The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is a provincial zone in which agriculture is recognized as the priority use. Farming is encouraged and non-agricultural uses are controlled.
The Agricultural Land Reserve takes precedence over, but does not replace, other legislation and bylaws that may apply to the land. Local and regional governments, as well as other provincial agencies, are expected to plan in accordance with the provincial policy of preserving agricultural land.
ALR Exclusion Applications
As a result of Bill 15-2019, as of September 30, 2020, private landowners are no longer able to make an application for exclusion - only the Provincial Government, local or First Nation governments or prescribed public bodies may make such applications.
The CSRD has adopted an ALR Exclusion Policy P-24, which outlines the procedure for a private landowner to apply to the CSRD to submit an ALR Exclusion application to the ALC for their property. The Development Services Application Fees Bylaw Number 4000 and Development Services Application Procedures Bylaw Number 4001 were also updated to reflect the new procedure and fees.