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Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Economic Development, Food Production, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Nutrition and Public Health, Waste Management, Water Management, Wildlife/Environmental/Pest Management

Sub-topics: farmers' markets, local food culture, pesticide and pest management, urban gardens/orchard

Document Type: Visioning Document | Year: 2014

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Topic Subtopic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location

food production;

food sales, access and procurement;

local food culture; Support more opportunities for growing, buying (and selling) locally produced food pg27
food sales, access and procurement; local food culture; Increase local dining options pg27

development and productive use of agricultural land;

food sales, access and procurement;

  Protect farmland for food production pg27
food sales, access and procurement;

urban gardens/orchard;

farmers' markets;

Lacombe residents have access to locally grown food year-round through farmers’ markets, communal gardens and local farming practices.  pg27

food sales, access and procurement;

nutrition and public health;

  Quality, healthy food is affordable and accessible to everyone in the community. pg27
food sales, access and procurement;   A variety of restaurants provide diverse dining options pg27

development and productive use of agricultural land;

economic development;

  Farmland is protected for food production, and support for farming ensures a viable agricultural economy pg27

food production;

wildlife/environmental/pest management;

  Lacombe supports and promotes organic farming and is a significant source of food knowledge. pg27

food production;

wildlife/environmental/pest management;

water management;

waste management;

pesticide and pest management; Farming is transitioning toward sustainable and pesticide-free practices, utilizes available water efficiently, and all farming and food waste is used as a resource. pg27

 

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: livestock, pilot project, urban chickens

Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: 2016

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Bylaw outlining regulations for the keeping of urban hens as part a year-long pilot project (July 2016 to July 2017). 

 

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

Sub-topics: edible landscaping, food distribution, research and data collection, urban farm, urban gardens/orchard

Document Type: Municipal Development Plan | Year: 2015

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Topic Subtopic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
development and productive use of agricultural land;  


Discourage fragmented development-
The City shall promote an orderly progression and staging of development in order to prevent premature development of agricultural land and to minimize land use conflicts with existing agricultural operations. The extension of city development shall only occur if an approved Outline Plan or Area Redevelopment or Structure Plan is in place which allows for connections to services immediately adjacent to the lands proposed for development. This should ensure that an orderly plan for development has been considered and limit the ability to develop land not adjacent to the existing built up urban area.

GDP 4.4
urban-agricultural conflict & edge planning;   Appropriate agricultural operations-
The City shall support agricultural operations which are compatible with urban settlement within and adjacent to the city boundary. As such, uses such as intensive agriculture, which are considered incompatible with urban settlement, shall be prohibited within the city, and are not supported adjacent to the City’s boundaries. The City shall support ‘right to farm’ legislation by applying requirements within the Province of Alberta’s Agricultural Operations Practices Act (AOPA), RSA 2000, c A-7 (as amended) and any other relevant legislation.
GDP 4.10

development and productive use of agricultural land;

urban-agricultural conflict & edge planning;

education;

research and data collection; Agricultural research station-
The City acknowledges the significant role that the agricultural research station plays within the local, agricultural and research community (see Map 6: Intermunicipal). The City shall work to ensure that potential conflicts with neighbouring land uses are minimized and avoided so that the use and value of the station grounds for research purposes is maintained. The City shall avoid land use decisions that would jeopardize the future development of these lands for research purposes. Urban development of the lands associated with the agricultural research station apart from infrastructure servicing as required by the City, is not encouraged.
AG 8.1, pg8

food production;

urban agriculture;

urban-agricultural conflict & edge planning;

edible landscaping;

Local food production-
he City shall explore opportunities to encourage developments which promote local food production within its borders on both a larger and smaller scale, and on private and public lands. Local food production developments shall be compatible with urban land uses and shall not impact future development of the lands.

AG 8.2, pg8

food processing, storage & distribution;

food sales, access and procurement;

food distribution; Local food distribution-
The City shall promote local food distribution through a variety of methods, including supporting food delivery and distribution services and markets. Appropriate locations for these uses shall be identified in a comprehensive strategy to the satisfaction of the City, and shall be located in places people gather without jeopardizing safety.
AG 8.3, pg8
urban agriculture;

urban gardens/orchards;

edible landscaping;

Municipal reserve landscaping and development-
When a developer is preparing an Outline Plan, the City shall work with the developer to identify the types of Municipal Reserve spaces to be delivered, and the infrastructure needed to ensure the lands are operational. As per the negotiated development agreement, Municipal Reserve parcels shall be landscaped and developed to the City’s satisfaction in accordance with guidelines and specifications established by the City. These guidelines and specifications should iv. provide for edible fruit trees and community garden spaces, where applicable, to encourage urban agriculture opportunities across the City;
CER9.6 iv.

 

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: beekeeping/apiculture, livestock

Document Type: Statute | Year: Consolidated 2012

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Regulation pertaining to how bees are kept and managed in the province of Alberta

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: beekeeping/apiculture, livestock

Document Type: Statute | Year: Consolidated 2010

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Act pertaining to how bees are kept and managed in the province of Alberta

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Policy Partnerships, Advocacy & Development, Urban - Agriculture Conflict & Edge Planning

Sub-topics: zoning

Document Type: Municipal Development Plan | Year: 2016

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Topic Subtopic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location

development and productive use of agricultural land;

policy partnerships advocacy & development;

urban-agricultural conflict & edge planning;

zoning; 3.3.5.2 Agricultural Operations Under Section 632(3)f of the MGA, the MDP is required to contain policies respecting the protection of agricultural operations. 3.3.5.2.1 The City should contribute to the protection of any existing agricultural operations by maintaining appropriate definitions and land use designations in the Land Use Bylaw. 3.3.5.2.2 The City should promote orderly and efficient urban expansion to prevent premature subdivision and fragmentation of agricultural land during development and future growth planning.

3.3.5.2.1;

3.3.5.2.2

 

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land

Sub-topics:

Document Type: Municipal Development Plan | Year: 2011

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Topic Subtopic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
development and productive use of agricultural land;   The City shall protect existing agricultural operations and prevent the premature fragmentation of agricultural lands within its boundaries. Any proposal for subdivision or land use change on agricultural land shall be reviewed in the context of approved municipal plans. 7.2

 

Topic: Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: institutional development, urban gardens/orchard

Document Type: Zoning Bylaw | Year: 2017

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Topic Subtopic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
urban agriculture;

community gardens/orchards;

institutional development;

Permitted Uses for Institutional, parks, and airport district include community gardens 17.1.2

 

Topic: Waste Management

Sub-topics: composting

Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: 2016

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Topic Subtopic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
waste management; compost; Regulation of Composting - Prohibitions 25. (1) No owner or occupier of a Premises shall place or allow to be placed cat feces, dog feces, animal parts or animal meat on a Composting pile or in a Composting container on the Premises. (2) No owner or occupier of a Premises shall allow an Open Composting Pile on the Premises within ten (10) metres of an adjacent dwelling house, measured from the nearest part of the Open Composting Pile to the nearest part of the adjacent dwelling house. (3) Every owner or occupier who allows a Composting container or Composting pile to remain on a Premises must ensure that it is maintained in such a manner that it does not become a nuisance by: (a) creating offensive odours; or (b) attracting pests 25

 

Topic: Education, Food Processing, Storage & Distribution, Food Production, Urban Agriculture, Waste Management, Water Management

Sub-topics: community food system education, composting, food distribution, stormwater management, urban gardens/orchard

Document Type: Municipal Development Plan | Year: 2009

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Topic Subtopic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location

urban agriculture;

urban gardens/orchard; Parks, open spaces and outdoor recreation h. Ensure sufficient community open space provision in Inner City and Established Areas by maintaining a minimum of 2.0 hectares of open space per 1,000 residents. Calculations should be applied to logical community clusters where parks and recreation amenities are accessible and shared between communities. Community open space includes areas dedicated for schools; community centres; playfields; outdoor performance spaces; community gardens; and habitat areas that offer public amenity. 2.3.4 h

urban agriculture;

food production;

urban gardens/orchard; Complete communities Objective: Foster distinctive, complete communities with a strong sense of place. Communities should be planned according to the following criteria for complete communities and provide spaces for community gardens and local food production 2.2.4 b (vii)
food processing, storage & distribution; food distribution; Goods movement Objective: To recognize the important economic role of goods movement by providing a safe, efficient and connective goods movement network that supports the Calgary International Airport, the Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) intermodal facilities, transportation and distribution districts and goods movement routes, while also minimizing impacts on surrounding communities 3.4

food production;

 

Future Greenfield Area Future Greenfield Areas are those large land areas in the city identified for future urban development that do not have an approved ASP in place. Planning for these areas should identify Activity Centres and/or Corridors that provide for a variety of housing types, opportunities for daily needs within walking distance to residential communities, and centres for transit access. Supporting the land use pattern is a street network that connects residents, jobs and commercial services through direct automobile, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian routes. The overall community design should integrate natural area protection within the open space and green infrastructure systems. Land use policies a. Future Greenfield Areas should: iv. Allow for local food production. 3.6.2 a (iv)

water management;

urban agriculture;

education;

waste management;

composting;

stormwater management;

community food system education;

Green infrastructure Objective: Connect green infrastructure throughout the urban fabric b. Identify and protect strategic parcels, blocks, and corridors that increase ecosystem connectivity, provide opportunities for source control of stormwater infiltration, promote food production and composting, and encourage play and learning. 2.6.1 b

urban agriculture;

water management;

stormwater management;

urban gardens/orchard;

Alternative Use Open Space Alternative Use Open Space (AUOS) consists of land acquired by The City, through dedication or otherwise, for purposes other than those of Recreational and Environmental Open Space such as plazas, utility corridors, urban agriculture, community gardens and stormwater management facilities. AUOS is planned to be functionally connected with the broader open space network and meet the objectives of MDP sections 2.3.4 (“Parks, open spaces and outdoor recreation”) and 2.6.1 (“Green infrastructure”), and is directed by the policies therein. 1. Planning for Acquired Alternative Use Open Space a. Lands should be functionally connected to other open space via green infrastructure. b. Lands should be used, in part, to establish buffers to help maintain the ecological function of protected EOS. c. Lands should be planned and designed to support stormwater management, while not negatively affecting public use of the area. d. Impervious surfaces and compacted soils should be minimized to allow stormwater to soak into the ground and replenish ground water supplies. volume 2: section 3.4.3 (pg 36)