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City of Powell River, British Columbia, considers regulation of urban farms

powrCity of Powell River council is looking at introducing bylaw amendments that would regulate commercial sales of fruit and vegetables grown on residential lots. Chris Bolster photo.

Bylaw changes would allow licences for agricultural micro-businesses

By Chris Bolster
Powell River Peak
July 22, 2016


City of Powell River council is looking at amending bylaws to regulate urban farms, micro-businesses that have operated in a legal grey zone for years.

Zoning and home-based business bylaw amendments would allow for commercial agricultural production of fruits and vegetables on all one-acre or less parcels of land zoned residential, except in mobile home parks.

“It might shock people to learn that they require a business licence to grow food on their property and sell it,” said city senior planner Jason Gow.

He added that the city is not “busting people for growing food on their property,” but under current regulations, staff is unable to approve business licences for those interested in developing an urban farm on residential properties in much of the city, with the exception of Wildwood.

Without a business licence, it may be more difficult for farming entrepreneurs to obtain required insurance.

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