As a result of changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act (ALCA) and Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) Use and General Regulations, the SLRD needs to update zoning bylaws to be in alignment with the Provincial regulatory framework. Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1752-2022 seeks to incorporate these necessary changes into the existing Area B Zoning Bylaw, while also including discretionary changes that are supported by the Area B Agricultural Advisory Committee.
There are two sets of key content changes:
- Zoning: The ALR land has not been properly zoned in Area B; the proposed updates seek to address this issue by creating new AGR zones and appropriately zoning parcels that are partially or fully within the ALR.
- Compliance with Regulations: Bringing the bylaw into alignment with Provincial regulations, including provisions for gathering for an event, agri-tourism, cannabis production, and residential use.
At their meeting of May 25, 2022, the SLRD Board passed the following resolution:
THAT Bylaw No. 1752-2022, cited as "Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area B Zoning Bylaw No. 1300-2013, Amendment Bylaw No. 1752-2022," be introduced and read a first time.
THAT Bylaw No. 1752-2022 be referred to the appropriate First Nations, the District of Lillooet, Provincial agencies including the Interior Health Authority, the Agricultural Land Commission, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, the Ministry of Transportation, and the Area B Agricultural Advisory Committee, for comment.
Based on referral comments received, a report is being brought back before the Board in September 2022 seeking a decision on whether to incorporate key changes recommended by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, as well as the Agricultural Land Commission.
At their meeting of March 30, 2022, the SLRD Board passed the following resolution:
THAT the Board direct staff to amend Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area B Zoning Bylaw No. 1300-2013 as suggested in the staff report except as follows:
In respect of item 2.4 of the staff report, the Electoral Area B Agricultural Committee's recommendation be accepted, specifically that farm status not be required for secondary farm residences to be permitted.
THAT staff bring back a bylaw amendment reflecting the above direction in respect of Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area B Zoning Bylaw No. 1300-2013 for consideration of first reading.