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How the ALR was Established

Up to the 1970's nearly 6000 hectares of prime agricultural land were lost each year to urban and other uses. The Provincial government responded to the serious erosion of our agricultural land base by introducing BC's Land Commission Act on April 18, 1973.

A Commission, appointed by the Provincial government, established a special land use zone to protect BC's dwindling supply of agricultural land. This zone was called the "Agricultural Land Reserve".

The ALR was established between 1974 to 1976 through cooperative efforts with regional districts and member municipalities. Local input on an ALR plan was gained through a public hearing process.

Initially the ALR comprised 4.7 million hectares (5% of the province). Despite boundary changes over the decades, its area remains approximately the same.