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BC releases public feedback on proposed ALR changes

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:50 PDT, Fri September 4, 2020

Last Updated: 3:51 PDT, Mon September 28, 2020

BC’s Agriculture Ministry is aiming to increase residential flexibility in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).

And the province is releasing a “what we heard” summary report, which summarizes feedback from individuals, associations and local governments across the province in response to the ministry’s policy intentions paper. Feedback was received between Jan. 27 and May 17.

The intentions paper was a response to concerns heard during ALR engagement sessions in fall 2019. Both the public and stakeholders stated more options for small additional residences were needed.

The paper outlined policy options under consideration for small additional residences that continue to maintain government’s core objectives under the Agricultural Land Commission Act. These policy options preserve and encourage the use of ALR land for agriculture.

To allow time for the development of new regulations, the grandfathering period for manufactured homes in the ALR is being extended to July 31, 2021. Landowners in the ALR will have until then to obtain the required permits and authorizations to place a manufactured additional residence for immediate family on their property, without having to apply to the Agricultural Land Commission.

The ministry is working to develop regulatory changes that are consistent with the intentions paper. 

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