Saanich Councillor Dean Murdock, writes:
On Monday night, 24 Feb, Council will consider a recommendation from the Environment & Natural Areas Committee to develop a Farmland Trust. The recommendation asks staff to explore possible partnerships with the CRD or neighbouring municipalities and options for the development of a Trust. Staff would report back to Council with options to proceed.
What is a Farmland Trust? Farmland Trusts or Banks are often an arms-length or third party society (like the Saanich Legacy Foundation) that holds acquired or bequested properties for agricultural use. Funds to acquire property can come from a variety of sources, such as grants, donations, development fees or an agricultural levy. Various examples exist around the world, including a program in Langford that is funded by development fees. You can find more information about the concept right here.
To add your opinion to the debate, send an email to the Saanich Mayor & Council in time for Monday’s night’s meeting.