The province of BC Is seeking public input on how to revitalize the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC).
The ALR is a zone in which the agricultural use of land is prioritized. The reserve was established in 1973, and has about five per cent of BC’s land base in it, including both privately-owned land and Crown land.
The Sunshine Coast Regional District has approximately 3,900 hectares (ha.) of ALR land, or one per cent of our land base. It is estimated that less than 13 per cent (498 ha.) is used as farmland and about 60 per cent of this ALR land is currently forested and uninhabited.
A survey has been launched online and will be open until April 30 for comment by farmers, local government and the general public at: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/agriculturallandreserve/
Before answering the survey, people are encouraged to read a discussion paper prepared by an independent advisory committee, which focuses on themes such as stable governance, food security, residential and other non-farm uses in the ALR, and farm sales. The committee will review public input and provide a final report to the minister of agriculture in fall 2018.