East Kootenay Ag Plan


The Agricultural Plan was adopted by the RDEK Board on October 3, 2014.

The Agricultural Plan can be accessed via the link below: 

Agricultural Plan - Consolidated

About the Agricultural Plan

The Agricultural Plan process is a unique opportunity for the Regional District and local agricultural sector to recognize the importance of agriculture and draft a planning document from a uniquely agricultural perspective. The development of the Agricultural Plan is a partnership of the Regional District, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Agricultural Plan Steering Committee (APSC). An independent consultant assisted with engaging the agricultural sector, public consultation and development of the Agricultural Plan.

The Agricultural Plan focuses on the potential for viable, sustainable and diversified agriculture in the East Kootenay region.  The Agricultural Plan is a Regional District policy document.  It identifies key issues / opportunities, makes recommendations for future actions and includes a strategy for implementation.

The Agricultural Plan is an opportunity to:

  • Identify a clear vision for agriculture.
  • Make recommendations to amend RDEK bylaws, plans and policies.
  • Make recommendations to changes to Provincial legislation, regulations and policies.

The Agricultural Plan is not intended to:

  • Result in new regulations.
  • Review the boundaries of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).

The Agricultural Plan Terms of Reference was adopted by the Regional District on March 2, 2012 and helped guide the development of the Agricultural Plan. To view the Terms of Reference, click the link above.

Land Use Inventory

Last summer, the Regional District retained David Struthers a local Agrologist, as well as a GIS database technician to complete an inventory of ALR land throughout the RDEK to provide insight into the current state of agriculture.  The Ministry of Agriculture, Strengthening Farming Program, methodology to conduct a ‘windshield survey’ of 6,989 parcels that represent 139,029 hectares of land.  The Central Subregion Agriculture Land Use Inventory (ALUI) and , Columbia Valley and Elk Valley Subregion ALUI Reports and Associated Maps are now posted (see Inventory Reports tab above).

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