Other Approving Authorities in the ALR
The ALC Act empowers the ALC to delegate certain decision making to an “authority” – which is defined as “an agent of government, a public body or public officer” with whom the ALC has an agreement. By this means, the ALC may, by agreement, transfer certain of its powers and authority to another agency. Section 26 (5) of the Agricultural Land Commission Act stipulates that once a delegation agreement has been struck, any decision taken by the delegated authority is treated with the same force and effect as a decision of the ALC.
The goal, in these situations, is to take advantage of an external agency’s capacity to help reduce duplication of application requirements and to streamline processing while still ensuring that ALR lands are preserved and protected.
For details on current delegation agreement, refer to the Working with Ministries and other Agencies section.
Section 21 of the Agricultural Land Commission Act provides that a person must not subdivide agricultural land unless permitted by the Agricultural Land Commission Act, the Regulation or an order of the Commission. However, Section 3 of the Agricultural Land Reserve General Regulation prescribes criteria for specific types of subdivisions that can be permitted by an approving officer, including boundary line adjustment subdivisions provided that they meet certain criteria.