||The Land Reserve Commission also administers the Forest Land Reserve
Act which created Forest Land Reserve. The FLR consists of designated
Crown lands and private managed forest lands. Province wide, there
are currently 920,000 ha of private land and 15,000,000 ha of public
land designated as Forest Land Reserve. The majority of the private
lands (70%) are located on Vancouver Island and in the Kootenays
(25%). Crown lands included the provincial forest of Vancouver
Island, the Kootenays and the Cariboo.|
Land within the Forest Land Reserve can be used in the following
- timber production;
- forage production and livestock grazing;
- forest or wilderness oriented recreation, scenery and wilderness purposes;
- approved mineral exploration and mining;
- other uses allowed by regulation or permitted by the Land Reserve Commission.
All other land uses, subdivision and withdrawal
of land from the Reserve must be approved by the Commission.
Applications are made directly to the Commission on forms available
through the Commission or the Regional District. The Commission
refers applications to the local government and other relevant
agencies for comment and recommendations.
Decisions of the Commission are made "in camera" and communicated
to applicants in writing.
What other restrictions may apply to
- Zoning, subdivision and ALR designations aside, other restrictions may apply to property. The Land Titles Office or the Regional District can tell you what easements or right-of-ways might affect your property.
- The Land Titles Office or the
Regional District will also be able to tell you if any restrictive
covenants are on the title of the property. Restrictive covenants
regulate the use of the land in some way that is not covered by
a zoning by-law. For example, a subdivider may put a restrictive
covenant on the lots he develops so that mobile homes may not
be placed on a lot, even if the zoning by-law would permit a mobile
home. There also might be restrictions as to how close you can
build to a river, lake or the sea and whether trees can be cut
down or not.
- The restrictive covenant limits
the uses of land. It never allows for an activity that would
not be permitted by a zoning by-law.
What about the provision of services?
- The Ministry of Transportation
establishes requirements for road widths, ditching,
paving, side walks and curbing.
- The Health Authorities have standards
for water and sewer systems, as do Waterworks Districts.