Fewer repeat agricultural applications allowed

The provincial Agricultural Land Commission is shifting the way it does business.

In an effort to preserve B.C.’s agricultural land and to encourage farming, the provincial Agricultural Land Commission is shifting the way it does business.

Last fall, legislative changes enabled the ALC to expand opportunities for farmers and ranchers. For instance, the commission can increase enforcement within the Agricultural Land Reserve by involving officials from other government agencies and levels of government.

“I need your help,” ALC chair Richard Bullock told the regional district board Tuesday.

He noted the “psychological shift” that comes with the changes.

“I’d like you to make that shift with us,” Bullock said.

New legislation places a five-year moratorium on repeat applications to the ALC. Bullock wants a serious decrease in the hundreds of applications it processes each year.

Along with the local agriculture sector, he commended Comox Valley MLA/B.C. Agriculture Minister Don McRae for being a “tremendous supporter of what we do.”

• • •

The board approved submitting an application to the Province for a water licence increase on behalf of the Comox Valley sub-regional water supply system.

The other option is a regional approach.

Noting the complications of purchasing water from BC Hydro through the penstock, Area B director Jim Gillis suggested the board is being shortsighted and needs to consider Cumberland, Royston and the K’ómoks First Nation. He would like more information from the technical committee.

Courtenay directors Jon Ambler and Starr Winchester are both satisfied with how the document is written.

“We can’t apply for Cumberland,” Winchester said. “I think it’s time we moved on with it.”

“My position has always been regional,” Area C director/board chair Edwin Grieve said. “I think that’s where our future lies.”

• • •

The board supports the City of Courtenay’s application for implementing an additional hotel room tax.

The City is in the process of considering applying to the Province for the additional tax. The rate to be imposed is up to two per cent and is for accommodation rentals within the city boundary. Intended use of funds collected are to fund tourism marketing, programs and projects, including the financing and operation of new tourism facilities.

The item stems from a request to Courtenay council from the Comox Valley Economic Development Society and hotel representatives.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cumberland Brewery is looking to expand its patio space temporarily for the summer. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Cumberland Brewery looks for temporary patio expansion

Move would allow business to spread customers outside in summer months

School District 71’s final budget for this school year showed more revenue from distance learning students but less from traditional classroom registration. Record file photo
Comox Valley Schools’ budget grant almost $5.5 million higher than planned

Increase came from a boost in distributed learning rather traditional registration

A&W on Ryan Road confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at their restaurant and temporarily shut its doors. Google Maps photo
Courtenay restaurant temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposure

It’s the latest business in the Valley to be affected by the virus

The CSRHD board moved closer to passing a budget with a $4.4 million cut to the tax requisition. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Comox Strathcona hospital district moves on budget with tax cut

At $12.6 million, budget requisition represents drop of $4.4 million for current year

Courtenay councillor Will Cole-Hamilton, standing at right, sits on steering committees of two organizations that are tackling the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. File photo
Courtenay councillor leads campaign to reduce building-sector GHG emissions

Courtenay councillor Will Cole-Hamilton wants local governments to carry a little more… Continue reading

Dr. Bonnie Henry leaves the podium after talking about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
COVID: 589 new cases in B.C., and 7 new deaths

No new outbreaks being reported Feb. 26

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)
How big is B.C.’s COVID-19 deficit? We’ll find out April 20

More borrowing expected as pandemic enters second year

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

The Canada Revenue Agency says there were 32 tax fraud convictions across the country between April 2019 and March 2020. (Pixabay)
Vancouver man sentenced to 29 months, fined $645K for tax evasion, forgery

Michael Sholz reportedly forged documents to support ineligible tax credits linked to homeownership

Then-Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson looks on as MLA Shirley Bond answers questions during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria. (Chad Hipolito / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. Liberal party to choose next leader in February 2022

Candidates have until Nov. 30 to declare whether they are running

After nearly 10 months of investigations, Mounties have made an arrest in the tripping of an elderly woman in Burnaby this past April. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Mounties charge suspect for tripping elderly woman near Metrotown in April

32-year-old Hayun Song is accused of causing bodily harm to an 84-year-old using her walker

Most Read