When you apply for land use, public land managers evaluate your application. Factors such as soils, vegetation, landscape and other resources are considered when deciding if your proposed use is appropriate. Existing policies and legislation, as well as consultation with experts, are used to help make these decisions. The result is increased use by agriculture, industry and the public while ensuring land quality and resources are sustained.
The evaluation process determines if the proposed use can be integrated into other uses currently on the land (i.e., long or short-term grazing, cultivation, or sale).
How to apply
Submit a Land Review Request (LRR) application, found at: AEP Forms - Agricultural.
These are the two key pieces of legislation that help public land managers make fair and consistent decisions regarding LRR applications:
Legislation and policy review
When evaluating your LRR application, public land managers will review the key legislation and portions of other relevant legislation. This process ensures that:
- provincially consistent conditions are applied to land use
- standards are enforced
- land is protected
When evaluating your LRR application, public land managers may consult with experts, municipalities and/or the public to determine how to protect the following:
- public interest
- recreational opportunities
- timber and other resources
- water quality
- wildlife habitat
Sometimes sensitive or unique landscapes require special management, or there is potential for conflict between resource uses. In those cases, regional stakeholders are involved in decision-making about dispositions. This helps reduce conflict and impact on other valuable resources.
Land use decision
Once an application for agricultural land use has been approved, the land will be made publicly available, usually through public auction or tender.