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Guide to Edge Planning: Promoting Compatibility Along Agricultural – Urban Edges

Government of BC
Published: 2015
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A guidebook for planners to assist in mitigating agriculture – urban edge conflicts in Edge Planning Areas (EPAs).  The guide defines EPAs as agricultural and urban lands near the ALR boundary that are experiencing growth and urban development pressures, with the potential for conflict.
The guide includes an introduction to edge planning, including its rationale and the role of local governments.  It positions edge planning in the planning process and provides suggested steps for the planning practitioner to undertake. It also outlines a variety of edge planning tools, including both urban-side and agriculture-side measures aimed at reducing conflicts.  Examples of urban-side tools range from performance objectives to subdivision, site, and open space design considerations.  Agriculture-side tools include everything from noise and odour management guidelines to buffers and setbacks.  Each tool overview includes suggestions for implementation (e.g. under which bylaw the tool could be implemented). Design specifications and implementation considerations are also provided, as well as a few case studies to illustrate implementation of some of the tools on the ground. 
A series of practical appendices include Development Permit Area (DPA) guidelines for farmland protection, buffer plants, fencing specifications, definitions, agricultural unit conversions, and references.
Subject Areas:
  • Agriculture
  • Land Use
  • Development Permit Area
  • Official Community Plan
  • Regional Growth Strategy
  • Regulatory Bylaw
  • Zoning Bylaw
  • Background Information
  • Sample Bylaw Language
  • Sample Plans/Policies/Strategies
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