Gathering for an Event in the Agricultural Land Reserve

Consultation has concluded

The Gathering for an Event in the Agricultural Land Reserve Project is now complete and this page will be archived. Amendment Bylaws 500.413 and 1285.29 were adopted at the May 22, 2018 Regional District of Nanaimo Board Meeting. Thank you to everyone who participated in making this project a success!

Recent changes made by the Ministry of Agriculture have authorized a limited number of secondary on-farm commercial activities (weddings, concerts and other non-agricultural related commercial activities) to take place on properties in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) classified as a farm under the Assessment Act if certain conditions as set out in the new regulations are satisfied.

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is seeking your help in considering the need for additional regulations to mitigate impacts to neighbouring properties while still providing opportunities for farmers to subsidize their on-farm income, preserve agricultural land and promote health and safety at these events.

Stay tuned to this space for opportunities to learn more about gathering for events in the ALR, participate in surveys and be involved in other interactive engagement events by joining the conversation on how to plan for these changes in our region.

Join us in considering the need for a balanced regulatory approach.

Residents, businesses, farmers and anyone interested in agriculture are invited to find out what the RDN has proposed so far for gathering for events in the ALR. Plus, learn more, offer input and participate in the process by providing direction and insight to help guide RDN staff in formulating an approach to address these changes in our Region.

How you can be involved, find out more or provide feedback.

Please register (tab at the top right of this page). By registering you will be kept up-to-date with progress on the proposed zoning amendments for gathering for events in the ALR through our electronic communications.

  • Please read the background information and the reports in the document library prepared as part of this ongoing project.
  • Fill out the survey below. *Survey is now closed, thank you to everyone who participated.
  • Ask us a question in the Q & A section below and we will respond.
  • Answer quick polls when they are posted.
  • Provide your comments.
  • Attend the Public Hearings on April 16 @ 6 PM in the RDN Board Chambers at 6300 Hammond Bay Rd.


The Gathering for an Event in the Agricultural Land Reserve Project is now complete and this page will be archived. Amendment Bylaws 500.413 and 1285.29 were adopted at the May 22, 2018 Regional District of Nanaimo Board Meeting. Thank you to everyone who participated in making this project a success!

Recent changes made by the Ministry of Agriculture have authorized a limited number of secondary on-farm commercial activities (weddings, concerts and other non-agricultural related commercial activities) to take place on properties in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) classified as a farm under the Assessment Act if certain conditions as set out in the new regulations are satisfied.

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is seeking your help in considering the need for additional regulations to mitigate impacts to neighbouring properties while still providing opportunities for farmers to subsidize their on-farm income, preserve agricultural land and promote health and safety at these events.

Stay tuned to this space for opportunities to learn more about gathering for events in the ALR, participate in surveys and be involved in other interactive engagement events by joining the conversation on how to plan for these changes in our region.

Join us in considering the need for a balanced regulatory approach.

Residents, businesses, farmers and anyone interested in agriculture are invited to find out what the RDN has proposed so far for gathering for events in the ALR. Plus, learn more, offer input and participate in the process by providing direction and insight to help guide RDN staff in formulating an approach to address these changes in our Region.

How you can be involved, find out more or provide feedback.

Please register (tab at the top right of this page). By registering you will be kept up-to-date with progress on the proposed zoning amendments for gathering for events in the ALR through our electronic communications.

  • Please read the background information and the reports in the document library prepared as part of this ongoing project.
  • Fill out the survey below. *Survey is now closed, thank you to everyone who participated.
  • Ask us a question in the Q & A section below and we will respond.
  • Answer quick polls when they are posted.
  • Provide your comments.
  • Attend the Public Hearings on April 16 @ 6 PM in the RDN Board Chambers at 6300 Hammond Bay Rd.


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If your neighbor is in the ALR and has farm class under the Assessment Act and intended to host a gathering for an event, what type of regulation would you want to be in place to mitigate impacts to you and your fellow neighbours?

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