Secondary residences in the Agricultural Land Reserve in the Regional District of North Okanagan must now be approved by the local government and the Agricultural Land Commission following provincial changes. (file)

Secondary dwellings in North Okanagan’s ALR not banned: Ministry

Provincial changes require additional approval for mobile, manufactured homes on farmland in RDNO

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) reminded its residents to submit applications for secondary dwellings on properties within the Agricultural Land Reserve by Thursday, as they would be prohibited Feb. 22, 2020, after changed provincial regulations go into effect.

But the only change that will affect secondary residences come February is the processes manufactured or mobile homes must go through before approval, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Applications will have to go through two levels of approvals — the RDNO and the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC).

Secondary residences — manufactured or mobile — on ALR lands will not be banned.

In February 2019, provincial regulations changed affecting properties within the ALR and a major change involves secondary residences for a member of the property owner’s immediate family.

The RDNO said residents within the building inspection area (Electoral Areas B, C, D, E, F, Lumby and Spallumcheen) must obtain building permits before the Feb. 22 deadline. They had recommended applications be in by Jan. 23, as at least 30 days are required by staff to assess them.

The ministry clarified that while regulations were being revised, people had already purchased manufactured homes for immediate family and this backlog was granted a “grandfathering period,” extending deadlines for people not farming on the ALR to have manufactured homes on their property.

Following the deadline, the agriculture ministry said applications will still be considered, they will just have to undergo additional consideration from both the local government and ALC.

According to the ministry, the ALC reviews every application on a case-by-case basis as each farm and ranch is different and has its own residential needs that change over time. The ALC makes a decision based on specific facts that are consistent with its mandate.

A core part of the ALC’s mandate is to protect farmland for farming.

The reason for the provincial changes regarding secondary dwellings on ALR lands in the first place, the ministry said, was to ensure land would remain affordable for those intending to farm it — as it was so purposed.

READ MORE: Applications due for secondary dwellings in ALR in North Okanagan

READ MORE: Telus invests in Vernon youth’s mental health


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Government

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fiery collision involving truck closes Highway 1 at Three Valley Gap

Drivers should expect major delays and congestion; estimated time of re-opening is 2 p.m.

Spectators asked to be on best behaviour at Shuswap school sporting events

Policy asks that spectators make positive comments remain silent

Rezoning to accommodate Ashley Furniture store highlights traffic concerns

Developer would like covenant requiring traffic study to exclude furniture store site

Knights of Columbus step up for Shuswap community groups

Organizations from Shuswap, Thompson regions receive $15,000

Silverbacks forward receives BCHL Community Hero Award

Award presentation for Coalson Wolford to take place Sunday, Feb. 23

VIDEO: B.C. senior recalls ‘crazy’ wartime decision to grab bear cub from den

Henry Martens – now 96 – says he was lucky to be alive after youthful decision to enter a bear’s den

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

‘Nothing surprises us anymore:’ U.S. border officials find brain in package

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment

Prolific offenders from Alberta lead RCMP on chase from Kelowna to Abbotsford

Men first reported in Chilliwack ending with allegedly stolen vehicle in an Abbotsford pond

Adapting to love along the Columbia River

One man starts a GoFundme to help his partner with health costs caused on the trip where they met

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Eyes on police after Trudeau orders blockades torn down, injunctions enforced

The RCMP in B.C. have sent a letter to the traditional leaders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

Most Read