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Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

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Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Economic Development, Food Processing, Storage & Distribution, Food Production, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Waste Management

Sub-topics: agri-tourism, ALR, composting, farm retail/farm gate sales, farm worker accommodation, food processing, livestock, residential development, zoning

Region: Fraser Valley | Document Type: Zoning Bylaw | Year: consolidated 2014

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
development and productive use of agricultural land; siting and coverage; See document for siting and coverage regulations in Agricultural Zones. 210.3-210.4
development and productive use of agricultural land;

residential development;

ALR;

An Accessory Family Residential Use:

a. shall only be permitted on a lot with a minimum lot area of 3.8 ha;

b. shall only be permitted on lots in the Agricultural Land Reserve;

c. shall be located on a lot that is classified as “farm” under the B.C. Assessment Act;

d. shall be limited to one dwelling unit for such use per farm operation, provided the total number of dwelling units, excluding Accessory Seasonal Employee Residential Use Buildings, will not exceed two dwelling units per farm operation;

e. on a farm operation consisting of one lot, may be located on the same lot as a Single Detached Dwelling;

f. on a farm operation consisting of two or more lots, at least one of which is unoccupied and all of which are owned by the owner of the farm operation and managed as a farm operation, may be located on the same lot as a Single Detached Dwelling, subject to prior registration of a restrictive covenant in favour of the City against the titles of the unoccupied lot or lots and of the lot containing the two dwelling units agreeing that no dwelling unit shall be constructed on the unoccupied lot or lots while more than one dwelling unit remains on the other lot;

g. where permitted in the form of a manufactured home, shall be placed on a non-permanent foundation without Basement excavation;

h. shall not be contained within, or attached to, a Building or structure used for a Single Detached Dwelling;

i. shall only be permitted: i. where the owner of the farm operation is a resident on the same lot where the Accessory Family Residential Use is to be located. In the case of a corporation, the owner shall be one of the directors of the corporation; ii. where a statutory declaration is deposited with the City setting out the conditions of the City’s consent, subject to annual renewal prior to the anniversary date of the approval of such use;

210.7.3
development and productive use of agricultural land; farm worker accommodation;

.4 An Accessory Full-Time Employee Residential Use:

a. shall only be permitted on lots within the Agricultural Land Reserve;

b. shall be located on a lot that is classified as "farm" under the B.C. Assessment Act;

c. shall be limited to one dwelling unit for such use per farm operation provided the total number of dwelling units, excluding Accessory Seasonal Employee Residential Use Buildings, will not exceed two dwelling units per farm operation;...See document for additional regualtions related to Accessory Full-Time Employee Use.

j. shall only be permitted where:

i. the owner of the farm operation is a resident on the same lot where the Accessory Full-Time Employee Residential Use is to be located, and an adult member of the owner’s immediate family works full-time on the farm operation. In the case of a corporation, the owner shall be one of the directors of the corporation. Despite the above, where a lot line realignment or lot consolidation results in a reduction in the number of contiguous lots in a farm operation and the two dwelling units have already been legally constructed and qualify as either a Single Detached Dwelling or an Accessory Full-Time Employee Residential Use, the owner of the farm operation need not reside on the farm operation;

ii. a statutory declaration is deposited with the City setting out the City’s conditions of consent;

iii. the resident employee is employed a minimum of 35 hours per week averaged over each month; and

iv. the minimum established level of operation on the farm operation meets or is equivalent to the following standards: ... See document for standards.

 

210.7.4
development and productive use of agricultural land; farm worker accommodation;

.5 An Accessory Seasonal Employee Residential Use shall:

a. only be permitted on a lot with a minimum lot area of 3.8 ha;

b. only be permitted on lots within the Agricultural Land Reserve; c. be located on a lot that is classified as “farm” under the B.C. Assessment Act,

d. be limited to a maximum floor area of 200 m² for such use per farm operation, except that where the owner of a farm operation can document by ownership records or copies of leases registered in the Land Title Office that the subject berry or vegetable farm operation is at least 40 ha in size, a maximum of 300 m² for an Accessory Seasonal Employee Residential Use per farm operation shall be permitted; and ....See document for additional regulations related accessory seasonal employrr residential use.

210.7.5
food processing, storage and distribution; food processing;

.6 An Accessory Processing Use shall only be permitted:

a. where approved by the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission;

b. where the Buildings and structures housing such use together do not exceed 2,000 m² in floor area; and

c. where associated unenclosed storage, including storage of drums, flats, and other containers, does not cover a lot area exceeding the floor area of the Buildings and structures housing the Accessory processing use.

210.7.6
food sales, access and procurement; farm retail/gate sales;

.7 Buildings and structures for Farm Retail Sales shall be:

a. limited to one per farm operation; and b. have a maximum floor area of 300 m2 , including both indoor and outdoor sales and display areas.

210.7.7
food sales, access and procurement;

farm retail/gate sales;

agri-tourism;

.8 Buildings and structures for a winery shall:

a. be permitted only where licensed by the Province of British Columbia;

b. be permitted where: i. at least 50% of that farm product is grown on the farm on which the winery is located; or ii. the farm that grows the farm products used to produce wine or cider is more than 2 hectares in area, and, unless otherwise authorized with the Agricultural Land Commission, at least 50% of the total farm product for processing is provided under a minimum 3 year contract from a farm in B.C.;

c. be limited to a maximum area for sampling, food and beverage service, retail wine display and sales of 125 m2 indoors and 125 m2 outdoors, and may include picnic areas Accessory to a winery use.

210.7.8
economic development; agri-tourism

.9 Buildings and structures for Agri-Tourism shall:

a. be limited to 300 m2 in area, excluding exterior activity areas;

b. be limited to a catered food and beverage service where farm products from the farm operation are highlighted;

c. exclude permanent commercial kitchen facilities;

d. be limited to a total of 10 months of any calendar year;

e. provide within the lot, parking for all visitors; and f. not exceed 100 m2 in area where utilized for biodiversity conservation, passive recreation, heritage, wildlife and scenery view purposes, as long as the area occupied by

210.7.9
food production; livestock;

.10 An Agricultural Use consisting of the keeping of swine:

a. shall only be permitted on a lot with a minimum lot area of 8.0 ha;

b. shall be provided with a manure storage facility with sufficient capacity to contain all manure generated from the swine operation over a minimum period of four months;

c. shall be provided with a mechanical ventilation system for all Buildings and structures housing swine;

d. existing on the date of adoption of this Bylaw, may be expanded provided such expansion is in accordance with section 210.3.4; and

e. shall ensure that all new development maintain a minimum 500 m minimum separation distance between the nearest points of any Building, structure, facility or enclosure used for the storage of swine, including manure storage facilities for the storage of swine manure and the Urban Area Boundary as shown within the Official Community Plan.

210.7.10
waste management;

composting;

livestock;

.11 The area used for processing of livestock wastes into garden compost shall not exceed 465 m 2 per farm operation. 210.7.11
food processing, storage and distribution; food processing; See document for regulations for Agricultural and Resource Processing Zone. section 230
food processing, storage and distribution; food processing;

See document for regulations for Agricultural and  Produce Processing Zone 

section 240
food processing, storage and distribution; agricultural industry services;

See document for regulations for Agricultural and Farm Industrial Zone

section 250
waste management;

composting;

crops;

See document for regulations for Agricultural and Commercial Mushroom Composting Zone

section 260


Note: While all agricultural Zones (A1-A6) contain Conditions of Use regulations, only those is the A1 Agricultural Zone (section 210) are identified here due to the similarity of these regulations across all agricultural zones. See complete zoning document for Conditions of Use pertaining to each agricultural zone.  

 

 

Topic: Urban - Agriculture Conflict & Edge Planning

Sub-topics: protection of farming development permit area, buffer at agricultural edge, ALR

Region: Fraser Valley | Document Type: Official Community Plan | Year: 2016

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Guidelines intended to protect farmland from impacts associated with urban development, reduce conflicts between farm operations and urban land uses, define a stable and clearly understood boundary between urban areas and the ALR, and encourage urban development along the urban-ALR interface that supports the viability of agriculture.

 

from https://abbotsford.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/49158

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Economic Development, Food Processing, Storage & Distribution, Food Production, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Food Self Reliance, Policy Partnerships, Advocacy & Development, Urban Agriculture, Waste Management

Sub-topics: beekeeping/apiculture, covenants, endowment fund, farm retail/farm gate sales, food distribution, food processing, livestock, local food culture, partnerships/advocacy/liaising, pollinators, research and data collection, urban farm, waste to energy, zoning

Region: Fraser Valley | Document Type: Official Community Plan | Year: 2016

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Topic Sub-topic  Policy or Policy excerpt Document Location Language Rating
food system policy partnerships, advocacy and development process; partnerships/advocacy/liaising; Continue to work with the Agricultural Land Commission and the Ministry of Agriculture to develop up-to-date regulations to enable agriculture to grow and thrive.  6.1;  

development and productive use of agricultural land;

economic development;

endowment fund;

research and data collection;

zoning;

Implement the Agricultural Enhancement Endowment Fund (‘Ag Trust Fund’) by requiring a $20,000 per acre contribution for land that is rezoned in the area identified on Map 16. Consider expanding the Ag Trust Fund program to further support agricultural research, innovation, and farm practices.  6.2; *

food processing, storage & distribution;

economic development;

food processing; Encourage a thriving and innovative agricultural sector by supporting value-added agri-businesses in appropriate locations, including directing agri-processing facilities to specific areas.  6.3; *
economic development; research and data collection; Support and showcase agricultural enterprise, research, and best practices.  6.4;  

economic development;

development and productive use of agricultural land;

  Support the agricultural sector by preserving the agricultural land base, marketing the industry, and supporting local and regional initiatives to protect and further develop the local food industry and culture.  6.6; *

food processing, storage & distribution;

food sales, access and procurement;

waste management;

food processing;

food distribution;

local food culture;

waste to energy;

Support a thriving food system throughout the city, including local production, processing, distribution, celebration, consumption, nutrient recovery, and waste to energy.  6.7; *
  research and data collection; Identify rural centres to enable support services for the rural farming community. 6.8; *

food sales, access and procurement;

urban agriculture;

urban farm;

farm retail/farm gate sales

Enable the production and sale of food throughout the urban area by developing urban agriculture guidelines and permitting small scale, commercial urban food gardens 6.9; *

urban agriculture;

food self reliance;

food production;

beekeeping/apiculture;pollinators;

livestock;

covenants;

pollinators

Consider supporting additional urban agriculture activities that encourage self sufficiency such as keeping bees in the urban area.  6.10;  

 

Topic: Food Sales, Access & Procurement

Sub-topics: farm retail/farm gate sales, zoning

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Zoning Bylaw | Year: consolidated 2016

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
food sales, access and procurement; farm retail/ farm gate sales; A roadside stand for farm gate sales of locally produced agricultural products accessory to agricultural use that does not exceed 2.5 metres in height and 10 square metres in floor area shall have a minimum setback of 4.6 metres from a highway. 3.14

 

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: beekeeping/apiculture, pollinators, livestock

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: 2012

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A bylaw establishing the responsibilities of hobby beekeepers in the District municipality of Maple Ridge.

Topic: Wildlife/Environmental/Pest Management

Sub-topics: urban farm, pesticide and pest management

Region: Capital | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: amendment 2016

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A bylaw is to protect the natural environment by regulating and reducing the non-essential use of pesticides.

From Pesticide Use Reduction Bylaw, City of Victoria, 2009.

Topic: Wildlife/Environmental/Pest Management

Sub-topics: pesticide and pest management

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: consolidated 2016

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Topic Sub-Topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
wildlife/pest/environmental management; pesticide and pest management;

Ban on pesticides

2.9 A person must not apply, or suffer or allow the application of, a pesticide:

(a) that is a neonicotinoid; or

(b) that is a registered control product under the Pest Control Products Act (Canada); and that persons use directly or indirectly to control, destroy, attract, or repel a pest, being:

(i) an animal, plant, or other organism that is directly or indirectly injurious, noxious, or troublesome, or

(ii) an injurious, noxious, or troublesome condition or organic function of an animal, plant, or other organism, or to mitigate or prevent any injurious, noxious, or troublesome effects of a pest.

Exception to ban on pesticides

2.10 Despite section 2.9, a person may apply, or suffer or allow the application of, a pesticide other than a neonicotinoid:

(a) to disinfect swimming pools, whirlpools, spas, or wading pools;

(b) to purify water intended for the use of human beings or animals;

(c) within an enclosed building, being an area closed in by a roof or ceiling and walls with appropriate openings for ingress or egress equipped with doors which are kept closed except when actually in use for ingress or egress;

(d) to control termites;

(e) to control or destroy a health hazard;

(f) to control or destroy pests which have caused infestation to property, being the presence of pests in numbers or under conditions which involve an immediate or potential risk of substantial loss or damage;

(g) to exterminate or repel rodents;

(h) as a wood preservative;

(i) as an insecticide bait enclosed by the manufacturer in a plastic or metal container made in a way that prevents or minimizes access to the bait by human beings and pets;

(j) as an insect repellent for personal use; or

(k) that contains only one or more of the active ingredients set out in Schedule A to this By-law.

2.9-2.10

 

Topic: Food Sales, Access & Procurement

Sub-topics: farmers' markets

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Other | Year: 2014

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City of Vancouver's policy outlining the administration of community food markets and criteria for which community food markets are permitted to operate without further land use approval.

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

Sub-topics: soil

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: 2007

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A bylaw that regulates the removal and deposition of soil.

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Food Production, Urban - Agriculture Conflict & Edge Planning

Sub-topics: agri-tourism, ALR, ALR subdivision, buffer at agricultural edge, livestock, residential development, siting and coverage

Region: Fraser-Fort George | Document Type: Zoning Bylaw | Year: consolidated 2016

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
economic development agri-tourism Agri-Tourist Accommodation: the accessory use of land, buildings and structures for shortterm overnight accommodation limited to 4 sleeping units, and seasonal campsites combined, where the total area for buildings, landscaping, and access for accommodation is less than 5% of the lot. 2.3 definitions
development and productive use of agricultural land;

ALR subdivision;

ALR;

The minimum lot area and lot width provisions of this Bylaw shall not apply for AG, AF and AR lots where the purpose of a subdivision is to protect environmentally sensitive areas, recreational amenities, or agricultural land from development. Provided that the average subdivision area, including the parent parcel, is greater than or equal to the minimum subdivision area, the following applies: a) the owner registers a covenant pursuant to Section 219 of the Land Title Act in favour of the City at the time the subdivision is registered; b) this covenant shall restrict or prohibit the construction of buildings or structures, and/or the use of any lot; and, c) such covenant shall be satisfactory to the Approving Officer. 4.6.4

development and productive use of agricultural land;

economic development;

residential development;

agri-tourism;

A secondary suite is not permitted in conjunction with an agri-tourist accommodation, bed & breakfast, community care facility, or a boarding or lodging house on the same site. 5.6.5

development and productive use of agricultural land;

economic development;

residential development;

agri-tourism;

A bed & breakfast is not permitted in conjunction with an agri-tourist accommodation, community care facility, boarding or lodging house, or secondary suite. 5.7.2
urban - agriculture conflict and edge planning;

buffer at agricultural edge;

ALR;

A landscape buffer is required for all land abutting the Agricultural Land Reserve including non-farm developments on the Agricultural Land Reserve, regardless of zone, according to the requirements of the Agricultural Land Commission. 6.5.7
development and productive use of agricultural land; siting and coverage;

See document for siting and coverage regulations for development in Agriculture and Forestry Zone.

9.2.5-9.2.6
food production; livestock;

The maximum number of poultry permitted on a lot is:

a. 0 on lots less than 2,000 m2;

b. 25 on lots that are 2,000 m2 or greater, but less than 1.0 ha;

c. 100 on lots that are 1.0 ha or greater, but less than 4.0 ha; and

d. On lots of 4.0 ha or greater, no limitations.

9.2.7.6
food production; livestock;

7. The maximum number of livestock that may be bred, trained, ridden, kept, reared or boarded on a lot is:

a. 0 on lots less than 0.4 ha;

b. 2 on lots that are 0.4 ha or greater, but less than 1.2 ha;

c. On lots of 1.2 ha or more, but less than 4.0 ha, 1 for each 0.4 ha of portion thereof; and

d. On lots 4.0 ha or more, no limitations.

9.2.7.7