As part of the review of the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) initiated in February 2016, the SLRD Board hired Urbanics Consultants Ltd. to update the RGS population and employment projections, as well as to determine dwelling unit projections for the RGS study area.
The purpose of this sub-regional planning study for the Village of Pemberton, SLRD Electoral Area C and the Lil'wat Nation is to inform overall policy direction within the SLRD Regional Growth Strategy for managing long-term urban growth in the Pemberton - Mount Currie area and to address other areas of interest in Area C. The intended outcome is a coordinated land use planning framework among local governments and First Nations based on mutual trust, respect, understanding and recognition of interests and values, including the mutual benefits of comprehensive land use planning.
An Agricultural Land Use Inventory can be used to understand which agricultural activities are occurring in the surveyed area. It can also assist with analysis on the health of an agriculture zone by looking at the capacity for agricultural expansion, the land that is not available for agriculture, and pressures on agricultural land use within the surveyed area.
The Agriculture Water Demand Model was developed to provide current and future agricultural water demand data. It calculates water use on a property-by-property basis and sums each property to obtain a total water demand for the entire basin or each sub-basin. The Model is based on a Geographic Information System (GIS) database that contains information on crop, irrigation system type, soil texture and climate.
In the summer of 2013, the BC Ministry of Agriculture conducted an Agricultural Land Use Inventory in the District of Lillooet and Electoral Area B of the SLRD. The Inventory was funded in part by the SLRD and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC. The Land Use Inventory can be used to understand which agricultural activities are occurring in the surveyed area. The data provides an estimate of the capacity for agricultural expansion and quantifies the amount of land within the Agricultural Land Reserve that is unavailable for agriculture.
The Pemberton Valley Agricultural Area Plan was initiated by the SLRD in 2008 with the support of the Investment Agricultural Foundation. It was adopted by the SLRD Board in 2012. The appendices to the report include a 2009 Land Use Inventory, SWOT Analysis, Preliminary Market Opportunities Analysis and selected mapping of the Pemberton Valley.
The Pemberton Valley Agricultural Area Plan was initiated by the SLRD in 2008 with the support of the Investment Agricultural Foundation. It was adopted by the SLRD Board in 2012. The plan covers all lands within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) within SLRD Electoral Area C in the Pemberton VAlley, and does not include those lands within the Village of Pemberton or on First Nations reserves.