Agricultural Area Plan
Expanding agriculture and food production is a key goal within the region. The SCRD’s sustainability plan, We Envision, identifies agricultural planning as being integral to advancing local food security, and one of 13 major strategies towards sustainability. We Envision calls for increasing the amount of, and access to, locally grown and produced food. In particular, the need to localize food production is seen as an opportunity for growing and diversifying the regional economy, increasing our community resilience and enriching our culture.
To address our growing challenge, the SCRD (including the District of Sechelt, Town of Gibsons and shíshálh Nation) with assistance from the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC and its funding partners - the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada developed the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Area Plan as a strategic, action-oriented document to inspire and support localizing the Sunshine Coast’s food system.
The Sunshine Coast Ag Plan provided a collaborative planning opportunity for the whole community, including residents, farmers, food processors, retailers, various levels of government and non-government organizations to articulate a shared vision for Coastal agriculture, and to identify the strategic goals, objectives and actions necessary to realize the vision.
The Ag Plan’s mission is to:
1. Identify opportunities to strengthen farming and develop agriculture as an economic driver;
2. Increase the amount of, and access to, locally grown and produced food;
3. Build community resilience to geopolitical uncertainty, climate change and rising costs of food and energy;
4. Develop clear policies that serve to protect, preserve and promote agriculture while preserving the rural character of the Sunshine Coast.
The Agricultural Area Plan (Ag Plan) covers the lower Sunshine Coast, from Port Mellon to Egmont including the Town of Gibsons, Sechelt Indian Government District, and District of Sechelt.