing.
    Our best local strategy staewide, at least that I know of, is PDR -
Purchase of Development Rights - where a municipality buys the development
rights from a land owner, to ensure that ag or open land stays that way.
The land can then be sold as ag land or for some other purpose than
development.  The PDR fund is funded in a variety of ways - sometimes
through real estate sales taxes, sometimes through grants, sometimes through
budget - often in a variety of ways.  Usually the funds available are
woefully inadequate to combat the development pressures adequately.

How was the ALR land acquired in British Columbia?  Was there any
compensation?  If so, what?  I am assuming that the province itself footed
the bill, if there was one.....

                                Jill


> 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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