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Land use plans and zoning by-laws set the direction for development in Manitoba municipalities.
In agricultural areas, these plans and by-laws are required to sustain the industry by:
Every local government creates a development plan, which sets out objectives and policies to guide future land use. For example, an area most suitable for food production should be designated as an agriculture area, making it off-limits for anything other than agriculture and resource-related uses.
A local government then creates a zoning by-law, which:
MAFRI participates at every stage and provides technical input, making sure the province’s goals for agricultural areas are upheld.
These decisions can have a significant impact on production practices, siting, land values and expansion plans. By getting involved in the planning process, producers can help local governments protect existing farm operations and agricultural opportunities for the future. If you are a Manitoba farmer, you should watch for proposed changes and make your views known.
Land Use Planning for Agriculture (PDF 375 KB) outlines the planning process in Manitoba, the purpose of the Provincial Land Use Policies, and informs producers of considerations for their farm operations and how to provide input into the local planning process.
Land Use Planning for Livestock (PDF 336 KB) explains the livestock-related requirements of The Planning Act, local governments’ responsibilities regarding livestock operations and how producers can represent agriculture as local plans are developed.
The Provincial Planning Regulation Portal provides resources to support municipalities, planning districts and others involved with local planning. This portal will take you to the Planning for Agriculture Resource Guide and the MAFRI publication Living, Playing and Working in Farming Communities.
Living, Playing and Working in Farming Communities informs those establishing in rural areas of the realities of farming and the potential conflicts that can arise between residential or recreational development and farming activities. Municipalities are encouraged to use and distribute this publication.
The Planning Act sets out roles and responsibilities for local governments as they develop land use plans and zoning by-laws.
The Provincial Planning Regulation enacts the Provincial Land Use Policies (PLUPs) and sets out requirements for development plans and livestock operations. The PLUPs are based on the principles of sound land use planning, and are intended to guide land use and development decisions. Agriculture is one of nine policy areas described in the PLUPs.
Contact your local MAFRD GO Office.