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Agriculture & Food Security Advisory Committee

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The Agriculture and Food Security Advisory Committee (AFSAC), formerly known as the Agricultural Advisory Committee, assists City Council in developing a plan to sustain the agricultural community and improve agricultural viability in Surrey.
See the complete mandate of the Committee in the .

Committee Chair: Councillor Mike Starchuk

Important Documents

Role of Agriculture and Food Security Advisory Committee

In 1995, the City of Surrey became the first municipality in the Lower Mainland to establish an Agricultural Advisory Committee and is now one of the longest functioning in the province.

The AFSAC plays a prominent role in protecting, enhancing, and promoting agriculture. The AFSAC has:

  • assisted with the development of agricultural policies in the Official Community Plan;
  • played an active role in Surrey's land development review process and preparation of Neighbourhood Plans;
  • supported investment in a comprehensive flood control strategy for the Nicomekl and Serpentine watersheds;
  • promoted initiatives to increase the viability and productivity of farms and the farming community;
  • implemented measures to address conflict in the rural-urban interface;
  • promoted best agricultural practices for farm operations;
  • reviewed and made recommendations to Council regarding subdivisions, rezonings, and development applications in and adjacent to the ALR; and
  • prepared the Surrey Agricultural Plan.

Surrey Farmers' Institute

The Surrey Farmers' Institute is a proactive voice for farmers of Surrey. It provides nominations to the Surrey Agriculture and Food Security Advisory Committee and often identifies issues and concerns for the AFSAC's agenda. The Surrey Farmers' Institute may also handle issues that extend beyond the mandate of the City-appointed AFSAC.

For more information about the Surrey Farmers' Institute, contact the Chair, Daryl Arnold, or the Vice Chair, Mike Bose.

Committee Minutes

See this years' committee meeting minutes and all previous years in the drop downs below.

2018 Meeting Minutes

January 11, 2018

February 1, 2018

March 1, 2018

April 5, 2018

May 3, 2018