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Committee kicks off public engagement on ALR revitalization — 2 Comments

  1. Reading the discussion paper, it looks like they are looking at how they can make things more restrictive and regulated. Changing the rules to be more limiting and restrictive is unfair to people who have purchased land already as it lowers the value of the asset and the ease of ownership. I feel like the current regulations recognize that in order to make ALR use and ownership viable, there needs to be appropriate allowances for ancillary uses to support the primary purpose and permissive regulations rather than restrictive. This is an important component and my reading of the discussion paper suggests that the current agriculture minister does not understand this point. There should at least be an equal focus on making ALR ownership more attractive when they are looking at changes that will make ALR ownership less attractive. It’s quite frustrating to be the owner of an asset the government specifically targets for devaluation. If they’re going to work to devalue an asset ostensibly for the overall benefit of the province, shouldn’t they compensate the owners of that asset? Government should recognize that by leaving ALR owners with the uncertainty of looming unspecified changes to the biggest asset they own, they effectively discourage the ownership of farmland as there is no certainty that Government won’t turn around and mess up your plans tomorrow with changes to regulations. In a nutshell, come up with decent rules and regs, and then leave them as is unless absolutely necessary.

  2. I like how they do it in Germany. Agricultural land is specially designated, like here in BC with ALR zoning, but a separate market price is set by the government, per acre of designated farmland, making it much more affordable and accessible, with less of a debt burden for farmers to carry. The catch is: only those with proof of recognized agricultural education and training, such as college degrees/diplomas/certifications, are permitted to purchase agricultural land. And proof of food production for sale in community markets is required. 🙂