Thursday 17 January 2019

Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) Properties

The ALR is a term that has been around in BC for decades. Most people know it has something to do with farm land, but what is the ALR exactly? Can you build in the ALR zone? What does it mean to own land in the ALR?

Black Creek land in the ALR

According to the BC Government: The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is a provincial zone in which agriculture is recognized as the priority use. Farming is encouraged and non-agricultural uses are restricted. ALR land makes up 5% of BC's total land-base.

This does not mean you can't simply live on ALR property. There is no requirement to farm, however there are restrictions on what else you can do on the land. You can have a single residence. Keep in mind that most ALR land is in an agriculture-rich area, so even if you are not farming your land it is likely that properties around you are being used for agricultural purposes.

portions of Quadra Island are in the ALR

Properties within the ALR should have it noted on their title, although the Agriculture Land Commission (who oversees the ALR) warns that this is not definitive. Mapping is a help in determining what land is within the ALR as well, and the ALC website hosts a number of mapping applications.

ALR map for Black Creek and Courtenay areas

Vancouver Island has a number of regions with ALR land, so it is good to do your homework when it comes to owning property in this distinct land class.

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