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This database is a centralized resource for planners, policy makers, community advocates, local organizations and the policy curious to search for policy precedents and to better understand how local government policy in B.C. is addressing local food systems. Search by a range of characteristics to find food system policies that have been adopted by local governments across B.C. For more information about using the database and how it was developed see How to use the Database

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Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

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Topic: Education, Food Production, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Food Self Reliance, Land Access, Nutrition and Public Health, Policy Partnerships, Advocacy & Development, Urban Agriculture, Waste Management, Water Management, Wildlife/Environmental/Pest Management

Sub-topics: local food culture, partnerships/advocacy/liaising, local procurement, edible landscaping, wildlife and ecosystem management, composting, soil, leasing of land for agriculture, urban gardens/orchard

Region: Central Kootenay | Document Type: Food Charter | Year: 2007

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

1. Champion the importance of food security to federal, provincial and regional government partners.

food sales, access and procurement;

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

  2. Champion the right of all residents to have access to adequate amounts of safe, and nutritious, food without the need to resort to emergency food providers and
advocate for policies that support the secure and dignified access to the food people need
nutrition and public health;   3. Sponsor nutrition programs and services that promote healthy growth in children
and help prevent diet-related diseases in later life

food sales, access and procurement;

nutrition and public health;

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

4. Partner with local producers, community, cooperative, business and government
organizations to increase the availability of healthy local foods
education; local food culture; 5. Support events that highlight the region’s diverse food shed
nutrition and public health;   6. Promote food safety programs and services.

food sales, access and procurement;

local procurement;

local food culture;

7. Foster a civic culture that inspires all Kaslo residents and all village departments to support local food producers and food programs that provide cultural, social,
economic and health benefits by adopting food purchasing practices for Village
sponsored events that serve as a model of health, social and environmental responsibility

urban agriculture;

wildlife/environmental/pest management;

edible landscaping;

wildlife and ecosystem management;

8. Plant Village decorative gardens with food producing species that are maintained
and managed to promote the conservation of wildlife.

urban agriculture;

food self reliance;

urban gardens/orchard;

9. Encourage the use of our community garden to increase food self-reliance, improve fitness, contribute to a cleaner environment, and enhance community development

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

10. Advocate for the protection of local producers, agricultural lands and support
agriculture through initiatives that highlight the importance of our farmers by
working towards an equitable economy that values food producers and the land
they grow food on
land access;

leasing of land for agriculture;

11. Consider accepting applications for Village owned land to be leased for food
production.

waste management;

wildlife/environmental/pest management;

composting;

soil;

wildlife and ecosystem management;

12. Support and implement the separation of organic materials from the waste system to be recycled and be made available to nurture soil fertility while reducing compost and foodstuffs garbage that attract bears 

food production;

urban agriculture;

  13. Foster policies that encourage and assist Village residents to produce their own
food in their gardens.

water management;

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising; 14. Recognize that water is an intricate and essential element to a healthy community and advocate for responsible use

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising; 15. Work with community agencies, residents’ groups, businesses and other levels of government to achieve these goals.

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land

Sub-topics: soil, deposit of fill and dumping

Region: Islands Trust | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: 2008

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A bylaw to regulate the removal and deposit of soil, rock and topsoil.

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Economic Development, Education, Food Processing, Storage & Distribution, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Land Access, Policy Partnerships, Advocacy & Development, Urban - Agriculture Conflict & Edge Planning, Urban Agriculture, Water Management, Wildlife/Environmental/Pest Management

Sub-topics: agri-tourism, agricultural advisory committee, agricultural industry services, ALR, BC environmental farm plan, buffer at agricultural edge, climate change and greenhouse gases, community food system education, disclosure agreement, farmer training, food distribution, food processing, food storage, irrigation and drainage, leasing of land for agriculture, local food culture, new entrants to farming, nuisance complaints, partnerships/advocacy/liaising, pesticide and pest management, protection of farming development permit area, research and data collection, stormwater management, wildlife and ecosystem management, zoning

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Agriculture Area Plan/Strategy | Year: 2009

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location

land access;

urban agriculture;

education;

 

research and data collection;

leasing of land for agriculture;

ALR;

Increase Access to Underutilized Agricultural Land.

Recommendations

a) Develop a strategy to increase landowner awareness of farmland leasing options, taxation benefits, and community demand for local production  
b) Create a database of farmland available for leasing, including a database maintenance strategy 
c) Develop access to materials on lease/rental terms and sample agreements, possibly website delivered  
d) Create educational materials for agricultural property owners regarding stewardship of agricultural land 
e) Through various workshops and electronic media, initiate discussion on the role of small lot property owners in enhancing local agriculture in the District (gaining access to land, pooling of small lots, rent calculator, lessee responsibilities) 
f) Identify and promote opportunities for development of urban agriculture

5.1

education;

land access;

new entrants to farming;

community food system education;

farmer training;

Improve the Agricultural Knowledge Base of Farmers.

Recommendations.

a) Partner with farmers to create apprenticeship opportunities and mentorships, and to attract workers to agriculture in the area
b) Pursue options and opportunities to provide a hands-on training ground for aspiring farmers
c) Engage high schools and post-secondary institutions in local farmer training initiatives
d) Investigate innovative ways aspiring new farmers without land may be encouraged to access agricultural land currently not in production
e) Through various workshops and electronic media, initiate information exchange on small lot agriculture (production techniques, organic, equipment, pest management)
f) Develop information sharing and exchange networks and coalitions with like-minded groups in other areas
g) Create a cross-commodity Farmers Institute (see Glossary) to coordinate and implement the knowledge base initiatives identified in this Agricultural Plan
h) Develop awareness of educational initiatives in the local community. 
 

5.2
education;

research and data collection;

local food culture;

community food system education;

Improve the Agricultural Knowledge Base of the Consumer Public.

Recommendations.

a) Develop an inventory of local agricultural land use and agricultural products produced
b) Create newspaper slot highlighting farming, seasonal recipes, farmer direct markets
c) Encourage retailers to advertise and identify locally produced and seasonal products
d) Partner with schools and the School District to communicate information about farming
e) Create more hands-on displays at District Fair
f) Host a “Taste of Maple Ridge” event annually
g) Engage local chefs to partner in local food promotion
h) Partner with schools to develop agricultural curriculum, including coordinating with the Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation and the School Gardens project
i) Report on Agricultural Plan completion in the media
j) Report regularly in the media on progress and issues relating to implementing the Agricultural Plan
k) Provide continued support for the Haney Farmers Market. 
 

5.3

food processing, storage and distribution;

food sales, access and procurement

food storage;

food distribution;

 

Develop the Local Distribution and Marketing System.

Recommendations.

a) Work with producers to: investigate the potential for marketing cooperatives; brokerages; machinery cooperatives; investigate community storage and handling options; learn about marketing models; branding  
b) Hold workshops on local marketing and distribution systems  
c) Enlist the participation of local expertise up-to-date on food marketing  issues  
d) Develop a strategy to assist the development of distribution and marketing options in the District 
e) Pursue the development of  key components of a local distribution system, including cooling, handling, and staging area for fresh produce (e.g., food terminal) 
f) Investigate marketing needs of local farming community

5.4

development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR;

protection of farming development permit area;

Protect the Agricultural Land Base.

Recommendations 
a) Continue to implement the OCP policies to protect the agricultural land base by creating Development Permit Area guidelines to minimize non-agricultural encroachment on agriculturally designated lands and farming activities 
b) Continue to implement the OCP policies to protect the agricultural land base by creating guidelines for reviewing applications for non-farm use, exclusions, fill applications, 
transportation and utility applications, subdivisions, and government applications 
c) Investigate federal, provincial, and Metro Vancouver support for agriculture irrigation water supply expansion 
d) Explore opportunities to protect agricultural land from development through a variety of means such as donations of land, covenants, easements, agricultural use of municipal land, consolidation of land, and other mechanisms that support agriculture  
e) Support opportunities to provide land for community based agriculture    
f) Explore establishing an agricultural levy on agricultural land conversion developments to ensure that capital is available to finance the agricultural strategy in this plan 
g) Explore retention of lots 2 ha (5 acres) and larger in the Agricultural Land Reserve 
h) Support and encourage applications to include lands in the Agricultural Land Reserve

5.5
water management;

ALR;

irrigation and drainage;

stormwter management;

Rehabilitate and Improve the Agricultural Infrastructure.

Recommendations

a) Investigate a watershed-based surface and groundwater irrigation strategy 
b) Where a need is identified, undertake a water supply inventory for lands in the Agricultural Land Reserve 
c) Explore establishing a drainage and flood control levy  
d) Require upland land owners and  applicants to control storm water flows into the flood plain 
e) Undertake a feasibility study of drainage and flood control to rehabilitate affected areas 
f) Continue to build relationship with the neighbouring municipality 
g) Require compensation from unavoidable agricultural land conversion developments to be used to increase net agricultural capability in the District 
h) Encourage the Agricultural Land Commission to enforce agreements entered into with proponents that allow applications to proceed on  Agricultural Land Reserve land

5.6
food processing, storage and distribution;

food processing;

agricultural industry services;

Develop Local Food System Infrastructure Capacity.

a) Work with producers and local entrepreneurs to explore the feasibility of an agroindustrial infrastructure strategy that could include: shared industrial spaces; branding; small scale processing facilities; community kitchens; mobile slaughter facilities

5.7
economic development;

agri-tourism;

urban gardens/orchards

Increase the Diversity of Agricultural Activity.  

Recommendations

a) Work with the AAC to promote and gauge the feasibility of alternative models of community supported agriculture 
b) Continue to acknowledge and incorporate agriculture into District economic development strategies and plans 
c) Explore  the agro-tourism policies of the Agricultural Land Commission for their potential to provide new and expanded opportunities for farmers and possible inclusion into District bylaws. 
d) Promote local agri-businesses and activities on District website and publications 
e) Encourage linkages in the agricultural sector in Maple Ridge to identify cross-demand for products  and services  
f) Identify a community work force for agriculture 
g) Identify community demand and develop linkages for participatory food production 
h) Provide opportunities for community gardening, allotments, and urban demonstration plots

5.8
urban-agriculture conflict/edge planning;

buffer at agricultural edge;

protection fo farming development permit area;

disclosure agreement;

nuisance complaints;

Reduce Potential for Stress in the Agricultural-Residential Interface.

a) Implement Development Permit Area guidelines to minimize non-agricultural  encroachment on agriculturally designated lands and farming activities, including specific provisions for buffer zones, appropriate landscaping, subdivision design, and building location 
b) Create a cross-commodity Farmers Institute to implement agricultural initiatives identified in this Plan 
c) Require notices on title on properties adjacent to agricultural lands (disclosure statements) to avoid neighbourhood conflicts   
d) Enforce noxious weed bylaw on idle land in the  Agricultural Land Reserve, municipal rightsof-way, and utility rights of way 
e) Create respect for property rights of farmers respecting trespass, vandalism, and harassment 
f) Develop a neighbourhood community watch for stray dogs, animals, and trespass 
g) Develop ongoing communication channels with non-farming landowners to promote “good  neighbour” relations 
h) Educate landowners adjacent to agricultural land of potential for farming activities on neighbouring properties. 

5.9
wildlife/environmental/pest management;

wildlife and ecosystem management;

BC environmental farm plan;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

pesticide and pest management;

climate change and greenhouse gases;

Minimize the Impact of Agriculture on the Environment

Recommendations 
a) Educate farmers about the benefits of completing and implementing Environmental Farm Plans 
b) Lobby to have the Environmental Farm Plan (see Glossary)  program broadened to include the equine sector, hobby farmers, and new farmers 
c) Identify options for farmers to manage farm manures in a sustainable manner 
d) Investigate and adopt new technologies to deal with farm wastes, alternative energy sources, and generation of greenhouse gases 
e) Develop interface,  linkage, and communications with Department of Fisheries and Oceans and BC Ministry of Environment to create workable solutions to agriculture-environment issues in the District 
f) Educate and inform the community about the ecological goods and services agriculture provides in Maple Ridge 
g) Promote the use of natural methods of controlling pests

5.10
wildlife/environmental/pest management;

wildlife and ecosystem management;

Reduce Agriculture – Wildlife Conflict.

Recommendations 
a) Keep channels of communication open to advise on issues before they become problems  
b) Develop strategy to control populations of released domestic rabbits 
c) Work with farmers experiencing depredation from bears and deer to channel movement away from farms 
d) Support research to develop repellents and barriers for problem wildlife 
e) Identify opportunities and create incentives for land owners to participate in land management systems that enhance wildlife habitat and support agriculture

5.11

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

agricultural advisory committee;

Create a Regulatory Environment Friendly to Agriculture

Recommendations 
a) Continue to retain the AAC to advise Council on issues affecting agriculture  
b) Develop results-based approach to new regulation, so that targets and effects are assessed before regulatory policy is implemented.  
c) Monitor proposed regulations to ensure they are not unnecessarily onerous on producers and agro-development 
d) Advocate for region-wide policies for agricultural area

5.12
development and productive use of agricultural land;

zoning;

ALR;

Protect and Enhance the Agricultural Context of the Agricultural Land Reserve (to address incompatible land use zoning for ALR).

Recommendations.

a) Continue to implement OCP by concentrating growth to within the urban area boundary 
b) Create a code of good land stewardship in the  Agricultural Land Reserve (abandoned cars, trailers, machinery, trash, obsolete signage, dumped soil) to prevent contamination and visual pollution (batteries, crankcase oil, unproductive fill) 
c) Encourage property owners to build in a fashion to conserve the land base and minimize potential for conflict with agricultural activity 
d) Explore changes in the RS-3 (One Family Rural Residential) zone as it applies to land in the  Agricultural Land Reserve with respect to restrictions such as setbacks, lot coverage, and accessory buildings.

5.13

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Economic Development, Food Processing, Storage & Distribution, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Urban - Agriculture Conflict & Edge Planning, Waste Management

Sub-topics: buffer at agricultural edge, food processing, food recovery/gleaning/donation

Region: Sunshine Coast | Document Type: Official Community Plan | Year: 2015

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location Language Rating
waste management;

food recovery/gleaning/donation;

Consider developing or supporting food recovery initiatives aimed at reducing food going to waste. part B 6.6.9  

food sales, access and procurement;

food processing, storage and distribution;

economic development;

food processing; Encourage and support businesses and other initiatives that harvest, create, process and sell food from the Sunshine Coast. part B 11.2.8  
development and productive use of agricultural land;   Encourage farming operations to continue on land that is designated as Rural and Agricultural and within the Agricultural Land Reserve, west of Payne Road, as shown on Schedule B. Land designated as Rural and Agricultural shall be used for the farming of land, plants and animals and similar activities as provided by the Agricultural Land Commission Act. This includes compatible uses such as boarding stables, turf farms, and greenhouses. part B 11.6.1  
urban-agriculture conflict and edge planning;

 buffer at agricultural edge;

Minimize urban-rural conflicts with existing or potential future agricultural operations along boundaries where non-agricultural lands within municipal boundaries adjoin lands within the ALR. Efforts to minimize urban-rural conflicts include:
  • the designation of non-farm lands with land uses that are compatible with farm use such as Greenbelt (e.g. designation along Gibson Creek)
  • the physical separation by a road or similar barrier between farm and non-farm uses (e.g. Reed Road, Payne Road); or Smart Plan – Page 64
  • suitable setback or buffering within non-farm areas (e.g. along the western municipal boundary north and south of Charman Creek) including ALR lands in the SCRD
part B 11.6.4  

Topic: Education, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Urban Agriculture, Waste Management

Sub-topics: community food system education, food recovery/gleaning/donation, farmers' markets, urban gardens/orchard

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Official Community Plan | Year: 2004

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location Language Rating
urban agriculture;

urban gardens/orchard;

Locate community gardens in municipal parks and at community centres, and support local residents in sharing garden initiatives;

sp 10 (a)

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food sales, access and procurement;

farmers' markets;

Encourage local farmers’ markets;

sp 10 (b)

 
waste management;

food recovery/gleaning/donation;

Support food collection and support local retailers who divert food from the waste stream for distribution to local agencies; and

sp 10 (c)

 

education;

urban agriculture;

community food system education;

Encourage education in urban agriculture.

sp 10 (d)

 

 

Topic: Education, Food Processing, Storage & Distribution, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: food processing, food distribution, community food system education, farmers' markets, urban gardens/orchard

Region: Squamish-Lillooet | Document Type: Official Community Plan | Year: consolidated 2016

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location Language Rating

food sales, access and procurement; 

farmers' markets;

The District will continue to support activities that promote local food production and provide opportunities for the sale of produce and other local food products such as the seasonal Farmers Market or similar opportunities.

part 4, 21-48;

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urban agriculture;

urban gardens/orchard;

Urban agriculture is encouraged as a method to assist in providing daily food items.

part 4, 26-4;

 

food sales, access and procurement; 

food processing, storage and distribution;

food processing;

food distribution;

The District supports the production, processing, distribution and sale of locally grown products.

part 4, 26-5;

 
education;

community food system education;

Public education efforts concerning the value of urban agriculture, forestry, composting, and water conservation are supported.

part 4, 26-6;

 

 

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Economic Development, First Nations and Indigenous Food Systems, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Policy Partnerships, Advocacy & Development, Urban - Agriculture Conflict & Edge Planning, Water Management

Sub-topics: recreational use of agricultural land, ALR, partnerships/advocacy/liaising, agricultural advisory committee, zoning, irrigation and drainage, local procurement, farm diversification, agri-tourism, agricultural impact assessment, farmers' markets, residential development

Region: Fraser Valley | Document Type: Agriculture Area Plan/Strategy | Year: 2010

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Topic Sub-Topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
urban-agriculture conflict/edge planning;   It is recommended the District of Kent, in situations where development may impact farm operations in any way, consider edge‐planning strategies as an effective option for protecting farmers from possible impact on their operations.   4.2.1 

development and productive use of agricultural land;

recreational use of agricultural land;

ALR;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

agricultural advisory committee;

It is recommended the District of Kent, in all cases where recreational trails may be considered in, or adjacent to, agricultural land, have plans reviewed by the Kent Agricultural Advisory Committee and the Agricultural Land Commission where required, and involve the agricultural community in the planning and implementation of design standards and maintenance or operation plans, to take into consideration concerns of the agricultural community and to minimize conflict 4.3 
development and productive use of agricultural land; ALR; It is recommended the District of Kent encourage amalgamation of contiguous parcels owned by one land owner to the extent possible, but not if any non‐agricultural use of any part of the parcels is proposed as a condition of amalgamation. 4.4.1
development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR;

residential development;

It is recommended the District of Kent, as a matter of policy, discourage applications for additional residences in the Agricultural Land Reserve. 4.5.1
development and productive use of agricultural land;

zoning;

ALR;

residential development;

It is recommended the District of Kent, after discouraging applications for additional permanent dwellings on agricultural land, consider removing the Rural Residential 1 and Rural Residential 2 zones from the Zoning Bylaw so that all agricultural land has as its main purpose to provide for agricultural and related rural development. 4.5.2
water management;

irrigation and drainage;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

It is recommended the District of Kent work closely with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Fraser Valley Regional District, and the Province as required, to implement appropriate bank protection and encourage better dredging of the Fraser River. 4.6.2 

food sales, access and procurement;

local procurement;

farmers' markets;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

It is recommended the District of Kent make every effort, in cooperation with the Kent Agricultural Advisory Committee, the local agricultural community and the Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce where appropriate, to support District farmers in making their products available for local purchase either from the farm gate or through a farmers’ market or in cooperation with other local retailers. 4.7.1 
food sales, access and procurement;

farmers' markets;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

It is recommended the District of Kent, in cooperation with interested local farmers and the local business community, and the Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce if appropriate, review ways to encourage development of a local farmers’ market in the Agassiz and Harrison area.   4.7.2
economic development;

farm diversification;

agri-tourism;

It is recommended the District of Kent support farmers considering value‐added, vertical integration, agri‐tourism, culinary tourism or other diversification efforts by continuing to provide a supportive regulatory environment for this to occur. 4.8.1

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

agricultural advisory committee;

It is recommended the District of Kent continue to appoint a staff person as the designated first point of contact for agricultural issues and concerns, to attend all meetings of the Kent Agricultural Advisory Committee, and to prepare the background material and other items necessary for those meetings 5.1.1
development and productive use of agricultural land;

agricultural impact assessment;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

agricultural advisory committee;

It is recommended the District of Kent, with input from the Kent Agricultural Advisory Committee and other appropriate bodies such as the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and the Agricultural Land Commission, prepare an appropriate agricultural impact assessment process so that all situations involving land‐use20 District of Kent Agricultural Area Plan applications or other issues affecting agricultural land in the District of Kent may be addressed through a consistent process.    
5.3.2 
First Nations and indigenous food systems;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

 

It is recommended the District of Kent continue to maintain positive relationships with First Nations communities by inviting representatives to participate in agricultural tours and other appropriate District agricultural events. 6.2.1 

Topic: Food Production, Food Sales, Access & Procurement

Sub-topics: food distribution, ALR exclusion, ALR subdivision, local food culture, ALR, farmers' markets, farm worker accommodation, residential development, urban gardens/orchard

Region: Fraser Valley | Document Type: Official Community Plan | Year: 2014

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development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR exclusion;

ALR subdivision;

ALR;

Fracturing or subdivision of agricultural parcels is not supported. However, the District may consider a homesite severance if approved by the Agricultural Land Commission and the minimum lot size requirements of the District’s Zoning Bylaw are met in relation to the remainder parcel;

4.2.5 *

food production;

food sales, access and procurement;

urban agriculture;

farmers' markets;

food distribution;

urban gardens/orchard;

Support opportunities to strengthen food security and provide local and equal access to healthy foods, especially for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. In the agricultural sector opportunities would include:

a. Retaining and enhancing existing community gardens and farmer’s market; and

b. Supporting local food production, sale and distribution.

4.2.6 *
development and productive use of agricultural land;

farm worker accommodation;

ALR;

residential development;

Additional dwellings on land within the ALR should only be allowed when the property owner can demonstrate that there is need for additional farm employment and that the dwelling is required to house the farm employee(s); 

 

4.2.13 *

food production;

food sales, access and procurement;

urban agriculture;

farmers' markets;

urban gardens/orchard;

local food culture;

Encourage sustainable, local food systems through initiatives such as the promotion of local foods and food production on private property and the facilitation of community gardens and farmers markets 8.7 *

 

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Economic Development, Education, Food Production, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Land Access, Policy Partnerships, Advocacy & Development, Urban - Agriculture Conflict & Edge Planning, Urban Agriculture, Water Management

Sub-topics: ALR, irrigation and drainage, ALR subdivision, buffer at agricultural edge, food processing, agricultural industry services, composting, community food system education, new entrants to farming, farmland trust, partnerships/advocacy/liaising, edible landscaping, livestock, food recovery/gleaning/donation, farmers' markets, residential development, urban gardens/orchard

Region: Powell River | Document Type: Official Community Plan | Year: 2013

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location Language Rating

development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR;

Maintain land with agricultural potential in the ALR for future agricultural uses.

4.3.2 (a)

 
water management;

irrigation and drainage;

Support development of on-farm water infrastructure (e.g. storage facilities, holding tanks, ponds, and drainage) on agricultural lands.

4.3.2 (c)

 
development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR subdivision;

ALR;

The subdivision of lands within the ALR where lot area or layout will impede or fragment agricultural potential or viability is not supported.

4.3.2 (d) *
development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR subdivision;

ALR;

Encourage a minimum lot size of 8.0 ha in accordance with the provincial standard. Neither an approving officer nor the ALC is obliged to approve applications for subdivision that meet minimum lot size specifications.

4.3.2 (e) *
development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR subdivision;

ALR;

Encourage consolidation of small parcels to create larger farm units for agricultural use where agricultural viability will be enhanced.

4.3.2 (f) *
urban-ag conflict/edge planning;

buffer at agricultural edge;

ALR;

In order to protect ALR from incompatible or inconsistent uses, development of lands adjacent to, or within, Agricultural Land Reserve lands will be required to:

a. Minimize impacts to the natural and human-made physical features of the area, and

b. Include a buffer zone on the non-agricultural side of the parcel boundary adjacent to agricultural land

4.3.2 (g) *
economic development;

food processing;

agricultural industry services;

Consider and support initiatives to address key gaps or weaknesses in the agriculture industry’s capacity, such as food processing facilities, a commercial abattoir, marketing, communications and input costs.

4.3.2 (i)  
waste management; composting;

Investigate opportunities to use local waste products as agricultural inputs.

4.3.2 (j)  
education;

community food system education;

new entrants to farming;

Consider use of public lands for activities that contribute to enhanced food security, agricultural awareness and attracting new farmers to the region.

4.3.2 (l)  
land access;

new entrants to farming;

farmland trust;

Consider and support innovative land and mentorship access models to support new farmers in gaining access to agricultural land for production, such as farmland trusts and `Start-Up Farms` programs.

4.3.2 (m)  
economic development;

ALR;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

Support local organizations to acquire private land, including parcels in the ALR, for the purpose of enhancing agricultural use and farm business viability.

4.3.2 (n) *

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

Support initiatives by local organizations and individuals to enhance agricultural capacity in the region, such as the "Full Circle Farm" project.

4.3.2 (o)  

food sales, access and procurement;

farmers' markets;

Farmer's Markets are supported as a direct marketing opportunity for farmers to provide fresh locally produced fruits, vegetables, livestock, poultry and dairy products to consumers.

4.3.2 (p) *
urban agriculture;

edible landscaping;

residential development;

Encourage growing edible plants in residential building setback areas and backyards.

4.3.2 (q) *
urban agriculture;

edible landscaping;

ALR;

Encourage community gardens in various forms including consideration of a garden bed box program, support for community gardens on private land such as multi-family sites, and use of vacant City or undeveloped land in the ALR land by a not for profit organization.

4.3.2 (r) *
food production;

zoning;

livestock;

residential development;

Agricultural use in the Suburban Residential designation is encouraged (although such lands are not within the ALR) but shall exclude intensive operations such as feed lots, piggeries, poultry farms, mushroom farms, all subject to Provincial Right to Farm legislation. 

4.5.1 (d)

 
food sales, access and procurement;

food recovery/gleaning/donation;

The City supports the local food bank and other food security initiatives for community members dependent upon this service.

6.3.2 (a)

 

food production;

economic development;

urban agriculture;

urban gardens/orchard;

livestock;

Council will support the investigation and development of specific food production opportunities within the community. 

8.1.2 (h)

 

 

Topic: Food Sales, Access & Procurement

Sub-topics: farm retail/farm gate sales, farmers' markets

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: 2002

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excrept Document Location
food sales, access and procurement; farm retail/farm gate sales;

Roadside Stands 

.1 General Provisions

(a) Every roadside stand applicant must: (i) satisfy the Licence Inspector that such applicant is operating a farm in the City; (ii) indicate the class of roadside stand for which a licence is being sought; and (iii) satisfy the Licence Inspector that such roadside stand: - will not create a traffic hazard; and - has been granted any required arterial highway access approval, in writing, from the Province of British Columbia.

(b) The Licence Inspector must not issue more than one roadside stand licence for any one legal parcel which is a farm....See document for additional regulations related to roadside stands.

2.1.21
food sales, access and procurement; farmers' markets;

Farmers’ Market

Every farmers’ market applicant must:

(a) if the operation is on land other than land owned by the applicant, to provide evidence of permission by the owner to use the land for the purpose of a farmers’ market;

(b) permit only the display and sale of any of the following:

(i) fruit, vegetables, nuts, honey, syrups, dairy products, eggs, poultry, meat, flowers, herbs, and any products derived there from, that are produced in the Province of British Columbia and prepared for market in accordance with applicable laws;

(ii) artwork or handcrafted items that are designed, created, produced and assembled in the Province of British Columbia; and

(iii) baked or handmade foods produced in British Columbia;

(c) before allowing the sale of any goods mentioned in paragraph (b), provide evidence that all vendors intending to sell food products have been granted a health permit for that purpose; and ...See document for additional regulations related to farmers' markets.

2.1.30