Series 92 - Land transactions

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Land transactions

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    CRICH 92

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    • 1941-1987 (Creation)
      Richmond (B.C.). Law Department

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    4.1 m of textual records;493 maps;76 photograph prints : col. and b&w

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    (1896 -)

    Administrative history

    The Municipal Act, at the time of incorporation, empowered Council to establish, regulate and maintain a police force, and to assist in the administration of justice by assisting in the operation of the Police Courts. The Municipal Clauses Act of 1896 outlined the duties of the municipality, which were to: police and enforce bylaws, maintain law and order in the municipality, and administer justice through the prosecution of offenders. Similar provisions remained in effect until 1974, at which time the Police Act repealed Municipal Act provisions relating to the municipality's role in court administration, and in the prosecution of offenders.

    Currently, the Law Section is a part of the Finance and Corporate Services Division. The Law Section is responsible for: providing advice to City Council and staff regarding the City's legal rights and obligations; ensuring bylaws presented to City Council for adoption are legally correct; preparing legal documents for the acquisition, sale or lease of real property; negotiating, preparing and reviewing contracts and other legal documents on behalf of the City; and ensuring that the City is represented in court proceedings in which it is involved.

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    Series consists of correspondence, agreements, memoranda, plans, and photographs relating to the role of the Law Department in negotiating and advising on land transactions carried out between the City and other parties. The majority of records in this series relate to the purchase of private lands for the purposes of road building and road improvements such as expanding intersections. Sub-series 3, Land sales, relates to the sale of property in the municipally owned Brighouse Industrial Estate. Sub-series 6, Subdivisions, relates to legal issues including development case files concerning McDonald's restaurant, the Lansdowne/Woodwards development, and developments at Garry Point and Terra Nova. The series also includes several sub-series which document agreements between the City, and various businesses, organizations, and individuals, regarding property easements, right-of-ways and leases; and sub-series relating to the relocation of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company railway lines.

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    Comprised of 10 sub-series: 1. Land acquisitions, 1960-1981; 2. Road acquisitions, 1959-1980; 3. Land sales, 1962-1981; 4. Easements, 1959-1980 (predominant 1970-1979); 5. Right-of-way agreements, 1964-1984; 6. Subdivisions - development case files, 1958-1987; 7. Leases, 1941-1981; 8. Expropriations, 1964-1974; 9. C.P.R. relocation, 1962-1971; 10. Consolidated Building Corporation, 1956-1967

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        BCAUL control number: CRICH-SER-92

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