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Province seeking public engagement on ALR revitalization

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VICTORIA, B.C. — The provincial government is asking residents to give feedback on the plans to revitalize the Agricultural Land Reserve and the Agricultural Land Commission.

Last month, it was announced that a committee had been formed to spearhead efforts to revitalize the ALR and ALC. One of the committee’s members is Taylor farmer Irmi Critcher.

The Minister of Agriculture’s advisory committee has released its consultation paper on revitalizing the ALR and ALC, and is seeking opinions and feedback. The paper and an online survey for public feedback focus on collecting opinions and views on 10 common themes:

  1. A defensible and defended ALR
  2. ALR resilience
  3. Stable governance
  4. Efficacy of Zones 1 and 2
  5. Interpretation and implementation of the act and regulation
  6. Food security and B.C.’s agricultural contribution
  7. Residential uses in the ALR
  8. Farm processing and sales in the ALR
  9. Unauthorized uses
  10. Non-farm uses and resource extraction in the ALR

The committee will also be hosting regional stakeholder meetings with to hear directly from the local farming and ranching communities and organizations in Fort St. John, Abbotsford, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Quesnel and Richmond later this year.

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Stakeholders and British Columbians can participate in the public engagement online or contribute feedback through email and mail submissions. For more information, visit http://engage.gov.bc.ca/agriculturallandreserve.

Any legislative changes that support the revitalization of the commission and the reserve are targeted for late 2018 or early 2019.

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