Kootenay Local Planning Information
Tools, factsheets and resources for the Kootenay agricultural region on the following local planning topics:
Agriculture Area Plans and Strategies
An agricultural area plan or strategy focuses on a community's farm area. Its purpose is to discover practical solutions to issues and identify opportunities to strengthen farming.
- Boundary Area Agricultural Plan (PDF)
- Regional District of Central Kootenay Agriculture Plan (PDF)
- Regional District of East Kootenay Agriculture Plan (PDF)
Agricultural Land Use Inventories
- Central Region 2011 LUI report (PDF) 2 MB and maps (PDF) 73 MB
- Columbia Valley 2011 report (PDF) 2 MB and maps (PDF) 49 MB
- Elk Valley2011 LUI report (PDF) 2 MB and maps (PDF) 19 MB
The governments of Canada and British Columbia offers funding through the Local Government Agricultural Planning Program in support of projects that will lead to the development of agricultural area plans within municipalities and regional districts. The funding is administered through the Investment Agriculture Foundation.
The Strengthening Farming Program promotes strong working relationships between local and provincial governments and the farming community.
The Agricultural Land Commission produces publications to encourage and enable farm business in B.C.
Regional Planning Support and Organizations
Agri-teams work with local government representatives and members of the farm community on agricultural planning and farm practice issues. Contact an Agri-team member.
Agricultural Advisory Committees
Agricultural Advisory Committees are groups of appointed local agricultural producers who help advise governments on policy, programs and regional issues.
Addressing Farm Practice Concerns
The Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act creates a process to resolve the concerns of the public who have complaints about odour, noise, dust or other disturbances arising from a farm operation. If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, the British Columbia Farm Industry Review Board will determine if the odour, noise, dust or other disturbance results from a normal farm practice.