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BC Government - Bill 24 - 2014- Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2014

BC Government - Bill 24 - 2014- Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2014

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Bill 24, the Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, introduced by the B.C. Liberals will break apart the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), removing protections from 90% of B.C. farmland and putting it at risk of industrial development.

The Bill will give unaccountable B.C. Liberal appointees the power to allow industrial and residential development on 90% of ALR land.

Bill 24, the Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, introduced by the B.C. Liberals will break apart the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), removing protections from 90% of B.C. farmland and putting it at risk of industrial development.

The Bill will give unaccountable B.C. Liberal appointees the power to allow industrial and residential development on 90% of ALR land.

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Published by: Langley Teachers' Association on Mar 30, 2014
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3/30/2014Bill 24 2014: Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2014http://www.leg.bc.ca/40th2nd/1st_read/gov24-1.htm1/9
Home > Documents and Proceedings > 2nd Session, 40th Parliament > Bills > Bill 24 — 2014: Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2014
2014 Legislative Session: 2nd Session, 40th ParliamentFIRST READING
The following electronic version is for informational purposes only.The printed version remains the official version.
HONOURABLE PAT PIMMMINISTER OF AGRICULTURE
BILL 24 — 2014AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSIONAMENDMENT ACT, 2014
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of theProvince of British Columbia, enacts as follows:
1 Section 1 (1) of the Agricultural Land Commission Act, S.B.C. 2002, c. 36, isamended by adding the following definitions:
"panel"
 means a panel established under section 11;
"panel region"
 means a panel region established under section 4.1;
"zone"
 means a zone established under section 4.2.
2 The following sections are added:
Panel regions
4.1
 The following panel regions are established, consisting of the geographicareas of British Columbia as set out in the Schedule:(a) the Interior Panel Region;(b) the Island Panel Region;(c) the Kootenay Panel Region;(d) the North Panel Region;(e) the Okanagan Panel Region;(f) the South Coast Panel Region.
 
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Zones
4.2
 The following zones are established:(a) Zone 1, consisting of the Island Panel Region, the OkanaganPanel Region and the South Coast Panel Region;(b) Zone 2, consisting of all geographic areas of British Columbianot in Zone 1.
Exercising a power in Zone 2
4.3
 When exercising a power under this Act in relation to land located in Zone 2,the commission must consider all of the following:(a) the purposes of the commission set out in section 6;(b) economic, cultural and social values;(c) regional and community planning objectives;(d) other prescribed considerations.
3 Section 5 is amended (a) in subsection (1) by striking out " 
at least 7 individuals
" and substituting
at least 13 individuals
",(b) by repealing subsection (2) and substituting the following:
(2) The Lieutenant Governor in Council must appoint the following membersof the commission after a merit based process:(a) one chair of the commission;(b) 6 vice chairs of the commission, each of whom must be residentin a different panel region.
 ,(c) in subsection (3) by striking out " 
after a merit based process andconsultation with the chair.
" and substituting " 
after a merit based process.
", and (d) by adding the following subsections:
(3.1) In the event that there is no member of the commission, other than thechair or vice chairs, resident in a particular panel region, the minister mustwithin 90 days appoint a resident of the panel region as a member of thecommission under subsection (3).(3.2) If a member of the commission, including a vice chair but excluding thechair, ceases to be a resident of the panel region in which the member wasresident at the time of appointment, the appointment expires on the date onwhich the member ceases to be a resident of that panel region.
 
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4 Section 8 (3) is amended by striking out " 
necessary for the purposes of thecommission,
 "and substituting " 
necessary for the operations of the commission,
".5 Section 11 is repealed and the following substituted:
Panels
11
 (1) A panel is established for each panel region.(2) Each vice chair is the chair of the panel for the panel region in which he orshe is resident.(3) Each member of the commission other than the chair of the commission isa member of the panel for the panel region in which he or she is resident.(4) The chair of the commission may designate a member of a panel for apanel region as acting chair of the panel in the absence of the chair of thepanel.(5) Subject to subsections (6), (7) and (8), the chair of the commission mayrefer any matter to a panel.(6) The chair of the commission must refer an application under section17 (1) (b) or (c) or (3), 20 (3), 21 (2), 29 (1) or 30 (1) in relation to landlocated within a panel region to the panel established for the panel region.(7) If the commission decides to reconsider under section 33 a decision in anapplication referred to a panel under subsection (6), the chair of thecommission must refer the reconsideration of the original decision to thepanel that made the original decision.(8) Subsections (5), (6) and (7) do not apply to the following:(a) an application for which the power to decide has been delegatedto a local government, first nation or authority under section 26;(b) an application that the chief executive officer may approveunder section 27;(c) an application that the chief executive officer has refused undersection 30.1;(d) a reconsideration of a decision of a panel under section 33.1;(e) an appeal under section 55.(9) A panel has all the powers, duties and functions of the commission inrelation to an application or other matter referred to it, and a decision of apanel is for all purposes a decision of the commission.

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