31. In a designated agricultural region, the owner of a vacant lot or lot in respect of which rights are not recognized in virtue of Chapter VII may, without the authorization of the commission, if his land title is registered before the date of the coming into force of a decree affecting the lot and contemplated in section 22 or 25, erect thereon one residence, provided that he files, before 1 July 1987, a statement of intention to that effect, erects it before 1 July 1988 and uses for that purpose an area not exceeding one half-hectare.
Where, on the same date, a person is the owner of several contiguous lots which are vacant or in respect of which rights are not recognized in virtue of Chapter VII and are situated in the territory of the same local municipality, he may, on the same conditions, erect one residence on those lots and use for that purpose an area not exceeding one-half hectare.
Where, on the same date, a person is the owner of several lots or a group of non-contiguous lots which are vacant or in respect of which rights are not recognized in virtue of Chapter VII, he shall not, on the same conditions, erect more than one residence in the territory of the same local municipality.
Where a residence is erected in accordance with this section, the right of use for residential purposes conferred subsists after the time limits prescribed above and is not extinguished by total or partial destruction of the residence.
This section does not exempt the lot or the contiguous lots on which the owner may build a residence from the application of sections 28 to 30.
From 2 August 1989, the right of use for residential purposes conferred by this section, and which was legally exercised before 1 July 1988, shall be extinguished by leaving uncropped for more than one year the area to which the right applies.
1978, c. 10, s. 31; 1982, c. 40, s. 8; 1986, c. 102, s. 1; 1989, c. 7, s. 15; 1996, c. 2, s. 797; 1996, c. 26, s. 23; 1999, c. 40, s. 235.