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The use of subdivision controls to conserve open space Dorchester, Patricia Anne


In recent years conservation of the natural environment has become an important concern. Until recently, a municipality wishing to retain open space usually purchased it. There are, however, less costly alternatives. This thesis explores the actual and potential uses of one alternative -the conservation of open space through subdivision control. The objectives of the study were first, to describe the use of subdivision control devises to conserve open space in the GVRD and then, to suggest ways to increase their effectiveness. In order to indicate the range of subdivision controls open to B.C. municipalities the legislative basis was investigated. Under the existing system, municipalities have limited powers for securing open space in subdivisions. Four local municipalities were then interviewed to determine how subdivision controls are used in practice. Negotiations with the developer were found to characterize the process. However, because of the weakness of the enabling legislation, the developer's cooperation in preserving open space is essential. In addition, most municipalities lack clear policies to direct conservation of open space in subdivisions. The study concludes that controls would be more effective if stronger enabling legislation were introduced to improve the municipalities' bargaining position. In addition, environmental analysis of undeveloped areas would provide the necessary basis for the articulation of conservation objectives for subdivision control.

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