15. The commission, when it receives an application for authorization under this Act, shall, taking into consideration the biophysical conditions of the soil and of the environment, determine whether the area contemplated in the application is suitable for the cultivation of the soil or the raising of livestock.
If the commission considers that the land in question is not suitable for the cultivation of the soil or the raising of livestock, it shall grant its authorization.
In the opposite case, it shall, in examining the application, take into consideration the possible uses of the land in question for agricultural purposes and the economic consequences thereof, the repercussions that the granting of the application would have on the preservation of agricultural land in the territory of the local municipality and in the region and on the homogeneity of the farming community and farming operations.
1979, c. 65, s. 15; 1996, c. 2, s. 14.