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Facts on Harmonyville Subdivision Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

Belmopan. May 22, 2014.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture takes this opportunity to share the following facts on the Harmonyville
Subdivision:-

1.  In 2010 Cabinet approved the acquisition of 1,327.139 acres of land located between miles 41 and 42 on the George Price Highway- the area now known as Harmonyville
2. Acquisition cost- BZ$1,990,708.50 plus 3% interest.
 3.  Cabinet subsequently approved the subdivision design for the development that includes over 1000-one acre plots, open areas (parks, cemetery, and school) and the buffer strip (reserve) along the highway.
 4.  Cabinet further approved for the distribution of lots to be done based on the recommendation of BGYEA.
 5.  Cabinet also agreed that the purchase price for each one acre plot be at a social rate of $1000/ one acre plot. 
 a. Note- the purchase price for regular a house lot in rural areas is currently $1,500/lot. A one acre plot allows for 4 regular house lots (100ft/100ft).
6.  In 2011, the Department of Lands and Surveys facilitated the urgent acceptance and processing of applications from BGYEA members by accommodating for an unusual opening of our offices on three consecutive weekends and also by the deployment of additional staff to further facilitate.
 7.  To date, over 1,040 leases have been accepted, processed and approved for lots measuring an acre each to members of BGYEA and other individuals on the recommendation of BGYEA.
 8.  The buffer zone (reserve) of approximately 29 acres separates the Harmonyville subdivision from the George Price Highway.
 9.  In late April 2014, BGYEA sought assistance from the Department of Lands and Surveys to evict squatters who had encroached into the buffer zone.
 10. On April 29th, 2014 the Department of Lands and Surveys intervened and issued eviction notices to the squatters.
 11. On May 5th, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture observed clearing of the buffer zone and upon inspection, learned that BGYEA entered into an arrangement with one, Mr. Sam Patton, to cultivate corn in the same buffer zone.
 12.  On May 8th, 2014 the Ministry of Natural Resources ordered Mr. Sam Patton to cease and desist with the clearing activities. 
13. On May 9th, BGYEA wrote to the Ministry of Natural Resources seeking permission from the Department of Lands and Surveys to continue the cultivation of corn in the buffer. 
14.  On May 13th, Cabinet did not approve for the buffer to be used and so the request was denied.
 15.  There was a duplication case where a title for 5 acres was issued to Mr. Roy Gordon that overlapped with part of the buffer. This matter has been discussed and settled with Mr. Gordon who understood the rationale for the buffer and agreed to move. The title has been withdrawn.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture welcomes further peaceful constructive and timely dialogue with the Harmonyville community to ensure proper development of this area. We remain open to dialogue on this matter in an effort to facilitate a solution that would be in the best interest of the country.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture extends its appreciation to the general public for their cooperation and understanding in this matter.
COMMISSIONER OF LANDS AND SURVEY