|2003/04 – 2005/06 SERVICE
Provincial Agricultural Land Commission
am pleased to present the 2003/04 – 2005/06 Service Plan of
the Agricultural Land Commission, an agency reporting to me but
operating under its own enabling legislation, the Agricultural
Land Commission Act.
The Commission is charged with preserving agricultural land and
encouraging and enabling farm businesses throughout British Columbia.
It accomplishes these goals by managing the Agricultural Land Reserve
(ALR) in collaboration with local governments, public agencies and
other stakeholders. A protected agricultural land base provides
opportunities for the expansion of agriculture and other compatible
activities, to help achieve economic growth throughout the province.
The work of the Commission addresses government goals and the ministry's
objectives for promoting economic development while protecting social
and environmental values.
In the past year government has achieved its commitment to make
the Commission more regionally responsive to community needs by
implementing a new structure for the Commission based on six regional
panels. It has focused the work of the Commission on agricultural
land preservation. And it has passed new legislation to provide
the Commission with additional tools to manage the Reserve more
efficiently and effectively, in partnership with local governments
and other public agencies. The Commission is well poised to continue
its work. It is a made-in-BC success story which has contributed
to the expansion of the agricultural economy in BC for over 30 years.
This Service Plan details the Agricultural Land Commission's vision,
mission and objectives, all of which support government direction.
The plan includes performance measures that will be used to assess
the Commission's progress in achieving its objectives.
The agriculture industry in British Columbia remains a strong and
stable contributor to the provincial economy. A secured land base
is a fundamental requirement for the continuing growth of this critical
industry. Government supports this growth in order to provide jobs
for British Columbians, abundant food and high quality products
for export. Government is committed to maintaining the broader public
interest in protecting farmlands and to ensuring that sustainable
farmlands continue to help build sustainable communities.
Honourable Stan Hagen
Minister of Sustainable Resource Management