ALR/ALC Revitalization Consultation

Apr 15, 2018

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The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) contains land where agriculture is recognized as the primary use and non-agricultural uses are restricted. The Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) is the independent administrative tribunal responsible for preserving land in the ALR.

In January, the BC Minister of Agriculture created an Advisory Committee tasked to make recommendations on revitalizing the ALR and ALC. The Advisory Committee is evaluating policy issues that impact the ALR and ALC, and consulting with stakeholders and the general public.

A discussion paper published by the Advisory Committee raises concerns about increased residential development on ALR land not related to agricultural use. The paper also notes the absence of provincial legislation restricting the sizing and siting of residential uses in the ALR.

REALTORS® across BC are involved in real estate transactions concerning land in the ALR every day, and changes to land use strategy that restricts residential uses may impact your ability to provide clients with properties that meet their needs.

Preserving agricultural land in BC is a worthwhile pursuit, and one that should consider the short- and long-term impacts on the real estate profession and the rights of private property owners.

The discussion paper, as well as opportunities to participate in the consultation, can be found online. The consultation period closes on April 30, 2018. Please take the time to share your insights and expertise.

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