AGRICULTURAL LAND RESERVE OPEN HOUSE
In order to make good long-term decisions about our agricultural lands, we as a community can enhance our understanding of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The Revelstoke Local Food Initiative has invited Martin Collins, our Regional Planner with the Agricultural Land Commission, to present to the community the ins and outs of the ALR.
The Provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) is an independent administrative tribunal dedicated to preserving agricultural land and encouraging farming in British Columbia. After an initial open house period, Mr. Collins will give a presentation on the purpose, priorities and details of the ALC, including maps showing local ALR lands. This presentation will be followed by a question and answer period, with light snacks and drinks provided.
The intention of this open house is to provide the community with the tools and information to best understand the ALR and the implications that this has for our community. As Revelstoke grows, there will be development pressure and in order to make good decisions that work long-term, we must understand all of the issues at play. The availability and affordability of food production space is vital for the development of food security for our citizens. Yet, economic growth and diversification must be considered in future planning. By understanding what agriculture lands surround our community, their current uses and limitations, and our community’s food needs, we can make the best possible decisions about our community’s development.
This open house is an opportunity to learn about the ALC, but it is not an opportunity for lobbying for or against any particular exclusions or developments on ALR land. At this event you will have the opportunity to participate in the conversation about our local food system, exploring both opportunities and barriers. All are welcome, and asked to come with an open mind and a listening ear.