During the past decades, bare land strata development projects have become commonplace in Sooke. It is important to understand the basic differences between a bare land strata lot and a conventional subdivision lot. What is a 'bare land strata plan'? A 'bare land strata plan' is defined as a 'strata plan on which the boundaries of the strata lots are defined on a horizontal plane by reference to survey markers, and not by reference to floors, walls and ceilings of a building'.
Before a bare land strata plan may be registered in a Land Title Office, it must first be approved by an approving officer. That would normally be an employee of the Ministry of Transportation or local municipality. There are some key differences between these lots and conventional subdivision lots. Firstly, the bare land strata lots include a strata corporation which means that there are applicable strata bylaws, annual budgets, contingency reserve funds and directors of the strata corporation. Secondly, the bare land strata lots must establish common property in the subdivision. This land usually relates to roads, greenspace, utility or recreation area. These areas are for the exclusive use of, and responsiblity of the strata lot owners.