NEWS RELEASE · 19th July 2012
City of Terrace
The City of Terrace and the Regional District of Kitimat‐Stikine are developing an Agricultural Area Plan (AAP) for this region. Working together with the Ministry of Agriculture they are conducting an Agricultural Land Use Inventory (ALUI) beginning mid‐July. Surveys are being conducted to capture data visible from publicly accessible lands and roads. Where visibility is limited, data may be interpreted from aerial photographs and local knowledge.
Ted Pellegrino, Planner for the RDKS, highlighted states “the Plan will identify practical issues and opportunities to strengthen farming and our community’s long term agricultural sustainability by developing policies for inclusion in our Community Plans and Zoning Bylaws which support agriculture. In developing the Plan we hope to build a relationship with local producers and create a community vision for agriculture. We hope to raise public awareness of the benefits of a local agriculture industry”.
Regional agricultural production has been declining in the region in recent years and a substantial amount of the fertile land base is not in production. However, detailed data related to food production in the region is lacking. Corrine Roesler, Land Information Coordinator with the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands says “conducting an ALUI will provide a unified and consistent inventory across the region. Once completed local government will be able to accurately define the amount of actively farmed land in the region as of 2012, have a benchmark for monitoring land use change and have a better understanding of the challenges facing agriculture and also to identify opportunities to improve land use and resource compatibility”.
The ALUI is part of a two‐phase project. The second phase will also commence summer 2012 and includes community based research focused on local stakeholders as well as an analysis of local economic data. Residents interested in learning more about or participating in this planning process or in our survey of residents are invited to visit the City of Terrace or Regional District websites.
The Plan area includes the City of Terrace and surrounding unincorporated areas north to Rosswood, west to New Remo, east to Chimdemash and south to Old Remo and Lakelse Lake. Funding for this project is being provided by City of Terrace, the Regional District of Kitimat‐Stikine and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC through programs it delivers on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture, in addition to in-kind contributions from the BC Ministry of Agriculture and the University of Victoria.
Comment by cb on 24th July 2012
I would love to quit my job and devote my time to farming on my land. The thing is, there is no money for something that requires most of your time. We would all love to have locally grown food on our plates, but it is not realistic for those with the land to do so. Most of these lands should already be identified as agricultural land reserve. Seems like a waste of tax dollars, unless they are planning on subsidising those landholders if they do produce locally grown food. The very little tax breaks you get with Small farm status is just not enough when you look at the time, effort, and equipment involved.