Supporting value-added agriculture through zoning in British Columbia: A best practice analysis
Farmers in British Columbia are facing an increasing number of challenges, threatening the viability of the industry. Value-added agriculture is an essential part of a sustainable food system and vibrant farm sector that can improve farmer resiliency through the diversification of farm operations. Federal and Provincial governments are recognizing the importance of value-added agriculture and are working to help create initiatives at a local level. Local governments play an important role in the establishment of value-added agriculture in communities through zoning; however, there is a lack of research informing this level of policy and bylaw. This thesis examines standard zoning designations and value-added agriculture typologies to determine compatibility within typical municipal zones. The findings of this thesis inform best practice recommendations for local governments interested in supporting value-added agriculture, outside of the ALR, in their communities.