Land Value Appraisal Commission

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who comprises the Commission?
  2. How are Commission hearings conducted?
  3. Where are hearings conducted?
  4. How long do hearings take?
  5. What are the Commission’s Rules?
  6. Do you need a lawyer to appear before the Commission?
  7. How long before a decision is made?
  8. Can I get copies of the Decisions?
  9. What is the cost of Decisions?
  10. Can I review a File?
  11. Is there Cost for filing an Application?
  12. Are the Commission’s decision final and binding?


1. Who comprises the Commission?

The Commission consists of a Chair, Vice Chair and four members. The members are appointed by Order-in-Council. The Members are from various Municipalities throughout the Province, and reflect a variety of relevant experience and expertise, including legal, farming, real estate sales and development, and business.

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2. How are Commission hearings conducted?

Hearings are open to the public. All hearings are recorded by an audio recording device. Parties wishing to receive a transcript of the proceedings must send in a written request to the Secretary of the Commission. The Secretary shall release its recording of the hearing to a transcriber approved by the Commission at the party’s expense.

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3. Where are hearings conducted?

Most hearings are conducted at the Commission Office – 1144-363 Broadway. Hearings outside of Winnipeg are held in the Municipal Office.

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4. How long do hearings take?

Hearings vary in length. Some hearings can take as little as half a day while others can take a day, a few days to several weeks. The Commission tries to ensure that hearings are thorough, fair and processed in a timely manner.

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5. What are the Commission’s Rules?

Please refer to Rules of Procedure (PDF, 60 KB), or contact the Office for a copy of the Rules.

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6. Do you need a lawyer to appear before the Commission?

No, but you can retain a lawyer, whose reasonable fee will be paid by the acquiring authority. Please refer to Consulting Fees.

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7. How long before a decision is made?

The Panel Members issue a decision as soon as possible after the conclusion of the hearing, usually within a couple of weeks.

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8. Can I get copies of the Decisions?

Anyone wishing to receive copies of the Decision can contact the Office.

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9. What is the cost of Decisions?

A photocopy of a Decision is $8.00.

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10. Can I review a File?

All documents presented to the Board at the hearing are marked as Exhibits. Anyone wishing to review these Exhibits can contact the office to make arrangements for an appointment.

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11. Is there Cost for filing an Application?

No cost for a landowner for an application; the cost of a hearing is borne by the acquiring authority.

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12. Are the Commission’s decision final and binding?

See Function and Jurisdiction.

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