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

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Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

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Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Economic Development, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Urban - Agriculture Conflict & Edge Planning, Urban Agriculture, Wildlife/Environmental/Pest Management

Sub-topics: 'benefit to agriculture' language, agri-tourism, agricultural industry services, ALR, ALR exclusion, ALR subdivision, buffer at agricultural edge, covenants, edible landscaping, farm home plate, farm traffic, farm worker accommodation, farmers' markets, protection of farming development permit area, residential development, roads in agricultural land, urban containment/growth boundary, urban gardens/orchard, wildlife and ecosystem management, zoning

Region: Central Okanagan | 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;

agricultural industry services;

zoning;

ALR exclusion;

ALR;

farmers' markets;

Agri-business Land use Designation: Rural land preserved for agriculture and agriculture-related businesses that support local farming and farmers... Agriculture related commercial uses (retail and office) necessary to support a farmers’ market and public market may be considered within this designation. Limited residential uses may be supported within this designation and include a single caretaker’s unit and accessory live/work accommodation which support the agriculture-related business function. Despite the potential for “non-farm use” activities, lands within this designation will not be supported for exclusion from the ALR and only non-farm uses approved by the Agricultural Land Commission will be permitted. An example of appropriate zoning within this designation is Comprehensive Development (CD) zone CD2. 4.2 *

food sales, access and procurement;

economic development;

urban containment /growth boundary; Lands within the permanent growth boundary may be considered for urbanuses within the 20 year planning horizon ending 2030. Lands designated as Future Urban Reserve within the permanent growth boundary may be considered for urban uses beyond 2030. Lands outside the permanent growth boundary will not be supported for urban uses. Non-ALR land outside the Permanent Growth Boundary will not be supported for any further parcelization. 4.7 *

urban-agriculture conflict/edge planning;

wildlife/environmental/pest management;

wildlife and ecosystem management; Integrate land use approaches wherever possible to improve opportunities for biodiversity, ecosystem connectivity, recreation, agriculture and local food production, while reducing conflicts. 5.2.5 *

food sales, access and procurement;

development and productive use ofagricultural land;

farmers' markets;

ALR;

Support the development of farmer’s markets on non-ALR sites. ALR sites located near the urban – rural edge, in accessible, central locations may be considered if a non-ALR alternative cannot be secured. 5.13.1 *
urban agriculture; edible landscaping; Encourage the use of building setback, backyards and landscaped areas, for growing edible plants. 5.13.2 *
urban agriculture; urban gardens/ orchard; Encourage private and non-profit sector universally-accessible community gardening. Where appropriate, consider the use of city-owned land for use as community gardens. 5.13.3  
urban agriculture;

urban gardens/orchard ;

residential development;

Encourage new development to include contiguous space intended for garden space for residents. 5.13.4  
development and productive use ofagricultural land; ALR; Retain the agricultural land base by supporting the ALR and by protecting agricultural lands from development, except as otherwise noted in the City of Kelowna Agricultural Plan. Ensure that the primary use of agricultural land is agriculture, regardless of parcel size. 5.33.1 *
development and productive use ofagricultural land; ALR exclusion;ALR; The City of Kelowna will not support ALR exclusion applications to the ALC except in extraordinary circumstances where such exclusions are otherwise consistent with the goals, objectives and other policies of this OCP. Soil capability alone should not be used as justification for exclusion. 5.33.2 *
development and productive use ofagricultural land; urban containment/growth boundary; Direct urban uses to lands within the urban portion of the Permanent Growth Boundary, in the interest of reducing development and speculative pressure on agricultural lands. 5.33.3 *

urban-agriculture conflict/edge planning;

urban agriculture;

buffer at agricultural edge; Consider complementary agricultural land uses such as urban agriculture (as defined in the Zoning Bylaw) along the urban-rural interface that act as a transition between existing urban development and farming operations. 5.33.4 *

economic development;

development and productive use ofagricultural land;

farm gate/farm retail sales;

ALR;

agri-tourism;

Support agritourism uses that can be proven to be in aid of and directly associated with established farm operations. Permit wineries, cideries and farm retail sales (inside and outside the ALR) only where consistent with existing ALC policies and regulations. 5.33.5 *
development and productive use ofagricultural land;

ALR;

'benefit to agriculture' language;

 Support non-farm use applications on agricultural lands only where approved by the ALC and where the proposed uses:• are consistent with the Zoning Bylaw and OCP;• provide significant benefits to local agriculture;• can be accommodated using existing municipal infrastructure;• minimize impacts on productive agricultural lands;• will not preclude future use of the lands for agriculture;• will not harm adjacent farm operations. 5.33.6 *
development and productive use ofagricultural land;

ALR subdivision;

ALR;

'net benefit to agriculture' language;

Maximize potential for the use of farmland by not allowing the subdivision of agricultural land into smaller parcels (with the exception of Homesite Severances approved by the ALC) except where significant positive benefits to agriculture can be demonstrated. 5.33.7 *
development and productive use ofagricultural land;

ALR;

residential development;

Discourage residential development (both expansions and new developments) in areas isolated within agricultural environments (both ALR and non-ALR). 5.33.8 *
development and productive use ofagricultural land;

ALR;

residential development;

 Encourage secondary suites on agricultural land to be located within a permitted principal dwelling. 5.34.1 *
development and productive use ofagricultural land;

farm worker accommodation;

residential development;

ALR;

Accommodation for farm help on the same agricultural parcel will be considered only where: agriculture is the principal use on the parcel, and the applicant demonstrates that the additional housing is necessary to accommodate farm employee(s) whose residence on the farm property is considered critical to the overall operation of the farm. The primary consideration is whether the scale of the farm operation is large enough that permanent help is deemed necessary. Temporary farm worker housing (e.g. bunkhouse accommodation on non-permanent foundations) is the preferred solution where the need for farm worker housing is justified. 5.34.2 *
development and productive use ofagricultural land;

farm home plate;

ALR;

residential development;

Locate buildings and structures, including farm help housing and farm retail sales area and structures, on agricultural parcels in close proximity to one another and where appropriate, near the existing road frontage. The goal should be to maximize use of existing infrastructure and reduce impacts on productive agricultural lands. 5.34.3 *
development and productive use ofagricultural land;

ALR;

institutional development; 

Discourage the use of agricultural lands for public or institutional uses such as schools, parks and churches except as identified in the OCP. 5.34.4 *
wildlife/environmental/pest management; wildlife and ecosystem management; Maintain and improve biodiversity through the establishment of corridors (connectivity) and where appropriate, through the integration of wild species within agricultural landscapes. 5.35.1 *
wildlife/environmental/pest management;

covenants;

wildlife and ecosystem management;

Promote the use of conservation covenants on agricultural land. Conservation covenants will:• balance both agricultural and environmental values and recognize the complex relationships between some agricultural use and areas of environmental interest;• protect environmental values identified through current statutory provisions (e.g. Species at Risk) and values identified through current federal, provincial and local inventory programs;• place only reasonable restrictions on agriculture in order to protect important environmental values;• allow for specified farm activities in locations that will not unduly impact or diminish the identified environmental values; and• focus on those areas specifically identified as containing important environmental values, and should not unduly restrict agriculture elsewhere on the property. 5.35.2 *
development and productive use ofagricultural land;

farm traffic;

roads in agricultural land;

Minimize the impact of penetration of road and utility corridors through agricultural lands, utilizing only those lands necessary and to the maximum capacity prior to seeking new corridors. Provision should be made for farm traffic to cross major roads. 7.5.1 *

urban-agriculture conflict/edge planning;

urban agriculture;

protection of farming development permit area;

ALR;

buffer at agricultural edge;

See document for farm protection development permit guidelines. chapter 15 *

 

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: urban chickens, beekeeping/apiculture, pollinators, livestock

Region: Thompson-Nicola | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: 2006-2014

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Section

urban agriculture;

food production;

livestock;

FARM ANIMALS

3.1 No person shall keep or harbour any farm animal on any parcel of land in the City unless the said parcel has an area of not less than 0.4047 ha (one acre).

3.2 No person shall keep or harbour more than two farm animals per 0.4047 ha (one acre) on any parcel of land within the City.

3.3 No person shall keep or harbour any farm animal on any parcel of land in the City which is zoned commercial or industrial as set out in the City Zoning Bylaw, provided that this subsection shall not apply to a person who is engaged in the operation of a veterinary clinic, animal hospital, pound or stockyards in an area permitted by the City Zoning Bylaw.

3.4 No person shall keep or harbour swine on any parcel of land in the City unless such lands are a minimum size of 8 ha. (19.768 acres) or are zoned A 1. (34-18)

3.4A Vietnamese pot bellied pigs may be kept as a pet on any parcel of land within the City provided that certification is produced upon request to verify the breed as a Vietnamese pot bellied pig

section 3;

urban agriculture;

food production;

livestock;

urban chickens;

 

POULTRY

 9.1 Permitted Number of Poultry

9.1.1 No property owner or person shall own, keep, or harbour any poultry on any parcel of land in the City, except in the number and type permitted according to property size, land use, and restrictions described in the following table and otherwise in this bylaw:

Table 9.1.1 - Permitted Number of Poultry

Land Use

Land Restrictions

Type of Poultry Maximum Poultry Permitted
Minimum 370 m2 (.037 ha) up to 4,000 m2 (0.4047 ha or 1 ac.) Residential zoned property with a permitted use of single-family or two-family residential, subject to siting, registration, and other requirements s Hens only, no roosters and no chicks Minimum two (2) hens to a maximum of five (5) hen
Minimum 4,000 m2 (0.4047 ha or 1 ac.) or greater In zones other than A1-(Agricultural), commercial poultry farming is not permitted Any poultry, as defined in Section 1.2 Up to 30 head of poultry
Minimum 4,000 m2 (0.4047 ha or 1 ac.) or greater A-1 (Agricultural) zones only Any poultry, as defined in Section 1.2 Unlimited number of poultry

 

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section 9;

urban agriculture;

food production;

beekeeping/apiculture;

pollinators;

livestock;

BEES

12.1 No person shall keep or harbour bees on any parcel of land unless:

(a) The parcel of land is located in one of the following: (i) Zone Areas A-1, FD, CR-1, CR-2, CR-3, RS-1, RS-1S, RS-2, RS-2A, RS-3, RS-4, RS-5, RT-1, RT-2, or RT-3; (ii) Zone Areas P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4, or P-8 and associated with a community garden or educational program; or (iii) As specifically permitted by the City of Kamloops Zoning Bylaw on individual lots.

(b) The parcel of land is equal to or greater than 370 m2 .

(c) In the case of residentially zoned properties, any beehive is located in the rear yard of the property.

(d) Any beehive is oriented to face away from adjacent properties, lanes, and streets and is sited so as to allow a clear flight path of at least 7.5 m straight ahead from the front of the beehive to any property line and 3.0 m from the side and rear of the beehive to any property line, except where the beehive is: (i) Sited behind a solid fence or hedge that is at least 1.8 m in height, in which case the 7.5 m setback may be reduced to 6.0 m and the 3.0 m setback may be reduced to 1.0 m; or (ii) Elevated such that the underside of the beehive is raised a minimum of 2.5 m above ground level, in which case the 7.5 m setback may be reduced to 3.0 m.

12.2 The maximum number of beehives/colonies and nucleus colonies permitted is as follows:

(a) Two (2) beehives/colonies and two (2) nucleus colonies on any parcel of land that is less than 929 m2 .

(b) Four (4) beehives/colonies and four (4) nucleus colonies on any parcel of land that is equal to or greater than 929 m2 and less than 1,858 m2.

(c) Six (6) beehives/colonies and six (6) nucleus colonies on parcels equal to or greater than 1,858 m2 and less than 0.8 ha. BYLAW NO. 34-11 PAGE 20 12. BEES (Continued)

(d) Ten (10) beehives/colonies and ten (10) nucleus colonies on parcels equal to or greater than 0.8 ha and less than 2.0 ha.

(e) Unlimited beehives/colonies and nucleus colonies on parcels equal to or greater than 2.0 ha.

12.3 Every person keeping bees must:

(a) Comply with the Bee Act.

(b) Provide a water supply to prevent the bees from seeking water from other sources, such as neighbourhood birdbaths, pool decks, ponds or other sources of water.

(c) Take all reasonable measures to prevent and manage swarming or defensive behaviour by the bees."


section 12;
 

 

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: zoning, urban chickens, greenhouses, livestock, residential development

Region: Cowichan Valley | Document Type: Zoning Bylaw | Year: consolidated 2016

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urban agriculture;

food production;

greenhouses;

residential development;

Accessory Buildings and Structures:

...(e) One greenhouse not exceeding 25 square m in floor area shall be permitted per parcel as an accessory residential structure. Greenhouses exceeding 25 square m in floor area shall be considered as agricultural buildings and shall respect the relevant agricultural building setbacks from parcel lines.

5.10 (e)

food production;

urban agriculture;

urban chickens;

livestock;

Backyard Hen Enclosure

In the zones permitted, a Backyard Hen Enclosure must:

(a) be an accessory use conducted by a resident of the parcel;

(b) consist of at most six (6) hens kept for personal egg consumption;

(c) be located in a backyard such that the dwelling unit is between the Backyard Hen Enclosure and the front parcel line;

(d) use only a Pen and a Coop as each of those terms are defined by the Animal and Poultry Regulation and Animal Pound Bylaw, and no other structures; Page 19 of 55 City of Duncan Zoning Bylaw 1540 (Consolidated January 4, 2016)

(e) have a Coop no larger than 8 square metres in floor area and no higher than 3 metres;

(f) have the Coop and the Pen placed at least: (i) 2.5 metres from the exterior side parcel line, the interior side parcel line and the rear parcel line; (ii) 17.5 metres from the front parcel line; and (iii) have the Coop and the Pen placed at least 7.5 metres from every road, laneway, and public path.

5.20

 

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: beekeeping/apiculture, livestock, pollinators, urban chickens

Region: Cowichan Valley | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: consolidated 2016

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food production;

urban agriculture;

urban chickens;

livestock;

Possession of Animals

...(c) any Poultry or roosters, other than up to six (6) Hens if each Hen is kept in accordance with this Bylaw; and the Person holds a valid licence issued pursuant to this Bylaw.

4 (c)

urban agriculture;

food production;

beekeeping/apiculture;

pollinators;

livestock;

Requirements for keeping bees

37. A Person who keeps bees must: (a) provide adequate water for the bees on the Person’s property (b) maintain the bees in a condition that will reasonably prevent swarming, and (c) keep hives at least 7.6m away from each property line, unless there is a solid fence or hedge at least 1.8 m tall parallel to the property line.

Section 37;

urban agriculture;

food production;

livestock;

urban chickens;;

Hen Licensing

48. A Person may apply for a licence for one or more Hens by:

(a) Reading the information on keeping Hens prepared by the City from time to time Animal Regulation and Impounding Bylaw No. 3139, 2015 - 12 -

(b) Completing and submitting an application in the form prescribed by the City, whether on-line or in paper form, and including all of the following information: (i) the date; (ii) the applicant’s name, address and postal code; (iii) the specific number and type of Hens to be licensed; (iv) confirmation that the Person resides on the property whether he or she will be keeping the Hens; and (v) confirmation that the Person has read the information required under Section 49; and

(c) Providing, upon the request of the City Planner, evidence that the licence holder will be able to keep Hens in compliance with Section 49 of this Bylaw

See document for additional regulations relating to the Licensing of Hens.

Section 48-53;

Topic: Food Production, Food Sales, Access & Procurement

Sub-topics: crops, GE/GMO, local procurement

Region: Cowichan Valley | Document Type: Policy | Year: 2014

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A policy stating that the City of Duncan does not support the use or cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops and animals by abstaining from purchasing GE plants or trees for City operations.

 

Supplementary Information

 

Interview with the City of Duncan Re: Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops and Foods Policy

The City of Duncan’s Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops and Foods  policy opposes the cultivation of GE crops and foods within the City and, where reasonable, the purchase of GE foods for City events.

Policy Development and Adoption

The development of the policy was motivated by the Municipality’s Community Sustainability Plan, which included a suggestion to consider the adoption of a policy addressing GE crops and foods. 

The policy was developed by Council’s Environment Committee after a series of discussions and presentations from professionals and community advocates. These considered both arguments for and against the use and cultivation of GE crops and foods as Council actively sought information from both sides of the debate prior to adopting the policy, which was approved in 2014.

The policy language was developed with the intent of adopting an educational stance, rather than a prescriptive one.

Policy Implementation

Since there is very little opportunity for the purchase of genetically engineered plants, trees or seeds for use in the City of Duncan, the policy’s implementation did not impact the purchasing practices of the City’s public works department.

To implement the policy for City events, the municipality asks caterers to identify the genetically engineered food products that they use. The goal of this practice is to maintain and update records of the provision of GE foods at City events. In this way, the City aims to use the policy as an informative tool. 

Policy Outcomes and Recommendations

To date, the policy has not been as effective as intended.  As a result of staff turnover and other factors, implementation of the policy has been given varying levels of attention.  Since revisiting the policy in order to provide information for this database, the City aims to increase its efforts to request and display information from caterers regarding their use of GE foods. 

One possible way in which the City is considering re-tooling the policy to increase awareness of the use of GE foods in City events is by assembling an accessible booklet of GE information retrieved from caterers. This booklet would be kept near the food at events catered for City Council so that information could be easily accessed.

 

References

City of Duncan, personal communication, November 2016

 

 

Topic: Food Sales, Access & Procurement

Sub-topics: mobile/street food vending, zoning

Region: Central Kootenay | Document Type: Zoning Bylaw | Year: consolidated 2016

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food sales, access and procurement; mobile/street food vending;

Portable Food Service

Portable food service from a vending cart is a permitted use in any commercial, public or industrial zone provided that the vending cart is: (a) capable of being moved on its own wheels without alteration or preparation; and (b) fully self-contained with no service connection except electrical connections.

2.2.7;

 

Topic: Food Production, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: zoning, urban farm, livestock, urban chickens

Region: Strathcona | Document Type: Zoning Bylaw | Year: 2006-2010

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food sales, access and procurement; urban farm;

Uses Permitted - General

 

...(c) Commercial fruit, vegetable and plant production are permitted uses in the following zones: RE-1, R-1, R-1A, R-1B, R-1C, R-2, R-2A, R-3, RM-1, RM-2, RM-3 and RM-4.

4.1 (c);

urban agriculture;

food production;

livetock;

urban chickens;

Keeping of Livestock

(a) Keeping of livestock is permitted only in the RU-1, RU-2 and RU-3 zones, except for the keeping of horses in conjunction with a riding academy in the RR – 1 zone.

(b) Livestock may only be kept on a lot of at least 0.4 hectares.

(c) Only 1 large animal (over 25kg) may be kept for each 0.4 hectares of land.

(d) Only 10 small animals (under 25kg) may be kept for each 0.4 hectares of land.

(e) The keeping of swine and mink are not permitted.

(f) All buildings housing livestock must be kept a minimum of 15 metres from property boundaries. A 30 metre minimum setback is required if the adjacent property is zoned for residential use.

(g) This section does not apply to keeping household pets.

(h) This section does not apply to properties within the Agricultural Land Reserve.

(i) Notwithstanding 4.18(a) through (f) within the Quinsam area, as defined by the attached Appendix 3: Quinsam Livestock Boundary to bylaw 3250, 2006, keeping of animals within ancillary buildings and fully fenced areas is permitted on properties with a minimum lot size of 0.4 hectares (1 acre) as follows: one horse, one goat, one sheep and 10 chickens (restricted to hens) per acre of land is permitted.

(j) On each property within the Quinsam area the maximum building foot print for ancillary buildings housing livestock shall be 175 square metres (1884 square feet) measured to the outer limits of the building wall with a maximum building height of 6 metres (20 ft). All such buildings must be setback a minimum of 15m from property lines.

(k) Notwithstanding 4.18 (a) through (j), the keeping of Hens within ancillary buildings and fully fenced areas is permitted on properties in all Residential Zones and the Public Areas-1 Zones provided that they comply with urban hen regulations in the Animal Control Bylaw.

(l) Notwithstanding 4.18 (b), the keeping of Hens within ancillary buildings and fully fenced areas is permitted on rural properties less than 0.4 hectares (1 acre) provided that they comply with urban hen regulations in the Animal Control Bylaw.

4.18;

 

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: livestock, urban chickens

Region: Strathcona | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: 2013

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urban agriculture;

food production;

urban chickens;

livestock;

Urban Hens

5.1 Urban Hen Licensing:

a. A Hen Owner must obtain a licence from the City to keep Hens. This process includes: (i) Completing and submitting a licence form prescribed by the City; and (ii) Paying a one-time fee for obtaining a Hen Owner’s licence as prescribed in Schedule “A”.

b. The licence is not transferable to another person or property.

c. There shall be no more than one Hen Owner per property.

5.2 Urban Hen Exemptions

a. Properties located within the RU-1, RU-2 and RU-3 zones are not subject to sections 5.1 (a), (b), (c), 5.3(a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (k), (n), (q), (t), (v), (w), and (x) of this bylaw.

b. Properties located within the Quinsam Livestock Boundary that are 0.4 hectares (1 acre) or larger are not subject to sections 5.1 (a), (b), (c), 5.3 (c), (e), (f), (k), (n), and (t) of this bylaw.

c. RU-1, RU-2, RU-3 zone properties and properties in the Quinsam Livestock Boundary that are 0.4 hectares or larger may have up to ten (10) Hens per 0.4 hectares.

5.3 Uran Hen Regulations A Hen Owner shall:

a. only keep Hens on property zoned for residential use or as Public Areas 1 (PA-1) in the Zoning Bylaw;

b. be a resident of the property where the Hens are kept;

c. keep no more than six (6) Hens on any property;

d. not keep a Rooster

 e. ensure that all Hens are kept within a secure Coop from sunset to 7:00 a.m.;

f. ensure that each Hen remains at all times in a Coop or Pen

 g. not permit a Hen within a residential dwelling unit or on a balcony or deck;

h. provide a Coop and a Pen each with a minimum of 0.37m2 in floor area and 0.92m in height per Hen;

i. provide each Hen with its own nesting box and perch;

j. not keep a Hen in a cage unless for the purposes of transport of the Hen;

k. ensure Coops and Pens do not exceed 10m2 floor area or 3m in height;

l. ensure Coops and Pens are situated within the appropriate areas on the property in accordance with the ancillary buildings requirements in the City’s Zoning Bylaw;...

See document for additional regulations related to keeping urban hens.

part 5;

 

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: beekeeping/apiculture, pollinators, livestock

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: 2013

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A bylaw to regulate the keeping of bees, including on non-agriculturally zoned properties.

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Economic Development, Food Production, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Urban - Agriculture Conflict & Edge Planning, Waste Management, Wildlife/Environmental/Pest Management

Sub-topics: agri-tourism, agricultural industry services, buffer at agricultural edge, composting, farm diversification, farm retail/farm gate sales, home occupation/home based businesses, livestock, recreational use of agricultural land, residential development, wildlife and ecosystem management, zoning

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Zoning Bylaw | Year: 2011

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
development and productive use of agricultural land; home occupation/home based businesses;

Home‐Based Businesses

...xi. In the case of home‐based businesses in the Agricultural Land Reserve, be limited to a floor area of 100 sq m...

5.3 a (xi)
development and productive use of agricultural land; residential development;

Additional Farm House  

An additional farm house shall be permitted in the A‐1 and A‐2 zones subject to the following conditions:

a) The farm operation within which the lot on which the additional farm house is located is no less than 8 ha in total area, and all of the lots comprising the farm operation are contiguous.

b) The lot upon which the additional farm house is located is within the Agricultural Land Reserve and classified as a “farm” under the Assessment Act.

c) The additional farm house contains only one dwelling unit provided the total number of dwelling units, excluding migrant farm‐worker housing, does not exceed two dwelling units per farm operation.

d) Despite subsection 5.9 c), where the farm operation is greater than 40 ha in area, two additional farm houses may be located on a lot, provided that the total number of dwelling units, excluding migrant farm‐worker housing, does not exceed three dwelling units per farm operation....See document for additional regulations for additional farm house.

5.9
development and productive use of agricultural land; farm worker housing;

Migrant Farm‐Worker Housing

a) The accommodation of migrant farm workers shall only be permitted on lots within the Agricultural Land Reserve if the following conditions are met:

i. The lot upon which the accommodation is located is classified as a “farm” under the Assessment Act and is primarily used for berry or horticultural operations.

ii. The farm operation on which the migrant farm workers are employed has an area of at least 8 ha and all of the lots comprising the farm operation are contiguous.

iii. The accommodation is located on a lot with an area of at least 4.05 ha.

iv. The accommodation is located on a lot that is serviced by a public road and has adequate services and utilities to support the accommodation....See document for additional regulation for migrant farm worker housing.

5.10
food sales, access and procurement; farm retail/gate sales;

Farm Retail Sales and Winery / Brewery / Distillery / Meadery or Cider Lounges  

a) The total combined indoor and outdoor retail sales area for farm retail sales shall not exceed 300 sq m where all of the products offered for sale are not produced on the farm operation on which the retail sales are taking place and at least 50% of any retail sales area must be used for the sale of farm products produced on the farm operation on which the retail sales are taking place....See document for additional regulations for far mertail sales and winery/brewery/distillery/meadery/cidery lounges.

5.11
food production; livestock;

Keeping of Swine 

The keeping of swine

a) shall not be conducted on a lot with an area of less than 16.0 ha;

b) shall not be conducted unless a manure storage facility is provided with sufficient capacity to contain all manure generated from the swine operation over a period of at least four months;

c) shall not be conducted unless a mechanical ventilation system is provided for all buildings and structures housing swine;

d) and the storage of manure derived from the keeping of swine shall not be conducted in any building, structure, facility, or enclosure that is within 500 m of the Urban Area boundary as shown on Schedule F of this bylaw;

 e) shall be permitted on lots with areas of less than 16.0 ha for the owner’s or occupier’s consumption only, provided that no more than six swine, including weaners, shall be kept at any time.

5.12
urban-agriculture conflict and edge planning; buffer at agricultural edge;

Specifications for Landscaping Buffers

...b) A landscape buffer is required for all land abutting the Agricultural Land Reserve, regardless of zone, according to the Landscape Buffer Specifications of the Agricultural Land Commission.

c) All required landscape buffer areas shall be watered by a fully automatic irrigation system that is installed and operated so as to avoid run‐off onto sidewalks, roads, or parking areas.

6.4 (b) (c)
development and productive use of agricultural land; siting and coverage;

See document for siting and coverage regulations for buildings and structures in General Agriculture Zone (A1).

8.1.5-8.1.8;

waste management; composting;

The area used for composting of livestock wastes shall not exceed 465 sq m per farm operation.

8.1.10 (c)
development and productive use of agricultural land; residential development;

Accessory farm residential buildings shall

i. not contain a kitchen or any habitable space;

ii. be limited to one washroom with a maximum floor area of 10 sq m, which must not contain a bathtub and which must be located on the ground floor;  

iii. if designed and used for the storage or parking of vehicles on the ground floor, be designed and constructed with access to

 the ground floor being limited to one door, which must provide access to and through the vehicle storage or parking area;

 the upper storey being limited to the interior of the building.

8.1.10 (d)
food sales, access and procurement; farm retail/gate sales; Farm retail sales are permitted provided that a minimum of 50% of the products are produced in the farm operation of which the lot on which the retail sales occur forms a part. 8.1.10 (g)
food processing, storage and distribution; food processing; Processing and sales of farm and animal products are permitted, provided that a minimum of 50% of the products are produced in the farm operation of which the lot on which the processing and sales occur forms a part. 8.1.10 (h)
economic development;

agricultural industry services;

farm diversification;

Agricultural and Farm Industrial

The intent of the Agricultural and Farm Industrial (A‐3) Zone is to enhance the economic viability of farming and promote investment and diversification of the agricultural industry in Pitt Meadows with regulations consistent with the provisions of the Agricultural Land Commission Act and regulations. See document for regulations for Agricultural and Farm Industrial Zone (A3).

8.3
 

recreational use of agricultural land;

zoning;

Agricultural and Golf Course

This intent of the Agricultural and Golf Course (A‐4) Zone is to permit the use of lands within the Agricultural Land Reserve for existing golf course uses and compatible accessory uses and agriculture. See document for regulations for Agricultural and Golf Course Zone (A4).

8.4
wildlife/pest/environmental management; wildlife and ecosystem management;

Agricultural and Wildlife Management

The intent of the Agricultural and Wildlife Management (A‐5) Zone is to protect the farming areas of the municipality and support and acknowledge efforts to accommodate and foster wildlife with regulations consistent with the provisions of the Agricultural Land Commission Act and regulations. See document for regulations for Agricultural and Wildlife Management Zone (A5).

8.5

 

Note: Regulations above are cited from the General Agriculture Zone (A1). See document for regulations for Large-Lot Agriculture Zone (A2).