Increased Tax for Farmers

Increased Tax for Farmers

By obtaining the permission to extend Saint-David Street in 2005, Quebec City agreed to maintain Beauport’s nearby agricultural land until 2025 and even to stimulate the agricultural development of non-cultivated areas.

The problem is that this sector has been bought by a property owner in the recent years, which increased the tax amount for the two farmers left on Vignoble Street.

Farms Proteau and Lortie’s situation created a lot of reactions since the taxes have been raised by 970% and 275%, which decreases their capacity to remain on their land.

The City says it is respecting the law by considering the transaction values on neighbouring lands. Although most of them have been bought from 2009-2011 by a property owner who hopes the land will be dezoned one day.

This developer invested $15 M, more than 15 times the municipal value, which explains the effect on Proteau and Lortie’s tax accounts.

The municipal administration clearly expressed for the past two to three years its interest for real estate development in this sector.

This intention figures in the metropolitan design and development plan, Bâtir 2031 active since 2012.

In a decision taken in November 2005, the agricultural territory protection commission (CPTAQ) agreed for the extension of Saint-David Street. This new road is placed east of the Vignoble Street extremity, which ends in a dead-end a dozen metres or so away.

Amongst the CPTAQ’s arguments justifying its decision, the Commission specified that the City planned to protect the whole agricultural zone for 20 years even if it is an obstacle for urbanization.
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