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Environmentally Significant Class of Land Holdings

EXEMPTIONS OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SIGNIFICANT CLASS OF LAND HOLDINGS UNDER SECTION 35 OF THE PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND LANDS PROTECTION ACT EXEMPTION REGULATIONS

Environmentally significant class of land holding means any land holding other than a “natural area class of land holding” that has been certified by either the Department of Environment, Labour and Justice, or the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, as appropriate, as qualifying for one or more of the following categories:

Eligible exemptions include:
  1. Land identified in the PEI Wetland Inventory as designated wetlands.
  2. Land identified in the PEI Corporate Land Use Inventory as forested land.
  3. Land required to be used as a buffer under the Environmental Protection Act, or marginal agricultural land that is permanently retired as an expanded buffer.
  4. Agricultural land identified in the PEI Sloped Land Inventory that has been taken out of agriculture production by either planting trees or by allowing trees to become established on it.
  5. Land utilized as an erosion control structure approved by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
  6. Land verified to be permanent grassed headland that does not include any land required to be used as a buffer under the Environmental Protection Act.
  7. Hedgerows that are a minimum of 20 feet in width and which interconnects with either a patch of woods, a wetland and/or a forested buffer zone.

CONDITIONS/RULES:
  1. This exemption applies to land determined to be significant environmental land (currently marginal for agriculture and/or environmentally sensitive).
  2. This exemption will deal with lands that have not been designated under Natural Area Protection Act.
  3. All land holdings to be in the “environmentally significant class of land holding” are eligible for exemption from the s.2 limits of the Act up to a maximum of 40% of current aggregate land holdings, to a maximum of 400 acres for a person and 1200 acres for a corporation, of which no more than 80% (320 acres and 960 acres respectively) shall be forested.
  4. The applicant must be the registered owner of the property for which the Exemption is being sought.

FOR QUESTIONS,  PLEASE CONTACT:
Sustainable Agriculture Resources
PEI Department of Agriculture and Forestry
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-4145
Toll-free: 1-866-PEI-FARM (734-3276)

Forms

Environmentallly Significant Class of Land Holdings
  (PDF)     

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