Minister of Environment and Conservation Terry French speaks to delegates at the Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program’s Sustaining Our Watersheds workshop recently. — File photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
The province is making 50 Crown land cottage lots in t he Rocky Harbour enclave area in western Newfoundland available through a public draw process.
The public draw will be held 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Western Regional Lands Office, Ground Floor, Sir Richard Squires Building, Mount Bernard Avenue in Corner Brook.
Individuals interested in obtaining a lot must submit a public draw entry form to the Western Regional Lands Office in Corner Brook before 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 14. Entry forms received after the deadline will not be eligible.
The lots will be issued as a licence to occupy with an annual rent of $100 and a condition that the licence must be renewed every five years. Forms can be obtained from the lands office or from the department website at: www.env.gov.nl.ca/env.
Environment and Conservation Minister Terry French said Crown land is one of the province’s most valuable resources and the provincial government will continue to ensure the people of the province have fair access to cottage lots through our public draw system.
“It is important that we manage Crown land wisely while, at the same time, allowing those who are successful in the public draw process to develop cottage lots in a safe and environmentally-sound manner,” French said.
The public draw will determine applicant selection order for the lots through a random draw process. Applicants may attend this meeting, but attendance is not necessary. Following the random draw, a list will be posted on the department’s website and at Crown Lands offices at 11 a.m. on the same day.
It is the responsibility of entrants to check for their ranking in the draw, as draw entrants will not be contacted. The list will not display any personal contact information.
The selection of lots will take place at a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11, at the Fisherman’s Landing Inn, Rocky Harbour where attendance by draw entrants or their designated proxy representative is required. An application fee of $100 plus $13 HST and a $200 document processing fee must be paid at the time a lot is selected. The non-refundable fees will be charged towards the cost of processing the application and preparing title documents. Applicants are advised to inspect lots prior to the selection meeting.
Any lots remaining after the lot selection meeting will be offered to the public on a first-come, first-served basis on the next business day.
Information on individual lot location can be obtained from the Western Regional Lands Office at 709-637-2392 or from the Western Regional Lands Office, Department of Environment and Conservation, P.O. Box 2006, Squires Building, Corner Brook, N.L., A2H 6J8.