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A Community Land Trust is a non-profit, community-based organisation run by volunteers that develops housing or other assets at permanently affordable levels for long-term community benefit. It does this by separating the value of the building from the land that it stands on and, in the case of shared-equity homes, fixing the resale percentage. The Community Land Trust holds the asset in trust for long-term community benefit.
The following are a list of resources on Community Land Trusts and Farmland Trusts. As of yet, they have not been widely used in Canada, but here's hoping that's soon to change!
- What is a Land Trust?
- Community Land Trusts in a Nutshell
- An Introduction to Community Land Trusts
- Affordability Locked In
- Establishing Your Community Farm Trust: Legal Tools and Comparative Models
- Parkdale Community Land Trust
- Ontario Land Trust Alliance
- Ontario Farmland Trust
- Review of Farmland Trusts: Communities Supporting Farmland, Farming and Farmers (BC)
- Critical Success Factors for Community Land Trusts in Canada
- Two California Food Cooperatives use "Co-op Math" to Preserve Farmland
- Co-op Farmland Trust (California)
- Mutual Home Ownership: Ecovillages and Community Land Trusts
More resources on Farmland Conservation from the Ontario Farmland Trust:
- Farmland in Ontario - Are we losing a valuable resource?
- The Potential for Use of Farmland Conservation Agreements in Ontario
- Farmland Preservation: An Assessment of the Impact of Rural Non-Farm Development on the Viability of Ontario's Agricultural Industry
- Ontario's Countryside: A Resource to Preserve or an Urban Area in Waiting? An Assessment of the Impact of Rural Non-Farm Development on the Viability of Ontario's Agricultural Industry
- Approaches to Farmland Preservation: An American Case Study
- Farmland Preservation Research Project Discussion Paper Series 2003
- Agri-Gifts & Eco-Gifts for Conservation: Harmonizing the Incentives
- Benefits of Farmland Protection