The nine-member advisory committee appointed last winter to undertake a province-wide consultation and recommend ways to revitalize the Agricultural Land Commission has completed its work.
BC Ministry of Agriculture staff confirmed to Country Life in BC that the committee submitted its final report by the end of December, as scheduled.
“Ministry of Agriculture staff are now reviewing the independent committee’s recommendations,” ministry communications staff said. “Once the review process is complete, the final report will be released to the public.”
Recommendations in the final report will lay a foundation for legislation expected this spring. Speaking shortly after the legislature ended its fall sitting, BC Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said the bills would address governance of the commission.
The fall sitting of the legislature addressed the reserve itself, ending the two zones created in 2014 and tightening regulation of activities within the reserve.
A summary of the committee’s findings was posted online last summer.