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Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

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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 Excerpt 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

 

Topic: Education, Food Processing, Storage & Distribution, Food Production, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Land Access, Nutrition and Public Health, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: community food system education, food processing, food storage, urban gardens/orchard

Region: Central Kootenay | Document Type: Other | Year: 2010

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

food sales, access and procurement;

nutrition and public health;

 

Ensure availability and accessibility of nutritious whole foods.

Objectives, pg 15  
land access;  

Participate in a coordinated approach to support farmers’ access to the land and resources they need in order to maximize regional food production, processing and distribution.

Objectives, pg 15  

food production;

food processing, storage and distribution;

urban agriculture;

food processing;

food storage;

urban gardens/orchard;

Support and encourage food production, processing and storage within city limits at both the commercial level and individual level.

Objectives, pg 15  
education; community food system education;

Inspire a greater understanding of the local / global food system and available resources to build community capacity and to foster more informed, ethical choices. 

Objectives, pg 15  

 

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Wildlife/Environmental/Pest Management

Sub-topics: wildlife and ecosystem management, farmland trust

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Official Community Plan | Year: 2002

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location Language Rating
development and productive use of agricultural land;  

Promote the continued farming of existing agricultural lands. Uphold current agricultural land use designations

section 5.8 objective 2 (b)  
wildlife/environmental/pest management;

wildlife and ecosystem management;

farmland trust;

Support the continued role of agricultural lands for supporting migratory birds such as raptors and waterfowl. This may be achieved by:

- working with the GVRD to promote habitat enhancements and the preservation of open green space at Colony farm; and

- investigating the feasibility of various land trust activities.

section 5.8 objective 2 (d)

 

 

Topic: Urban - Agriculture Conflict & Edge Planning

Sub-topics:

Region: | Document Type: Guideline | Year: 2015

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BCMA guidelines for edge planning adjacent to the ALR.

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: ALR, BC environmental farm plan, climate change and greenhouse gases, community food system education, covenants, crops, deposit of fill and dumping, disclosure agreement, farm diversification, farm traffic, farmland speculation, farmland trust, food processing, irrigation and drainage, leasing of land for agriculture, local food culture, new entrants to farming, nuisance complaints, partnerships/advocacy/liaising, recreational use of agricultural land, residential development, signage in agricultural areas, soil, tax mechanisms, urban gardens/orchard, water rate for agriculture, wildlife and ecosystem management

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Agriculture Area Plan/Strategy | Year: 2011

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
food processing, storage and distribution;

food processing;

farm diversification;

Encourage and facilitate local on-farm processing opportunities with on-farm regulatory processes and requirements that encourage diversification 5.1.1
food processing, storage and distribution; food processing;  Investigate the feasibility of attracting processors for local crops by providing financial incentives and serviced locations. Identify and target appropriate scale niche and value chain opportunities presented by the Delta agricultural sector 5.1.1
food processing, storage and distribution; food processing; tax mechanisms; Investigate the feasibility of attracting processors using a revitalization tax exemption program bylaw 5.1.1
policy partnerships, advocacy and development; partnerships/advocacy/liaising; Lobby for the incorporation of on-farm value-added as eligible farm income for farm tax assessment purposes. 5.1.1

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

water management

water rate for agriculture;

irrigation and drainage;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

Advocate with Metro Vancouver for regional bulk water rates for agriculture (e.g., Capital Regional District) or otherwise reduce the cost of municipal water to farmers) 5.1.2
  climate change and greenhouse gases; Investigate the feasibility of alternative fuel technologies (e.g., cogeneration) to support farm operations and reduce GHG emissions 5.1.2
economic development;   Encourage farmer buying groups for inputs (fertilizer, lime, feed, other inputs) 5.1.2

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;;

land access;

leasing of land for agriculture;

farmland trust;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

 Advocate for a regional agricultural trust to acquire agricultural land and provide affordable long term leases to farmers. 5.1.2
policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

climate change and greenhouse gases;

Lobby senior governments to investigate and research opportunities and create incentives for farmers to reduce GHG emissions. 5.1.2
policy partnerships, advocacy and development; tax mechanisms;   Lobby the Province to investigate farmstead provisions that would tax agricultural buildings and improvements of bona fide farmers at a lower agricultural rate or provide tax exemptions for farm improvements (e.g., New York State, North Dakota). 5.1.2
development and productive use of agricultural land; deposit of fill and dumping; Identify areas where dumping of waste on agricultural lands is occurring, improve frequency of clean-up, and  increase bylaw enforcement 5.1.3
education;

recreational use of agricultural land;

signage is agricultural areas;

Review and maintain signage and provide education material to recreational users that they are in an agricultural area and that agricultural activities are acceptable 5.1.3
urban-agriculture conflict and edge planning;

nuisance complaints;

covenants;

residential development;

disclosure agreement;

Require notification/disclosure on property transactions adjacent to agricultural lands that purchasers may expect normal farm practices, possibly  through a covenant 5.1.3
policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

farm diversification;

Assist farmers to navigate the regulatory requirements in pursuing innovative projects (e.g., energy and waste management technologies), on-farm value added and diversification 5.1.4
  climate change and greenhouse gases;  Work with farmers to develop technological and land based solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with agricultural practices and to make farm business more resilient to future impacts of climate change by investing in adaptation strategies for agriculture. 5.1.4
policy partnerships, advocacy and development; partnerships/advocacy/liaising;  Support farmers in dealings with federal and provincial agencies, such as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and BC Ministry of Environment, to ensure that conditions for efficient agriculture are enhanced, and specifically work toward “agriculture-friendly” protocols for ditch and dike maintenance that protect the environment and are timely, reasonable and feasible from an agricultural perspective 5.1.5
policy partnerships, advocacy and development; partnerships/advocacy/liaising; Build agricultural understanding in municipal Hall with agriculturally qualified staff (e.g., professional agrologist), information sessions, tours and dialogue 5.1.5
wildlife, environmental and pest management; BC environmental farm plan; Encourage environmental farm planning, the adoption of beneficial management practices, and other environmental initiatives to reduce environmental risks and regulatory compliance costs 5.1.5
water management;

crops;

food processing;

irrigation and drainage;

Ensure municipal water is accessible to support high valued crops production and on-farm processing. 5.2.1
water management; irrigation and drainage; Continue to improve agricultural drainage and irrigation  5.2.1
urban-agriculture conflict and edge planning; farm traffic; Continue to work with the farming community to explore options to improve agricultural vehicle movement (e.g., through the Highways Bylaw) 5.2.2
economic development;

new entrants to farming;

farm diversification;


In collaboration with Metro Vancouver, neighbouring municipalities and BCMA, investigate options for providing agrologist services to assist start up farmers and identify funding sources to pursue new business ideas.
5.3.1
education;

new entrants to farming;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

Enhance relationships with Delta farmers, secondary and post-secondary education institutions, agricultural academies, ministries and associations to facilitate events and initiatives to provide new/young farmers with training, mentoring, technical expertise, production knowledge, and access to agricultural programs that would promote knowledge transfer and build capacity in smaller scale farming 5.3.1
economic development; farm diversification;  Explore and support farming models that develop stronger connections between the farming community and the local marketplace and encourage new types of agricultural enterprise, such as community supported agriculture, cooperatives, local food alliances, and community networks. 5.3.1
education; new entrants to farming; Support on-farm internship programs (e.g., Canadian Farm Business Management Council, CRAFTOntario program, WWOOF Canada
 
5.3.1
policy partnerships, advocacy and development; partnerships/advocacy/liaising; Lobby senior governments for the development of family trust legislation to facilitate transfer of farmland between generations 5.3.1
land access;

leasing of agricultural land;

new entrants to farming;

Investigate incentives to encourage active farmland use, by improving access by aspiring and landless farmers, spurring existing non-farming farmland owners to lease out their land, exploring agricultural trusts, and encouraging longer lease terms. 5.3.2
land access;

leasing of agricultural land;

new entrants to farming;

Make municipal and Crown land available for farming under lease to young farmers and new entrants. 5.3.2
land access; farmland trust; Explore new relationships with existing land trusts (e.g., Ducks Unlimited, The Land Conservancy), to increase access to farmland by farmers. 5.3.2
development and productive use of agricultural land;

soil;

ALR;

deposit of fill and dumping;

Improve enforcement of existing regulations in farming areas including soil filling, storage, waste dumping, and maintenance of agricultural properties, engaging the AAC to assist in spotting violations and problem areas 5.3.3
development and productive use of agricultural land;

farmland speculation;

ALR;

Explore financial mechanisms to address farmland speculation and deter non-agricultural development on farmland. 5.3.3

urban-agriculture conflict and edge planning;

education;

nuisance complaints;

ALR;

residential development;

Educate rural-residential property owners about normal impacts associated with adjacent agricultural operations and create awareness among realtors and non-agricultural property purchasers of farming activities in the ALR 5.3.3
land access;

covenants

farmland trust

Encourage agricultural and other land trusts to make their farmland available to Delta famers without covenants that restrict its agricultural use. 5.3.3
education;

local food culture;

community food system education;

Build on existing farmer-supported agricultural awareness events such as “Farm Hike by Bike” (Earthwise) or “A Day at the Farm”, Delta Farm Tours, and “Meet Your Maker” events, work with local tourism/hospitality industry to initiate ‘taste of Delta’ food promotions at Delta restaurants and hotels, and other opportunities for the public to experience local food and agriculture 5.4.1
education; community food system education; Develop a multi-partner communications plan to engage farm groups e.g. by creating contact lists of farmers and farmers organizations
willing to educate the public, distributing a “Champions of Farming” speakers list to the Rotary Club, Delta Chamber of Commerce and other groups, encouraging presentations on agricultural issues and to engage the public, (e.g., agricultural awareness events, newspaper coverage, crop information, and farm field identification.
5.4.1

urban agriculture;

education;

community food system education;

urban gardens/orchard;

Support and expand opportunities for community gardens/urban agriculture demonstrations to promote agricultural awareness, through additional funding , supportive bylaws and provision of land 5.4.1
economic development; research and data collection; Encourage reports and research that show what the returns to farmers are on agricultural products, where the food dollar goes in the food chain, and the cost of food in relation to other staples in the community 5.4.1

education;

urban-agriculture conflict and edge planning;

signage in agricultural areas;

farm traffic;

Review and expand signage to identify agricultural areas, what is grown in those areas, and indicate respect for farm traffic. 5.4.1
wildlife, environmental and pest management;

wildlife and ecosystem management;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

Engage with the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust (DFWT) to promote initiatives to foster public awareness of how farmland sustains wildlife and habitat and to build support for more equitable sharing of the costs of providing ecological goods and services. 5.4.2

wildlife, environmental and pest management;

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

wildlife nad ecosystem management;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

Lobby senior governments for programs to compensate farmers for wildlife crop damage, through participation in federal –provincial waterfowl damage compensation programs. 5.4.2

development and productive use of agricultural land;

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;;

wildlife and ecosystem management;

partnerships and advocacy;

Lobby the ALC, provincial ministries, BC EAO and CEAA to develop a better framework for addressing loss of land base due to public infrastructure works, transportation projects, land claims, wildlife and fisheries policy, incorporating compensation and mitigation to offset the negative impact on agriculture. 5.4.2
wildlife, environmental and pest management;

research and data collection;

wildlife and ecosystem management; 

Support research into integrated farm-level strategies to mitigate the potential for damages from waterfowl.  5.4.2

wildlife, environmental and pest management;

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;;

wildlife and ecosystem management;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

Advocate with Metro Vancouver to establish a program to compensate farmers for ecological goods and services that agricultural land provides (e.g. creating a regional levy) 5.4.2

wildlife, environmental and pest management;

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

wildlife and ecosystem management;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

Work with environmental agencies to develop effective ways of managing agriculturally sustainable wildlife populations 5.4.2
economic development; local food culture; 

Work with Metro Vancouver and other lower Mainland municipalities to investigate the feasibility of regional branding for agricultural products, developing a “buy regional” policy for local governments, and engaging businesses, schools, government agencies, and institutions to participate.

5.4.3
 

climate change and greenhouse gases;

research and development ;

crops;

Pursue opportunities to re-instate on-farm field trials function, specifically in relation to crops grown in Delta and responses to cope with impending climate change 5.4.3
economic development;

tax mechanisms;

climate change and greenhouse gases;

Explore on-farm carbon tax and sequestration responses that would provide economic benefits to farming. 5.4.3

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

Sub-topics: agri-tourism, ALR, ALR subdivision, BC environmental farm plan, community food system education, emergency preparedness, farm retail/farm gate sales, farm worker accommodation, farmers' markets, food processing, irrigation and drainage, local food culture, new entrants to farming, nuisance complaints, recreational use of agricultural land, research and data collection, residential development, urban containment/growth boundary, water restrictions and conservation, wildlife and ecosystem management, zoning

Region: Fraser Valley | Document Type: Agriculture Area Plan/Strategy | Year: 2012

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economic development; research and data collection; The City of Chilliwack supports the efforts of the Chilliwack Agricultural Commission and the University of the Fraser Valley to create a centre for excellence and innovation in agriculture at the Chilliwack campus 4.5.1.1
education; edconomic development and agri-tourism; research and data collection; The City of Chilliwack supports the Chilliwack Agricultural Commission promoting the progressive components of the agricultural industry in Chilliwack through various ways such as:
• Emphasizing technical agricultural careers in area education institutions
• Focusing on the importance of research and technology
• Promoting the science and technology aspects of the industry.
4.5.2.1
water management; water restrictions and conservation; The City of Chilliwack encourages water conservation for all citizens including agricultural users. 4.6.1.1
water management; water restrictions and conservation;  The City of Chilliwack, when addressing possible water shortages or other water concerns for agriculture, consults with industry stakeholders and looks at economically sustainable solutions to long term needs. 4.6.1.3
water management; research and data collection; The City of Chilliwack encourages research efforts involving the agricultural industry and other stakeholders to assess the impact of using lower quality water on local farm operations. 4.6.1.4
development and productive use of agricultural land;   The City of Chilliwack supports the protection and enhancement of designated agricultural land for agricultural purposes. 4.6.2.1
development and productive use of agricultural land; urban containment/growth boundary; The City of Chilliwack supports the following:
• A focus on densification of existing urban areas that supports building up, not out, to prevent urban sprawl, and redevelopment of central downtown areas through multi-family housing
• Ongoing work with the Agricultural Land Commission to establish a rational Urban Containment Boundary
• Farmer best management practices, good husbandry of animals and good stewardship of land
4.6.2.2
development and productive use of agricultural land;   The City of Chilliwack encourages existing non-permitted uses on land in the Agricultural Land Reserve be transitioned back into acceptable agricultural uses. 4.6.3.1
development and productive use of agricultural land; farm worker accommodation; The City of Chilliwack supports non-permanent housing in cases of demonstrated need for seasonal worker housing on agricultural land.  4.6.3.2
development and productive use of agricultural land; residential development; The City of Chilliwack supports the BC Ministry of Agriculture and the Agricultural Land Commission with efforts being made to minimize the impact of residences and other buildings on agricultural land. 4.6.4.1

economic development;

food processing, storage and distribution;

food processing; The City of Chilliwack through the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation and the Chilliwack Agricultural Commission supports attracting food processors to encourage economic development in the City. 4.6.5.1
food production;

zoning;

ALR subdivision;

ALR;

 The City of Chilliwack supports agricultural production from all parcels zoned for agriculture including parcels of 10 acres or less. 4.6.6.1
food sales, access and procurement;

farm retail/farm gate sales;

farmers' markets;

The City of Chilliwack supports the efforts of local farmers in making their products available for local purchase from the farm gate, through farmers’ markets, or in cooperation with other local retailers. 4.6.6.2
food sales, access and procurement; farmers' markets; The City of Chilliwack encourages the establishment of appropriate farmers’ markets in Chilliwack. 4.6.6.3
economic development; agri-tourism; The City of Chilliwack supports the efforts of local farmers to increase agri-tourism activities that are consistent with those approved by the Agricultural Land Commission. 4.6.6.4
education;  new entrants to farming; The City of Chilliwack supports all efforts to encourage young people to enter farming, through the work of the Chilliwack Agricultural Commission, the University of the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack School District 33, and the farm community. 4.6.7.1
first nations and indigenous food systems;   The City of Chilliwack supports working collaboratively with First Nations to share agricultural best practices and to encourage agricultural production on First Nations’ land located in the Chilliwack area. 4.6.8.1
urban-agriculture conflict and edge planning; nuisance complaints; The City of Chilliwack supports notifying citizens living adjacent to, or in close proximity to, active farm operations about normal farm practices that are protected from bylaw enforcement or private nuisance suits by the Farm Practices Protection Act. 3. The City of Chilliwack encourages area realtors to ensure purchasers of properties adjacent to, or in close proximity to, active farm operations are aware of normal farm practices protected from bylaw enforcement or private nuisance suits by the Farm Practices Protection Act. 4.7.2.2
urban-agriculture conflict and edge planning; nuisance complaints; The City of Chilliwack encourages area realtors to ensure purchasers of properties adjacent to, or in close proximity to, active farm operations are aware of normal farm practices protected from bylaw enforcement or private nuisance suits by the Farm Practices Protection Act.  4.7.2.3
education;

community food system education;

local food culture;

The City of Chilliwack supports the annual tour of agriculture in Chilliwack organized by the Chilliwack Agricultural Commission and designed for Councillors, press members, students and educators, and others to promote the activities of area farms and other efforts of the Commission to improve agricultural awareness and understanding. 4.7.2.5
urban-agriculture conflict and edge planning; nuisance complaints; The City of Chilliwack encourages the agricultural industry, with leadership from the Chilliwack Agricultural Commission, to prepare and promote a “good neighbour” policy to deal with issues of conflict in the spirit of being good neighbours....( The guidelines may:Farmers will be encouraged to,
• Get to know their neighbours and share information about their farm practices
• Support neighbourhood practices that enhance quality of life
• Protect the area environment with sensitive farm practices
• Reduce dust and odour where reasonable to do so
• Consider visual screening or hedging where practical
• Pull over to allow other traffic to pass when travelling city roads with large farm equipment and tractors
• Make efforts when moving farm equipment to take routes that avoid winding, or busy, roads
• Make efforts to limit mud and other debris on city roadways
• Maintain clean and tidy farm sites. Neighbours will be encouraged to,
• Understand and appreciate “normal farm practices” and other best practices on farms
• Support farmers’ need to operate their farms in a sustainable manner
• Appreciate the contributions of area farms to local food supplies and food security
• Eliminate unauthorized trespass on area farms
• Report all incidences of dumping of yard waste on area farms
• Report observed incidences of vandalism and theft from farms and farm outlets
• Share the roads with farm equipment and other vehicles accessing area farms.)
4.7.3.1
economic development;   The City of Chilliwack supports the agricultural industry as an important economic contributor to the Chilliwack economy. 4.7.4.1
urban - agriculture conflict and edge planning;   The City of Chilliwack, in situations where development may impact farm operations or farming operations may affect other residents in any way, supports appropriate edge planning as a way to protect both farmers and other citizens. 4.7.6.1
education; recreational use of agricultural land; The City of Chilliwack supports the development of walking and cycling trails adjacent to, or part of, agricultural land where farmers’ affected have been consulted and agree to the use and where the walking and cycling trails may contribute to agricultural awareness and understanding. 4.7.6.2
wildlife, environmental and pest management; wildlife and ecosystem management; The City of Chilliwack supports the guidelines for building setbacks from watercourses prepared by the BC Ministry of Agriculture. 4.8.1.1
water management; irrigation and drainage; The City of Chilliwack works closely with the farm community to monitor open watercourse drainage and maintenance in order to address farmer requirements. 4.8.2.1

water management;

wildlife, environmental and pest management;

irrigation and drainage;

wildlife and ecosystem management;

The City of Chilliwack supports existing open watercourse drainage and maintenance activities that recognize fish salvaging and protection of fish habitat. 4.8.2.2
wildlife, environmental and pest management; wildlife and ecosystem management; The City of Chilliwack supports progressive farmers who may wish to establish an appropriate buffer zone along watercourses to reduce the amount of run-off into drainage ditches.  4.8.2.3
  emergency preparedness; 2. The City of Chilliwack supports emergency planning activities at the City and Provincial levels to address flooding issues and concerns and to arrange for the evacuation of livestock if required. 4.8.3.2
education; wildlife and ecosystem management;  The City of Chilliwack supports the efforts of the Chilliwack Agricultural Commission and the University of the Fraser Valley to provide seminars on nutrient management and planning for area farmers. 4.8.4.3

wildlife, environmental and pest management;

 

wildlife and ecosystem management;

BC environmental farm plan;

livestock;

The City of Chilliwack supports all livestock farmers in Chilliwack having a nutrient management plan in place to identify farm wastes and how they are disposed. This plan may be developed as part of the Environmental Farm Plan Program offered through the BC Agriculture Council and funded through the Growing Forward agreement between the province and Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada.
4.8.4.4
wildlife, environmental and pest management; wildlife and ecosystem management; The City of Chilliwack supports all efforts of the Chilliwack Agricultural Commission to promote innovative ways to mitigate damage to wildlife habitat from farming practices.  4.8.6.2
wildlife, environmental and pest management; BC environmental farm plan; The City of Chilliwack supports the Environmental Farm Plan Program and encourages all area farmers to participate in the program. 4.8.7.1

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, Waste Management, Water Management, Wildlife/Environmental/Pest Management

Sub-topics: water rate for agriculture, zoning, ALR, tax mechanisms, new entrants to farming, agricultural industry services, climate change and greenhouse gases, agri-tourism, agricultural impact assessment, gravel extraction, leasing of land for agriculture, waste to energy, composting, 'benefit to agriculture' language, roads in agricultural land, farm traffic, wildlife and ecosystem management, BC environmental farm plan, partnerships/advocacy/liaising, community food system education, signage in agricultural areas, irrigation and drainage, research and data collection, siting and coverage, farmers' markets, farm worker accommodation, residential development, urban gardens/orchard

Region: Fraser Valley | Document Type: Agriculture Area Plan/Strategy | Year: 2011

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water management;

water rate for agriculture;

ALR;

Decouple rural servicing rates to non-agricultural farmland uses in the ALR from
preferential rates in support of agriculture
5.1 ( c)
  zoning; tax mechanisms; Develop a more contemporary definition of agriculture, with taxation implications, to
support market opportunities in the peri-urban region
5.1 (d)
education; new entrants to farming;  Pursue initiatives to train young people and attract new entrants into agriculture 5.1 (g)

food processing, storage and distribution;

development and productive use of agricultural land;

agricultural industry services;

ALR;

Facilitate ancillary developments on agricultural lands in the ALR 5.1 (h)
waste management; education;

climate change and greenhouse gases;

research and data collection;

Pursue research into processes and technology innovations that address agricultural issues including: management of agricultural by-products, energy production, agricultural responses to climate change, agronomic impacts of gravel extraction, eco-industrial technologies and solutions, agriculture-related problems and science based solutions 5.1 (i)
economic development; research and data collection; Utilize the City’s Agricultural Trust fund to further agricultural investment, research and innovation 5.1 (j)

Food sales, access and procurement;

economic development;

farmers' markets;

agri-tourism;

Pursue strategies to promote the local food system, such as the development of a permanent Farmers Market and other marketing facilities, and integrating agro-tourism into the City’s tourism theme 5.1 (k)
 

farm worker accommodation;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;

Work with industry and government agencies to support the employment of seasonal and foreign agricultural workers, with respect to working conditions, accommodations, cultural services and accessibility to workers. 5.1 (l)
 

agricultural impact assessment;

gravel extraction; 

Require agricultural impact assessments and reclamation plans for gravel extraction
projects, to be submitted to the City prior to extraction
5.2 (b)
land access; leasing of land for agriculture; Support the leasing of farmland (including the existing MLS system) with additional
mechanisms (agreement templates, websites and incentives) that identify potential
landlords and tenants.
5.2 (c )
development and productive use of agricultural land;

roads in agriclutural land;

siting and coverage;

Consider ways of reducing wasteful use of agricultural land for excessive building footprints, access roads, and inappropriate siting 5.2 (f)
development and productive use of agricultural land;

tax mechanisms;

residential development;

nvestigate creating a tax classification to tax rural residential at urban residential rates 5.2 (g)
development and productive use of agricultural land; residential development;  Consider ways of tightening rural residential eligibility for farm classification. 5.2 (h)
waste management; agricultural industry services; Consider centralized sites for pursuing industry solutions and enabling farm and
processing (organic and non-organic) wastes to be handled together
5.3 (a)
waste management; waste to energy; Explore synergies between waste management and energy production 5.3 (b)
waste management;

composting;

'net benefit to agriculture' language;

waste to energy;

Support cost efficient waste management solutions (such as anaerobic digestion,
gasification, composting, recycling, etc.), provided these solutions offer a net benefit to
agriculture and do not negatively impact the environment.
5.3 (c )
waste management;  research and data collection; Encourage and attract research and investigation into eco-industrial technologies and
solutions. 
5.3 (d)
  agricultural industry services; Continue to attract agri-industrial investment to industrial-business lands 5.4 (a)
development and productive use of agricultural land; agricultural industry services; In consultation with the ALC, investigate the feasibility of developing agri-industrial uses
in the ALR in relation to farms, servicing and transportation infrastructure, and City-led
agri-industrial investment policies and initiatives
5.4 (c )
economic development; research and data collection; Explore opportunities to attract agri-industrial research, technology, expertise, and
funding into the City
5.4 (d)
  agricultural industry services; Pursue the development of an agri-food technology cluster in the City directly connected
to the agricultural production base. 
5.4 (g)
water management; irrigation and drainage;  Encourage farmers to develop irrigation plans to quantify water needs and assist the City
in water supply planning
5.5 (a)

urban-agriculture conflict and edge planning;

development and productive use of agricultural land;

road in agricultural land; farm traffic;

ALR;

Plan transportation corridors in the ALR to facilitate access to farmland, minimize
disruptions to farming operations and reducing vehicle conflicts
5.5 (b)
  irrigation and drainage; Investigate providing infrastructure bundles (water, sewer, electrical, hook-up to the grid)
to areas suited/targeted for certain types of agriculture
5.5 (c)
water management; irrigation and drainage; Improve the ability of drainage systems to eliminate flooding of agricultural lands from
upland storm water runoff. 
5.5 (g)
wildlife/environmental/pest management;

wildlife and ecosystem management;

BC environmental farm plan;

Promote and support completion of environmental farm plans and use of Beneficial
Management Practices (BMPs) to improve agricultural operations and provide
environmental benefits
5.6 (a)

water management;

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

irrigation and drainage;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;;

 Continue to promote farmer’s interests with agencies regulating maintenance of
drainage, irrigation and flood control systems
5.6 (b)
policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;;

Designate City staff positions to strengthen understandings and relationships between
farmers and government (economic development officer for agriculture, agricultural
liaisons)
5.6 (c)

water management;

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;;

Involve the City in reviews and processes dealing with agency regulations affecting
agriculture and in developing more ‘agriculture-friendly’ protocols for ditch and drainage
maintenance
5.6 (d)
education; partnerships/advocacy/liaising; Raise awareness of farmers on the requirements of senior legislation (e.g., provide
presentations to DDI and ASCA AGMs, prepare brochures, etc.)
5.6 (e)
water management; irrigation and drainage; Develop agriculture-friendly scheduling processes to minimize impacts on agriculture
and facilitate City access onto private land for the purposes of ditch and drainage
maintenance
5.6 (f)

policy partnerships,

advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;; Create an agricultural variance committee to deal with special circumstances where the City of Abbotsford has jurisdiction 5.6 (g)
education; community food system education; Enhance agriculture education at schools 5.7 (a)

urban agriculture;

education;

urban gardens/orchard;

community food systems education;

Support community gardens and/or urban agriculture demonstration projects and programs that promote agricultural awareness among City residents 5.7 (b)
education; community food systems education; Improve local business awareness of agriculture 5.7 (c)

education;

economic development;

signage in agricultural areas;

community food systems education;

agri-tourism;

Create signage that identifies agricultural sub-areas or “neighbourhoods” within the City,
what is grown there, among other things, provides directional signage for agri-tourism,
and directs motorists to respect farm traffic
5.7 (d)

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Economic Development, First Nations and Indigenous Food Systems, Food Production, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Land Access, Policy Partnerships, Advocacy & Development, Urban Agriculture, Waste Management

Sub-topics: ALR, edible landscaping, food recovery/gleaning/donation, hunting/fishing/gathering, local food culture, local procurement, partnerships/advocacy/liaising, research and data collection, residential development, tax mechanisms, urban farm, urban gardens/orchard

Region: Kitimat-Stikine | Document Type: Official Community Plan | Year: 2011

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First Nations and indigenous food systems;

land access;

research and data collection;

hunting/ fishing /gathering;

Maintain access to natural and traditional food on lands where sources of these foods have been identified, consider undertaking an inventory of city lands to better identify these resources. pg 11  
development and productive use of agricultural land; ALR; Maintain arable lands within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). pg 11  
urban agriculture; urban gardens/orchard; Support the existing community garden areas and the development of new community gardens in all areas of the community where suitable.  pg 12 *

food production;

development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR;  Explore options to maintain and expand high quality agricultural land for food production and farming pg 11  
urban agriculture; urban gardens/orchard; Explore unique opportunities to develop community gardens in public spaces, right-of ways and utility corridors.  pg 12  
urban agriculture; urban gardens/orchard; Expand areas in Terrace where urban agricultural activities are permitted through a review of current bylaws and regulations. pg 12 *
urban agriculture; edible landscaping; Consider edible landscaping for City property. pg 12  
urban agriculture;

urban gardens/orchard;

residential development;

Provide support for residential food production efforts, including greenhouse operations, rooftop gardens and backyard gardens. pg 12  
urban agriculture;

urban gardens/orchard;

residential development;

Consider establishing food production or communal garden space requirements for all new medium and high density residential developments. pg 12  
economic development; tax mechanisms; Promote farming as a viable pursuit locally through efforts such as incentive programs or tax breaks. pg 12  
urban agriculture; urban farm; Encourage small scale commercial food production where zoning permits.  pg 12  
waste management; food recovery/gleaning/donation; Support food recovery programs to ensure fresh local products are available to all. pg 12  
food sales, access and procurement; local procurement; Encourage local business, agencies and institutions to adopt local food buying policies.  pg 12  
education; community food system education; Promote awareness offood security issues and support educational opportunities to residents on gardening, composting, food processing, storage and preparation. pg 12 *

education;

community food system education;

Support and coordinate the development of food-related educational and cultural events. pg 12  

education;

first nations and indigenous food systems;

hunting/ fishing /gathering;

Work corroboratively to promote education on traditional local and wild foods and opportunities for fishing, hunting and harvesting. pg 12 *

food sales, access and procurement;

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

partnerships/advocacy/liaising;  Encourage partnerships between community groups, other levels of government and health authorities to support access to healthy food for all pg 12  
food sales, access and procurement; local procurement; Aim to include 25% of locally grown food (as available in season) at municipal events.  pg 12 *
economic development local food culture; Support innovative farming and local marketing techniques to help improve the economic viability of food production in the community pg 12  

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Land Access, Urban - Agriculture Conflict & Edge Planning, Water Management

Sub-topics: agricultural impact assessment, ALR, ALR subdivision, buffer at agricultural edge, covenants, farm worker accommodation, irrigation and drainage, leasing of land for agriculture, recreational use of agricultural land, residential development, roads in agricultural land, stormwater management, urban containment/growth boundary, water restrictions and conservation

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Official Community Plan | Year: 2007

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development and productive use of agricultural land; urban containment/growth boundary; The City is introducing the concept of an Urban Containment Boundary in this OCP.  For years, Pitt Meadows has effectively managed development growth through its commitment to farmland and the Agricultural Land Reserve and by way of its natural features (i.e. floodplain), which curtails development in most of the City.  An Urban Containment Boundary will more clearly identify those areas to be preserved as rural and those areas to be developed.  The Urban Containment Boundary is a conceptual line which generally coincides with the Agricultural Land Reserve and with Metro Vancouver’s Green Zone.  It is the intention of the City to consider development proposals in those areas where the Urban Containment Boundary does not coincide with one or both of these designations. section 1  
development and productive use of agricultural land;

recreational use of agricultural land;

Policies
f) With the exception of the operations lawfully in existence as of the date of adoption of this Plan, any development of new golf course facilities, driving ranges and other commercial recreation uses are not supported on agricultural lands.

4.2.1 (f) *

development and productive use of agricultural land;

land access;

leasing of land for agriculture; a) The City supports the retention of large land holdings, the consolidation of small parcels of land and the creation of long-term land leases to enable investment to occur within agricultural areas as part of helping to maintain and establish economically viable farm units;  4.2.2 (a) *
development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR subdivision;

ALR;

b) Fracturing or subdivision of agricultural parcels is not supported. However, the City may consider severance of a home-site parcel where the applicant has continuously owned and lived on the property prior to and since December 21,  1972, no previous subdivision of the property has occurred, and the minimum lot requirements of the City’s Zoning Bylaw are met 4.2.2 (b) *
development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR;

residential development;

Policies
a) Zoning regulations for residential dwellings on agricultural land that establish a building placement envelope at set distances from front and side lot lines and create building height restrictions will be considered. The City will also consider restricting the size of dwelling units. 
4.2.3 (a)  
development and productive use of agricultural land;

farm worker accommodation;

residential development;

b) All seasonal farm labour housing must conform to health and fire code regulations and not create housing opportunities for non-farm workers 4.2.3 (b) *

development and productive use of agricultural land;

urban-agriculture conflict/edge planning;

agricultural impact assessment; Policies
a) An agricultural impact assessment prepared by a professional agrologist is required by the City quantifying the impacts of any proposed development that may affect agricultural activity, such as a non-farm use on farmland or rezoning or subdivision on lands adjacent to farmlands; 
4.2.4 (a) *
urban-agriculture conflict/edge planning;

buffer at agricultural edge;

covenants;

b) In support of Provincial Right to Farm legislation, agricultural lands shall be buffered from urban uses that could have negative impacts on farm activities.  Developers of land close  to agricultural areas shall provide appropriate building setbacks and landscape buffering using the current standards of the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission and the City and shall also place restrictive covenants on title that outline the potential disruptions encountered when living or working close to agricultural areas (e.g. noise, odours, crop spraying, slow moving traffic); 4.2.4 (b) *
development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR;

residential development;

a) Residential development on agricultural lands for non-agricultural purposes is not encouraged by the City;  4.6.5 (a)  

development and productive use of agricultural land;

urban-agriculture conflict/edge planning;

zoning;

residential development;

Policies
b) Rural Residential lands as indicated on Schedule 3B are lands which are not within the Agricultural Land Reserve.  In order to ensure compatibility with surrounding farmland, residential density on rural lands shall not exceed a maximum of one lot per net hectare. No extension of the public sanitary sewage collection system will be  considered by the City for rural residential housing;
4.6.5 (b) *
urban-agriculture conflict/edge planning;

roads in agricultural land;

farm traffic;

Conflicts between farm and non-farm traffic in agricultural areas will be reduced by directing non-farm traffic away from rural roads that serve farm traffic when designing new arterial or collector roads; 4.9.1.4 (j) *
water management;

water restrictions and conservation;

irrigation and drainage;

b) The use of potable water for irrigation and agri-industrial uses is discouraged where other sources of water are available; 4.10.2 (b)  
water management; irrigation and drainage; c) The City will work with the agricultural community to develop a plan, including an appropriate funding model, to provide adequate irrigation water from the Pitt and Alouette Rivers. 4.10.2 (c)  
water management; stormwater management; a) The City will limit the extent  of urban run-off by requiring each development application to adhere to  the requirements outlined in the Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw. In addition, the City will consider using similar limits on storm water run-off for large, intensive impervious agricultural projects 4.10.4 (a)  
development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR;

ALR subdivision;

Agricultural – 8 Hectare (20 Acre) Minimum Parcel Size Land reserved for farming and agri-industrial uses that serve and support agriculture. The vast majority of the land is in the Agricultural Land Reserve and is governed by the Agricultural  Land Commission Act and Regulations. The intention of the designation is to provide a stable, long term land base for agriculture limited only by the Farm Practices Protection Act and the Agricultural Land Commission Act. The minimum parcel size is governed by the Agricultural Land Commission, but with the exception of subdivision for a Homesite Severance, shall be not less than 8 hectares.Agricultural – 16 Hectare (40 Acre) Minimum Parcel Size Section 5 *
development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR;

ALR subdivision;

Agricultural – 16 Hectare (40 Acre) Minimum Parcel Size Land reserved for farming and agri-industrial uses that serve and support agriculture. The vast majority of the land is in the Agricultural Land Reserve and is governed by the Agricultural Land Commission Act and Regulations.The intention of the designation is to provide a stable, long term land base for agriculture limited only by the Farm Practices Protection Act and the Agricultural Land Commission Act. The minimum parcel size is governed by the Agricultural Land Commission, but with the exception of subdivision for a Homesite Severance, shall be not less than 16 hectares.  Section 5 *