Agricultural Committee Review

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The Peninsula and Area Agricultural Commission (PAAC) serves the communities of Saanich, Central Saanich, North Saanich and Metchosin (both the District of North Saanich and the District of Metchosin also have their own agricultural committees). The stated purpose of PAAC is to advise the municipalities on matters involving agriculture, and, to facilitate the development of programs for implementation of the Saanich Peninsula Agricultural Strategy objectives and keep the Municipalities advised of these programs.

The District of Central Saanich 2024-2027 Strategic Plan includes a priority to “Cultivate a Resilient Economy and Thriving Agricultural Sector”, and a goal to “support the agricultural community and encourage farming that improves food security.” The District’s Strategic Implementation Plan has identified an update to Central Saanich’s Agricultural Area Plan in 2026, which is a strategy for a community's farm area designed to identify opportunities to strengthen farming.

Recently Central Saanich Council advised staff to review the possibility of withdrawing from the Peninsula & Area Agricultural Commission to focus on district-specific agricultural activities, and hearing from District farmers; however Council wanted to reach out to the agricultural community before making any decisions. Results from this survey will be presented to Council in September 2024.

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Deadline: August 15, 2024.