Feedback sought on farming issues

NANAIMO – Regional District of Nanaimo survey aims to identify barriers.

rict of Nanaimo is eliciting input from electoral area residents and property owners with the aim of eliminating barriers and supporting agricultural activity.

A survey is available at the regional district website and results could lead to amendments to related policies.

Greg Keller, regional district senior planner, said 13 barriers to agriculture have been identified. He said a potential loss of larger parcels of land that have the greatest likelihood of having farm status and the most opportunity to support the broadest range of agricultural uses was one of the barriers.

“So that’s really about protecting our agricultural land base and ensuring that, in the future, we have a broad range of parcel sizes available for agriculture,” said Keller.

The survey is open until Jan. 2 and Keller said results will be tabulated after that.

“We’ll be meeting with our board, our electoral area directors and the agricultural advisory committee and we’ll be discussing the results and some potential for recommendations,” said Keller.

He said the survey is only related to obstacles that are a result of regional district policies and regulation. The project was identified in the 2012 agriculture area plan, he said.

To fill out the survey, please go to www.rdn.bc.ca.

For more information, please contact Keller at 250-390-6510 or 250-954-3798.