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Agricultural Land Reserve

What is the Agricultural Land Reserve?

The Provincial government introduced BC's Land Commission Act on April 18, 1973 to protect prime farm land. The Agriculture Land Commission (ALC) was created to administer the Act and the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) was established. The ALC is an independent body appointed by the Province.

Within the ALR, agriculture is recognized as the priority use. Farming is encouraged and non‐agricultural uses are controlled. The ALR includes private and public lands that may be farmed, forested or vacant. The ALR takes precedence over, but does not replace other legislation

AV Farmland

ALR Application Procedures

The following procedure outlines the basic steps of the ALR application process. Each application is unique and has the potential for various requirements to be satisfied prior to completion. and bylaws that may apply to the land.

Most development applications received for properties within the ALR require approval of the ALC prior to Regional District approval. The types of applications that can be made include:

  • Exclude land from the ALR
  • Subdivide land within the ALR
  • Use land in the ALR for non-farm purposes.
  • Include land into the ALR (no fee required). Exceptions include, but are not limited to, building permits for agriculture‐related accessory buildings and placement of mobile homes as secondary dwelling units.

ALR Wordle It is recommended that all property owners who are considering development of property within the Regional District consult with the ACRD Planning Department prior to application in order to identify any additional steps that may be required.

PROCEDURE:

1. Make an application to the ALC. An Application MUST be submitted electronically to the ALC (www.alc.gov.bc.ca) To do this you must have a BCeID (https://www.bceid.ca)
Payment of the applicable $600.00 fee to the ACRD will be required.

2. Once the fee has been received, the proposal will be reviewed by the Planning Department. A planning report is prepared and will include recommendations and requirements to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations.

3. A documentation package (including report and application documents) will be submitted to the Agriculture Advisory Committee (AAC) for their review. The AAC meeting is an informal public meeting of local volunteers who provide their recommendations to the Regional Board and the ALC. It is recommended that the applicant attend this meeting.

4. The documentation package is then forwarded to the Regional Board of Directors' meeting for their consideration. The Board authorizes whether to allow your application to proceed to the ALC or not. If authorization is not granted, your application proceeds no further and the Regional District returns $300.00 of the original fee.

5. If authorization is granted, the application process continues. A full package of related documents, including your application and all recommendations (as required by the ALC), is sent to the ALC for their decision.

6. The applicant will receive a notice from the ALC advising them that their application has been received. The ALC will then continue with their process and will be in direct contact with the applicant regarding any required meetings and the status of application. Approval or denial will be sent directly to the applicant.

IMPORTANT!

Please Note: If at any stage, the proposal is not supported (ie. By the Planning Department, the AAC, or the Regional Board), the applicant would be notified immediately and given the opportunity to amend the proposal and/or provide justification for the proposal as submitted.