RDN to amend bylaws of events gathering on ALR

Board wants commission to give input before making a decision

The Regional District of Nanaimo wants to make its bylaws on event gatherings on Agricultural Land Reserve lands to be consistent with recent amendments to the ALR’s Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulations.

The regulation imposed by the Ministry of Agriculture on Aug. 9, 2016, would allow landowners in the ALR with farm status to host specific events like weddings, concerts and other non-agriculture related commercial activities, provided certain conditions are achieved.

The Board directed staff to undertake a preliminary review of the zoning bylaws, and several opportunities were identified for the RDN to clarify and regulate the newly permitted use.

The current zoning regulations in the regional district do not regulate non-agricultural gathering for an event on ALR land and would become an issue with the new MOA’s use within the ALR.

Staff proposed bylaw amendments to “Regional District of Nanaimo Land Use and Subdivision Amendment Bylaw No. 500, 1987” and “Regional District of Nanaimo Electoral Area ‘F’ Zoning and Subdivision Amendment Bylaw No. 1285, 2002.” They will include setbacks, maximum size, parking, clearly defining terminology, inclusion of Agricultural Land Commission conditions, and expanding the existing temporary-use permit designation to accommodate gatherings for larger events as approved by the ALC.

The goal is to prevent any conflicts on neighbouring properties, promote health and safety at these events, preserve agricultural land and provide opportunities for farmers to subsidize their farm income.

The board, before making a decision on the proposed bylaw amendments, directed staff to refer the matter to the the Agricultural Advisory Committee and to the farming community for feedback.

Staff was also asked to develop an information brochure for “Gathering for an Event in the Agricultural Land Reserve.”

Send story tips to: michael.briones@pqbnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

COVID-19: Classical concerts series season cancelled for 2020-21

Group says scholarship program will continue

PQBeat: Ed Mayne talks COVID-19, potential pool for Parksville

Mayor returns to ‘PQB News’ studios to detail summer plans

Three graduating SD69 students earn prestigious foundation awards

Recipents plan to continue their impactful work in the service of others

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses claim against Island Corridor Foundation

Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose) First Nation was seeking return of reserve land as railway sits unused

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

Nanaimo RCMP ask for help finding missing 19-year-old

Haley Murphy has not been seen since Tuesday, June 30, say police

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

‘Mind boggling’: B.C. man $1 million richer after winning Lotto 6/49 a second time

David O’Brien hopes to use his winnings to travel and of course keep playing the lottery

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

Annual music event in Comox Valley celebrates online instead

Vancouver Island MusicFest holds virtual celebration set for July 10

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Most Read