The public land use application process begins with a Land Review Request (LRR) application submitted by a potential user of public land. The evaluation process results in a recommendation specifying whether the proposed use can be integrated into other land uses currently on the land (i.e., long or short-term grazing, cultivation, or sale).

Evaluation of a land use application involves a number of steps and consideration of a number of factors that guide staff in determining integrated resource management on the particular parcel of land.

Certain types of information are vital to determining which activities are appropriate, sustainable and suitable to be integrated on a particular parcel of land. It is important to know about:

  • Landscape
  • Other resources
  • Soils
  • Vegetation

Over the years, resource inventories and applied research have been conducted on the public land base. This has resulted in a mature and increasingly comprehensive information base.

Legislation and Policy

Legislation and policy provide provincial frameworks for management. Policies help public land managers make consistent and fair decisions about managing public land. Existing and emerging legislation gives the department the ability to apply provincially-consistent conditions to land use, enforce standards and protect the land.

Public land dispositions are regulated by two key pieces of legislation:

Sections from a number of other pieces of legislation have relevance, depending on the land location and activity planned.

Staff may consult with resource experts, the public and others responsible for management of land uses (e.g., local municipalities). This approach helps determine what management approaches may be needed to protect resources such as:

  • Public interest
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Timber and other resources
  • Water quality
  • Wildlife habitat

Consultation also recognizes that any specific use of a resource can affect its use and management for other purposes.

Where there is a high potential for local conflict between resource uses, or where sensitive or unique landscapes require special management, regional integrated decisions are made as to the suitability of public lands. Stakeholders are involved in the decision, and this helps to minimize conflict and impact on other valuable resources.

The process enables the quality of public land and resources to be sustained while allowing increased use by agriculture, industry and the public. The process is flexible and allows for the accommodation of new information and demands or changes in public values and desired results.

Through the consideration of these factors, the department arrives at a decision on each public land use application. A decision to allow agricultural land use or sale will result in the land’s being made publicly available, usually through a competitive process such as public auction or tender.

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Updated: Feb 27, 2018