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Proposed changes to Agricultural Land Commission alarm local pols, who promise to fight any giveaways

November 8th, 2013 · 110 Comments

Lots of shock yesterday re Mark Hume’s story in the Globe with a leaked copy of proposed changes to the ALC, which would see it moved inside a provincial ministry and have its mandate altered to take into account economic factors.

Metro Vancouver’s planning committee was already planning to vote on a motion today asking to ensure the ALC is not weakened in any way. The news about the legislation ought to add considerable fuel to that debate.

Richmond Councillor Harold Steves, in the follow-up story Mark and I did for today, also warned that Metro would make sure no agricultural land is let go in the Lower Mainland, using the new, strengthened provisions of the Regional Growth Strategy.

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