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Comox Valley Agricultural Area Plan by cus77764

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									         Comox Valley
Agricultural Area Plan

        Beth Rees, Planner
        Regional District of
        Comox- Strathcona
Comox Valley Agricultural Plan
 Location
 Funding & participants
 Phases & Reports
 Accomplishments / Products
 What worked well
 Different next time
 Implementation steps
Regional District of
Comox-Strathcona




                       Courtenay
                       & Comox
Why have an agricultural plan for
the Comox Valley?
                    Recognise its long
                     history of agriculture
                    Understand the
                     importance of farming
                     in the Comox Valley
                    Further the
                     development of
                     socially, culturally,
                     environmentally, &
                     economically
                     sustainable farming
Comox Valley Ag Plan
Funding Contributions
   Regional District of Comox/Strathcona   $10,000
   BCMAFF RMB                              $10,000
   BCMAFF/ALC         (in-kind)            $ 3,000
   Agriculture Community                   $ 1,000
   Agriculture Community (in-kind)         $ 3,000
   Municipal Affairs                       $20,000
   Investment Agriculture Foundation       $20,000
                                            ----------
                                            $67,000
Phase l - $20,000
Phase ll - $40,000
In-kind - $ 7,000
Comox Valley Ag Plan
Advisory Committee Structure
 Regional District Comox-Strathcona
 BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
 Agricultural Land Commission
 Comox Valley Farmers’ Institute
 Agricultural Advisory Committee
 Island Farmers’ Alliance
 Comox Valley Farmers’ Market Association
Comox Valley Agricultural Plan
Phase 1 - Reports 1 & 2
 Report 1: History &             Report 2: Issues &
     Resources                     Opportunities

 Regional context           Economic issues &
 Policy & regulatory         opportunities
  context                    Infrastructure issues &
 Agricultural capability     opportunities
  & resources
 Agricultural economy
Comox Valley Agricultural Plan
Phase 2 – Implementation Report
 Themes & Objectives
       Water management
       Land management

       Agricultural / environmental stewardship

       Agricultural opportunities

       Food security, market development, safety,

        & quality
       Agricultural awareness

 Implementation & Monitoring
 Comox Valley Agricultural Plan
 Accomplishments
 Agricultural Plan completed
  and accepted by the RDCS
  Regional Board
 Stronger understanding and
  linkages between farmers and
  government.
 Number of tools developed
  that support agriculture in
  the Comox Valley
 On-going implementation of
  the Plan.
Brochures & Growers Guide
Land Use Inventory
  Comox Valley Agricultural Plan
  What Worked
 Overall the process was successful
 Two step approach (phasing) was effective
 Plan content / information is good
 Good regional statistics
 Plan products are useful
 Plan provides a policy reference point
 Fall Fair information dissemination concept
 Ag Plan Steering Committee
 Comox Valley Agricultural Plan
 What Worked
 Steering Committee
   Committee Representation
   Good ownership by the Committee members
   Effective control – sending the contractor back
     to rework things
   Consultants reporting to the Committee
   Provided model for Implementation Committee
   Implementation is happening…..
Comox Valley Agricultural Plan
What would be different next time
 Carefully develop the Requests for Proposals and
  Terms of Reference
 Think about desired outcomes
 Start from an implementation perspective
 Ensure interpretation of the Terms of Reference
  is clear - “Get everyone on the same page”
Comox Valley Agricultural Plan
What would be different next time
 Get all decision makers / stakeholders involved
  early
 Fully develop strategies for involvement of the
  community and adjacent jurisdictions
 Show tangible results early – maintain profile!
 Find a way to transition plan information to
  new players (politicians, staff, producers,
  public)
Comox Valley Agricultural Plan
What would be different next time
 Find implementation funding / obtain
  commitment in advance
 Implementation can be a challenge –
  recognize the complexity / the diverse
  responsibilities
 Expectations are often high and unrealistic
 Encourage farmers to lead some of the
  implementation
Comox Valley Agricultural Plan
What would be different next time
 Be patient, bold, creative & imaginative
 Foster passion
 Try to keep the plan and plan products current
 Celebrate your successes!
 Implement, implement, implement…
Implementation: Who/How/When

 RDCS/MAFF Coordination
 Informal structure
 Task Sub-Committees
 Project Driven
 Semi-Annual Monitoring
 Reality Checks - Informal
  committee structure, resources
  & energy levels !
What’s Next
 Implementation Committee on-going
 Forming new linkages
 Identify next tasks and responsibilities
 Funding opportunities
 It’s already time for review of and update
  to the plan!
Comox Valley
Agricultural Area Plan




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