South Okanagan residents who want to have a say about agricultural land use in the area can take their thoughts to a new online portal.
A consultation period hosted by the Agricultural Land Commission is underway as the provincial Ministry of Agriculture ponders a revitalization of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).
The ALR is a provincial zone in which agriculture is recognized as the priority use, farming is encouraged and non-agricultural uses are restricted.
The online survey focuses on 10 themes, including resilience, stable governance, food security, residential uses in the ALR, farm processing and sales in the ALR and unauthorized uses of ALR land.
The committee will also be hosting regional stakeholder meetings — including one in Kelowna — but those hearings will only involve invited representatives.
To participate in the discussion online, visit agriculturallandreserve.
The committee is expected to use the input it receives during the engagement process to develop recommendations for the provincial government’s consideration.
The recommendations may include changes to the current legislative, regulatory, and administrative framework to revitalize the land reserve and its administrative commission.