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"People who are sitting on a piece of land that is covered by rocks and trees, land that should never have been in the ALR boundaries in the first place, are constantly being turned down when they want to use their own private land for the purposes of maybe a small subdivision, or maybe they want to put a small campground on it and Omega Seamaster Titane Quartz 120m Price
Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett admits his recent comments on the Agricultural Land Reserve were provocative and that he wanted to spark a reaction.
Now it sounds like Bennett's setting the stage to undermine the ALC, "one of the treasures of this province. "
"It's a fundamental question that we haven't answered but will have to be answered in the process."
belong in a core review, they must be done scientifically, without government interference, and must be done by the commission set up to conduct them, he said by e mail.
The Liberals should have said that before last May's election, he added.
Maple Ridge operations such as Hopcott Premium Meats or the Laity dairy farm create jobs. "All these things are driving our economy in a way that is sustainable."
considers redrawing map of Agricultural Land Reserve
Nicholas Simons, NDP agricultural critic, hopes Bennett isn't trying to use a few bad examples to do something to an institution "that's essential to our province.
Changing the ALR doesn't mean removing good farmland but carving off areas in the Cariboo, Chilcotin, or Kootenays that are filled with rocks and trees with no access to water, that shouldn't have been included in the first place.
Bennett's statements came as he confirmed that the core review of government services that he was leading, also will look at redrawing ALR boundaries.
Bennett is conducting a core review that will look at all government agencies following a previous overhaul that took place in 2001.
"It's going to be very challenging to have people be comfortable with the notion that you can look at the ALR without attacking it," he said Friday.
If his core review results in the ALC getting enough resources to do more boundary reviews, I don't see a problem with that. But they involve more than a guy Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Price
"His comments are either uninformed or troubling and probably both," Simons said.
they've been flummoxed by the land commission for years."
"That's not the purpose of the review." But he admits, just how to change those boundaries without opening up all of the reserve, hasn't yet been figured out.
"The ALC is the best body to determine boundaries, it just needs the resources to do them."
He wants to hear what people think about the emotionally charged topic of redrawing the boundaries of the ALR.
"We are not making good agricultural land more available for development.
Once the core review is complete, it will be up to cabinet to decide whether to put into place any of the recommendations. "They may not like our recommendations."
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NDP candidate in Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Elizabeth Rosenau said she doesn't see it as left right political issue.
with an opinion pointing at a rocky mound and saying "You can't grow peas there."
"If he's talking about a complete review, it's a surprise."
Simons said strenthening the land commission will give it the resources to do science based boundary reviews.
The real question is, "How can we ensure that good agricultural land remains in the reserve and is protected from development, while identifying other opportunities on other lands that's currently in the reserve that shouldn't be there."
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