VANCOUVER – It appears the provincial government is backing down from some controversial changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve.
The government had been planning to divide the ALR into two zones, protecting land in Metro Vancouver and the Island, while giving farmers more flexibility in other sections of the province.
The idea sparked thousands of angry letters from farmers, along with a campaign on social media, and now the minister responsible says those changes are being reconsidered.
“The key amendments, the two key ones are, that in Zone 1 it’s status quo, in Zone 2, having a little more flexibility in what the ALC can look at,” said Norm Letnick, Agriculture Minister. “But still the primary seed, the number one condition is safeguarding agricultural land for the future.”
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