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Agricultural land in Pitt Meadows is a valuable resource and we are committed to supporting a viable and progressive agriculture industry.
Did you know that 78 percent of Pitt Meadows is agricultural land?
Pitt Meadows has some of the richest agricultural land in Canada, from dairy production, cranberries and blueberries to nursery stock and greenhouse crops. Pitt Meadows ranks sixth amongst BC's municipalities in terms of agricultural production and contributes to 20 percent of BC's overall blueberry production.
Agricultural Land Reserve
The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) refers to a provincially designated land-use zone in which agriculture is recognized as the priority use. Farming is encouraged and non-agricultural uses are controlled. The ALR includes those lands within British Columbia that have the potential for agricultural production. The ALR takes precedence over, but does not replace, other legislation and bylaws that may apply. Local and regional governments, as well as other provincial agencies, are expected to plan in accordance with the provincial policy of preserving agricultural land.
If you have land within the ALR, it means that the land is subject to the Agricultural land Commission Act and ALR regulations. If you wish to subdivide, use your land for non-farm purposes or exclude it altogether from the ALR, you must submit an application to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) and obtain its approval.
The City of Pitt Meadows also works closely with the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) and other agencies as required on Soil / Fill Permit Applications. For more information or to apply for a permit please visit this page.
Interested in Buying ALR Land?
The majority of the land in the City of Pitt Meadows is within the ALR and is subject to its provisions. Before purchasing land, make sure to review the following: Is the land located within the ALR and Are there any previous application decisions on the property?
Frequently Asked Questions
What are considered appropriate Uses for Agricultural Land?
- Agriculture and agricultural buildings
- Construction of one single family dwelling unit and accessory buildings and structures including ancillary service and utility installations and connections, per land registry parcel
- Storage and sale of agricultural products on the individual farm where storage or sale is taking place
- Harvesting of trees
- Ecological reserves
- Wildlife reserves
- Minor highway, road, or railway operations
- Construction and maintenance of dykes
- Land development works
- The keeping of boarders and lodgers
- Farm retail sales
- Bed and breakfast
When is an ALC application required?
An ALC application is required whenever a land owner of property within the Agricultural Land Reserve intends to:
- Include land;
- exclude land;
- subdivide land (including homesite severances);
- and use land for non-farm purposes.
What is considered “farm use”?
Various activities are designated as “farm use” as per the ALC Act and have use regulations. Examples of permitted uses include:
- agri-tourist activities;
- farm retail;
- wineries & cideries;
- equestrian facilities.
Examples of uses that are not outright permitted within the ALR (non-farm uses) include:
- more than one residential dwelling;
- removal of soil;
- placement of fill.
Refer to the ALC website for more information whether a use is or is not permitted within the ALR.