04/26/2012 02:53 EDT | Updated 06/26/2012 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia proposes legislation to protect traditional use of lands

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government has introduced legislation that would preserve the traditional use of lands such as farms in the event of a sale.

Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker says the proposed Community Easements Act would allow any community group to obtain an easement after reaching an agreement with the owner of the land.

Parker says the legislation would make it possible for community groups to pay land owners for the right to limit future uses.

He says the easement would remain with the land even after it is sold.

Parker says that means any buyer would be prevented from developing the land in a way that prevents the land use that is protected by the easement, whether it be for farming, forestry or other purposes.

He says there is similar legislation in other provinces including in neighbouring New Brunswick.