UPDATED Leduc County approves draft agriculture strategy

Leduc County council has decided to move ahead with drafting a new, more highly focused agriculture strategy.

Leduc County councillor Tanni Doblanko

Following months of public engagement and research, and a final meeting in early February, Leduc County council has decided to move ahead with drafting a new, more highly focused agriculture strategy.

“Of course agriculture has always been important in Leduc County,” said steering committee member and county councillor Tanni Doblanko.

The principals of the agriculture strategy are: formally recognize agriculture’s important role in Leduc County, recognize and protect the priority agricultural land, limit land fragmentation in priority agricultural areas, and implement multi-pronged support for long-term success.

Doblanko says fragmentation of agricultural land is also a personal concern of hers as well as a pillar she ran on.

“We believe the vision and principles accurately represent what was heard during the public consultation and support the consultant’s research. We now can continue with the development of the agriculture strategy,” said Audrey Kelto, Agricultural Service Board chair and division seven councillor in a press statement released by Leduc County.

Doblanko says having this agriculture strategy will give the county better opportunities to explain how important agriculture and ag land are to the present and future of the county.

“The Capital Regional Board (CRB) also added agriculture to one of its areas,” said Doblanko. “If CRB is going to have a policy then Leduc County should have one too.”

Doblanko says Leduc County is far from being the only county in the area increasing the importance on agriculture in recent times. “I think there’s really been a notion that it’s becoming more and more important.”

From the public response, Doblanko says there was some opinions revealed that were a bit of a surprise; including a belief system that farm land carries a higher value than what it can offer economically. This system includes farmers have the right to farm and what farmland can produce in its time is more valuable than what a developer will pay for it.

Once the strategy is in place it will be able to inform the county’s Municipal Development Plan. “It will be a vision for policy and bylaws,” said Doblanko.

“It will impact on how we look at subdivisions It’s really being mindful,” she added.

The agriculture plan will help council think and operate more strategically when it comes to development or linking like endeavours. Doblanko says there are many businesses that can operate in different locations while farmers can only farm successfully on agricultural land.

She adds while some strategies will take a while to implement it gives council a vision to “hang its hat on.”

From the county

Please note, the strategy is a draft only at this time. At this time, Leduc County council has approved the draft agriculture strategy, which will be presented to the public at a series of open houses starting next week. Based on the feedback received from attendees at the public consultations, the draft will be modified and bought back to council in April for possible final approval and implementation.

Just Posted

City of Wetaskiwin saves nearly $1M, restructures staff

‘Streamlining’ results in 10 positions eliminated at City of Wetaskiwin

Maskwacis RCMP seek three in home invasion case

Maskwacis RCMP investigate home invasion

Rezoning for farmyard defeated by county Dec. 6

County of Wetaskiwin council votes 3-4 against rezoning

Alberta – An energy province

Prosperity of oil and gas industry needs to be assured

Sylvan Lake’s Megan Cressey misses Freestyle Skiing Big Air podium

Alberta’s Jake Sandstorm captured silver in the men Freestyle Skiing Big Air contest

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

Ponoka host to Bayer Crop Science seed innovations trade show

The company held a trade show with seed crop science industry partners at the ag event centre

Peter Tork, Monkees’ lovable bass-guitar player, dies at 77

Tork, Micky Dolenz, David Jones and Michael Nesmith formed the made-for-television rock band

Lacombe welcomes ‘Napalm Girl’ to discuss journey from hatred to forgiveness

Latest Herr Lecture to feature Kim Phuc Phan Thi at LMC

Millennial men least likely to have a family doctor: Statistics Canada

Report found more women have primary care physicians, compared with men

Alberta to play for gold in wheelchair basketball

Action-packed first week of Canada Winter Games nearly a wrap

Most Read