Subject: Your Input is Needed: Potential Changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act
In July 2014, the BC Ministry of Agriculture released its Consultation on Potential Changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act: Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation.
This Consultation process is a result of the passage of Bill 24 in May 2014, which introduced amendments to the Agricultural Land Commission Act that changed the structure of the ALC. Some of the detail that determines how these legislative changes will be implemented will be provided through changes to the ALR Regulation. One area of the Amendments proposed changes to the list of allowable uses on ALR land.
In this Consultation Paper, the Ministry is seeking input on some new proposed uses of farmland in the Agricultural Land Reserve without a requirement to make an application to the Agricultural Land Commission, on whether and to what extent these allowable uses should vary between different regions of the province, and on what parameters you think should be put around the proposed new uses.
Input is being sought both through online consultations as well as through regional Stakeholder meetings that will be conducted throughout BC from July 22 to August 22, 2014. Additionally, The BCFPA has been invited to participate at an in-person Consultation Meeting on August 14th to express your views and potential concerns. At the completion of this process, a summary of these findings will be shared publicly.
Because of the diverse nature of our Membership, the BCFPA wants to ensure that your voice is heard, and encourage you to review these proposed changes, and provide your feedback.
You can read the consultation paper by clicking here, and provide input through the online survey posted here. The survey will be accessible between July 22nd and August 22nd until noon. Additionally, you can contribute your comments by email at ALCA_feedback@gov.bc.ca.
If you have any questions, please contact us at the BCFPA at 604.504.4409.
James Donaldson, CEO
BC Food Processors Association