Land within the Agricultural Land Reserve: Applications
to subdivide land within the Agricultural Land Reserve must be submitted
through the local government. Use the application form supplied by the
Agricultural Land Commission.
If the Agricultural Land Commission allows the subdivision, the applicant
should bring a copy of the approval letter to the District Development
Technician. If a covenant is required as a condition of the Commission's
approval, it should be in favour of the Land Reserve Commission. If
the final subdivision plan differs significantly from the sketch approved
by the Commission, the Approving Officer cannot give final approval.
Impacts on farming operations will be considered. Buffers and access
conditions may be required. If the land is adjacent to the Agricultural
Land Reserve, the application may be submitted directly to the Land
Reserve Commission for confirmation of the Land Reserve Boundaries.
Please note that in some areas of the province, the authority to make
decisions on land use and subdivision applications within the Agricultural
Land Reserve has been delegated to local government pursuant to section
26 of the Agricultural Land Commission Act. As of January 1, 2005 only
portions of the Regional Districts of Fraser Fort George and East Kootenay
Land Partially Within the ALR :
Subdivision of land located partially or totally within the Agricultural
Land Reserve cannot be approved without the permission of the Land Reserve
Commission or local government, if delegated the authority, unless conditions
specified in the Agricultural Land Reserve
Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation,
B.C. Reg. 171/2002 are
Final plans require a notation in the form outlined in
Schedule A of BC Regulation 171/2002. On behalf of the Provincial Approving
Officer, the District Development Technician may check with the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food District
Agriculturist and the appropriate ALC Regional Research Officer for an opinion
on whether the subdivision proposal complies with BC Regulation 171/2002.
Subdividing Land for Farm Purposes : If the subdivision
is for farm purposes or to provide a separate residence and is non-developmental,
the Approving Officer should consider whether it is necessary and reasonable
to protect road widening and access to lands beyond at this time.
Road dedications cannot exceed those allowed by BC Regulation 171/2002.
Access by easement does not satisfy the requirements of the Land Title
Act for access.
Further information, including the Agricultural Land Reserve
Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation, B.C. Reg. 171/2002, can be
found on the Agricultural Land Commission website.