Surrey Council asks staff to assess and preserve farmland for food security
Surrey, BC – At Monday’s regular council meeting, Surrey Council unanimously passed a motion from Mayor Doug McCallum asking council staff to assess all farmland in the city with conservation in mind. for future food security purposes. Mayor McCallum’s motion also proposed that 220 acres of high-value farmland at 192nd Street and 36th Avenue be designated as farmland as part of the official community plan review taking place next year and to work with the federal and provincial governments to move towards the integration of these lands into the agricultural land reserve.
“Protecting prime agricultural land is fundamental to ensuring the future food security of the region and the province. In particular, the City hopes to see South Surrey’s 220 acres of exceptionally fertile land be preserved and added to the farmland reserve,” Mayor Doug McCallum said. “We will work with the federal and provincial governments to let them know our intention and that we feel our citizens want to see this land protected.
McCallum’s approved motion states that the 220 acres of farmland at 192nd Street and 36th Avenue currently zoned agricultural (A-1) must be designated as agricultural as part of the official community plan review process that will take place in 2023; that the City must work with the federal and provincial governments to advance these lands into the agricultural land reserve; and instructs staff to carry out an assessment of all agricultural and food producing land in Surrey with a view to protecting these lands to meet future food security needs.
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