Dave Bennett wrote:
I am glad I read this thread. I have 20 acres in the La Minerve, Quebec area. I now need to do some research on how my land can be used. I have owned it for a very long time. It is just 20 acres of forest. No road, none cleared, just forest. I guess my brother and I have owned it for 40 or more years. It has lake frontage too. Great fishing. It is not developed but the zoning use may have changed considerably since we acquired it. I have just made sure the taxes were paid over all of these years and haven't even visited it since the 70's.
Lolly K wrote:
Dave, I hope that gives you access to some forest to garden.
I bought land and especially loved the wide swath of trees on either side of the county ditch that runs through one corner. Fruiting black walnuts were interspersed with wild apple, oak and maple. That is, I loved it up until the time the county sent a contractor , without notifying me of the action, who "brushed" the ditch sixty feet from the bank for the entire 800+ foot length. There were a few cottonwoods left at the bend near the road and a 50 foot section of one bank had to be shored up after the timber was torn out of that space. The small amount of wood left behind didn't include that walnut I know was there. The cuttings that didn't disappear were then covered with the sand dredged up from the bottom of the ditch. I've had hugelkulture for years and only recently knew what it was called!
My building plans keep getting set back just "one more year", in part due to my sister's poor health last year and because of concern over the types of restrictions and disapproving looks I figure I'll get from the planning department. How I wish I could find it all written out instead of the basics (new home must meet or exceed 1000 sq. feet) with a lot of personal discretion on the part of the department head in how those basics will be met. I don't think the county has had a lot of experience with elevational earth sheltered homes. I hate to think of how they will react to a desire for strawbale or earth bag construction, composting toilet and gray water system.
The only problem we have ever had with the county is that we requested our tax bill in English on multiple occasions. That has never happened though. They come written in French.