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% 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, 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, 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: Buying and Owning Land in the ALR
The BC Select Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fish and Food is looking for input on agricultural soil and carbon sequestration. The Committee is interested in hearing from farmers, ranchers, producers, growers, Indigenous organizations and others..