Planning for Agriculture
Planning for Agriculture is a second component, along with Farm
Practices Protection, of the Strengthening Farming Program.
Planning for Agriculture is broadly focused on developing strong
working relationships between local governments, the farm community
and the province to ensure that agriculture is given appropriate
consideration in local government planning processes.
New legislative tools in the Local Government Act and
Act have been designed to provide local governments with improved
opportunities to ensure a climate of security and stability for
farming and ranching in their communities. In turn, this will
help assure that the benefits that a strong agricultural sector brings
to the municipalities and regions of BC will continue.
Examples of opportunities to plan for agriculture include:
encouraging agricultural land use inventories and
the application of geographic information system (GIS) technology
to increase the understanding of farm systems and land use
ensuring greater land use compatibility at the
time of urban subdivision next to farming;
encouraging policies in Official Community Plans (OCPs)
aimed at maintaining and enhancing farming;
designating Development Permit Areas (DPAs) for
the protection of farming within OCPs to improve compatibility;
appointing local government agricultural advisory
adopting agricultural area plans in key farming
encouraging focused planning at the urban / farm
interface to improve land use compatibility and to ensure a secure
operating environment for the farm industry; and
reviewing official community plans, zoning bylaws
and using farm bylaws to ensure a balanced and positive regulatory
climate that provides opportunity for the growth of farming and
ranching in BC.