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New legislation to restrict alternate uses of farmland in BC
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New legislation to restrict alternate uses of farmland in BC

Those incorrectly using their farmland will be subject to stricter fines, penalties, and restricitions should new legislation introduced this month be passed.

Under the proposed bill, th maximum house size allowed on Agricultural Land Reserves will be reduced to 500 square metres.

This reduction is an effort to cut down on those building mansions on the properties and flipping them for a massive profit, driving up the cost of farmland in the province, and often putting it out of reach of farmers.

On top of that, the new bill will prohibit the use of ALR land for dumping construction waste and other damaging substances.

New illegal dumping offences introduced with the bill will see fines of up to 1 million dollars or six months in prison for first time offenders.

The legislation is the result of an independant committee review which asked farmers to identify the greatest concerns regarding ALR land.

About Jeff Blagden

News Reporter/ Anchor. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Jeff has a background in sports journalism, and radio hosting. He comes most recently from his post as a morning show host in Chetwynd.

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