Planning Institute of BC

CPL Spring 2016 Webinar Series: Planning & Agriculture - Strengthening Farming
February 25, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
(via Adobe Connect)
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Join us for the first in the PIBC CPL Spring 2016 Webinar Series - Planning & Agriculture - Strengthening Farming. Organized by the PIBC Continous Professional Learning Committee, the PIBC webinar series returns for 2016 with the Spring Webinar Series.

For more information and to register online click here.

Webinar Details:

Date: Thursday Feb. 25th, 2016

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Where: Online Webinar


British Columbia is the most urbanized province in Canada. With its prominent "mountain/valley" physiography, there is a particular focus of urbanization and agriculture within narrow valleys. For example, two relatively small areas of BC (the Okanagan Valley and the southwest portion of BC) account for less than 3 percent of the province's land area. However, these same two areas are home to over 80 percent of British Columbians and generate over 80 percent of the province's annual gross farm receipts. Throughout BC people and agriculture are concentrated in the same areas of the province.

In many communities, lengthy interfaces exist between agriculture and other land uses. Rapid population growth and historic land use patterns have accentuated the potential for land use conflict. BC's diverse agriculture results in many types of farm activities, some of which may lead to concerns from non-farm neighbours about dust, odour, or noise. Farmers also experience impacts from their non-farm neighbours, including trespass, litter, crop theft and flooding from urban development. Agricultural operations are more vulnerable at the urban edge.

Hear and learn from BC Ministry of Agriculture staff about its Strengthening Farming Program, which provides guidance and support for local governments, First Nations and the farming community throughout the province relating to BC’s agricultural legislation.  Highlights of the webinar will include:

  • Edge planning (urban / rural interface)
  • Bylaw referrals
  • Agricultural Land Use Inventories
  • Agri-tourism

Webinar Presenters:

  • Gregory Bartle, MUP - Land Use Planner with the BC Ministry of Agriculture’s Strengthening Farming Program.
  • Alison Fox, P.Ag. - Land Use Agrologist with the BC Ministry of Agriculture's Strengthening Farming Program, Abbotsford, BC.
  • Rob Kline, P.Ag. - Regional Agrologist with the BC Ministry of Agriculture's Strengthening Farming Program.
  • Jessica Lam, MCIP, RPP - Registered Professional Planner, Land Use Planner with the BC Ministry of Agriculture’s Strengthening Farming Program.

For more information and to register online click here.

A Note About Future Webinars: Individuals who register for the this webinar will be eligible to receive a 25% discount for registrations for additional upcoming webinars in the PIBC CPL Spring 2016 Webinar Series, taking place in late March and late April. Register today and stay tuned!

Registration for this webinar closes on Feb. 23rd, 2016.

Questions? Please contact the PIBC office at: (604) 696-5031, Toll-Free: 1-866-696-5031, or by email at