Province begins public consultation on ALR reform

By on February 7, 2018
Much of the land surrounding Merritt is within the Agricultural Land Reserve, in which non-agricultural uses are restricted. (Herald files).

 

The B.C. government aims to revitalize the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), the tribunal which is dedicated to preserving agricultural land and encouraging farming in the province.

The first step in the process came in January, when an independent committee of nine members was named to help shape the process of modernization for the ALC.

Jennifer Dyson, Vicki Huntington, Chief Byron Louis, Lenore Newman, Chris Kloot, Shaundehl Runka, Imri Critcher, Arzeema Hamir and Brian Underhill make up the panel, which will engage in public consultation and make recommendations on changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve program in order to better encourage farming in British Columbia.

The public consultation process will see the panel set up regional meetings in Abbotsford, Fort St. John, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Kamloops, Nanaimo and Price George, Quesnel and Richmond.

The meetings will be held in conjunction with an online survey, which is available at engage.gov.bc.ca/agriculturallandreserve. The survey will remain open until April 30, 2018.

One Comment

  1. John Kimpton

    February 11, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Speaking of agriculture, I will be very interested to see what comes out of the minister of agriculture’s advisory committee which is studying the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). I have already expressed my concerns that there are very few farmers on the NDP’s committee, as well as the fact that growing regions like the Cariboo-Chilcotin, Similkameen Valley and the Kootenays have been excluded entirely.

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