YELLOWKNIFE, NT (July 23, 2015 ) – The Government of the Northwest Territories is moving forward to provide Cassidy Point leaseholders with the opportunity to obtain fee simple title on their existing lot.
“By providing the opportunity to pursue land ownership, this government is fulfilling a long-standing commitment to the Cassidy Point leaseholders,” said Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Lands. “The Department will be working directly with the leaseholders to provide information and details about the purchase process, should they choose that option.”
There are 41 leaseholders at Cassidy Point, which is on Commissioner’s Land, about 17 kilometres east of Yellowknife along the Ingraham Trail. The sale of Commissioner’s Land in the Northwest Territories is priced in accordance with the GNWT’s Land Pricing Policy . Development at Cassidy Point is governed through the Area Development Act and the Cassidy Point Development Area Regulations and any improvements would be managed pursuant to that legislation.
A moratorium is still in place on issuing new recreational leases within the focus area along Highways No.3 and No.4 until the Recreational Land Management Framework is released in Spring 2016. The Framework will provide NWT-wide recreational leasing policies and planning that will respond to the needs of northerners and will be consistent with the Land Use and Sustainability Framework. In addition to identifying what demand exists for making lands available for recreational uses, the Department’s goal is to identify potential new areas suitable for leasing or sale, while respecting Aboriginal rights. The Department will ensure rural land across the NWT is used responsibly and sustainably.
Managing public lands in the Northwest Territories in a responsible and sustainable manner that meets the needs of northerners is a priority of the 17th Legislative Assembly.
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