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Municipal Land Lands within a municipal boundary as defined by Article 14.1.1 of the NLCA

Municipal lands are lands located within the municipal boundaries. Municipal lands may be thought of as "community lots" because they include the built-up areas and surveyed lots in communities. Municipal lands do not include the tundra and wilderness areas outside hamlet boundaries.

Not all surveyed lots inside community boundaries are included as municipal lands. Lands which are already privately owned (for example, some Church sites and Northern Store sites), those owned by the Designated Inuit Organizations, or any lands required by the Federal or Territorial Government (for example, school sites and health centre sites) are not municipal lands.

Available Land Land shown as vacant in a land ledger administered by each Municipal Corporation.
Commissioner of Nunavut's Land Commissioner's land as defined in the Nunavut Act (Canada) and the Commissioner's Land Act, or Territorial Lands, as defined in the Territorial Lands Act (Canada) and administered by the GN.

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Development Costs The capital costs incurred in developing land, after deducting those infrastructure components that are funded by capital grants or contributions received from the GN. Capital costs may include, but are not limited to:
  1. Planning and engineering design;
  2. project management;
  3. road construction;
  4. culverts and drainage works;
  5. sidewalks;
  6. landfill;
  7. open spaces;
  8. piped water and sewer lines;
  9. electrical distribution lines;
  10. legal surveys;
  11. telephone services;
  12. land acquisition and/or disposal costs; and
  13. financing and interest charges incurred in developing the land.
Disposition of Land The sale, the lease or other disposition of land. (Section 3 of Commissioners Land Act).
Industrial Users Users whose primary activity is the manufacture, assembly, or processing of goods or commodities or the exploitation of natural resources.
Land Administration Agreement A contract between a municipal corporation and the GN outlining the process, terms and conditions of the transfer of land from the GN to the municipal corporation.
Lot A parcel of land, for which development costs have been incurred and which has been duly described by the municipal corporation or legally surveyed for the purpose of lease or other disposition.
Lot Lease Price The price determined by the municipal corporation based on the land development cost as determined by the land administration by-law.
Market Value The value of a parcel of land based on the amount that a willing buyer would pay to a willing seller. Market value shall be determined by a professionally qualified land appraiser or assessor or by public tender or auction.
Municipal Corporation A community governing body incorporated under the Cities, Towns and Villages Act, or the Hamlets Act.
Municipality The geographic area of jurisdiction of a municipal corporation.
New Lots As defined in the relevant Municipal Land Administration By-Law.
Off Site Levies A municipal corporation may set a surcharge on a lease to assist with all or part of the capital costs of new or expanded infrastructure, including land, that directly, but not exclusively, benefits the lessee. The infrastructure need not be located on the municipal lands being leased. For example, an improved water/sewage line.
Replacement Cost The estimated development costs for a parcel of land, updated to the current year, representing the cost to develop a similar lot in the municipality, incorporating site-specific factors.
Site-Specific Factors Where applicable, factors may be used by a municipal corporation to add or subtract up to 25 percent of the development costs of new lots or the replacement cost for existing developed lots. These may be:
  1. size of land parcel;
  2. site conditions (grade level, amount of landfill, etc.);
  3. desirability of location (e.g., river, stream or lake, vistas, etc.);
  4. adjacent land uses; and
  5. proposed land use.
However, adjustments to lot lease prices may not result in higher total development costs for a particular land development area.
CMHC Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), a Crown corporation of the Government of Canada.
100 Foot Strip 100 Foot Strip
(see Part 5, Article 14, Sections 14.5.1 to 14.5.3)
NLCA pages 130 and 131

The 100 Foot Strip is land within 30.48 metres (100 feet) of the ordinary high water mark (shoreline) of a navigable body of water within the municipal boundaries. These lands are administered and controlled by the Commissioner in accordance with the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Article (NLCA) 14 Part 5 for the benefit of the municipalities. Lots within this area are commonly referred to as the 100-foot strip or the ordinary high water mark lots. These lands can be leased and developed but cannot be sold. The municipalities cannot obtained title to these lands, however, municipal approval is required prior to the Commissioner leasing these lands or transferring them to the Federal Government. Even before the NLCA was enacted, the administration and control of the 100-foot reserve was transferred to the Commissioner from the Federal Government when the lands within municipal boundaries were transferred to the Commissioner.

The history of 100-foot rule goes back even further when it was put into Territorial Lands Act (This Act is used to administer and control Federal Lands(Crown Lands). It was designed to allow public access to lands along the shoreline. If lands were sold to a private landowner, it could prevent people from using the shoreline. Most provincial governments have similar rules for the management of Crown lands. In Ontario, for example, as a general rule, you cannot purchase property within 66 feet of the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) and in Newfoundland and Labrador it is 15 metres.

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