B.C.’s current approach to the ALR attempts to balance the needs of farmers and ranchers to carry out their daily work with the need for land use decision-making that best supports government’s goals and objectives for the ALR.
The ALR was a bold initiative in 1973 that acknowledged that B.C. has a limited agricultural land resource which should be available for current and future generations of farmers and ranchers to operate agricultural businesses for local consumption and export. Approximately five percent of B.C.’s land base is within the ALR, a provincial zone within which agriculture is recognized as the priority activity. The ALR includes public (Crown) and privately held land in all regions of the province.
The ALC is an independent administrative tribunal dedicated to preserving agricultural land and encouraging farming in B.C. The ALC has been preserving agricultural lands for 45 years through its land use planning work with local governments and decision making on land use applications. The ALC is mandated to encourage others, including the provincial government and its agents, to take the interests of the ALR and agriculture into account when generating new policies, participating in land use planning initiatives, changing legislation and regulation, and planning for future developments.