AgriReview Task Force Q&A
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Questions from the January 20, 2022, Task Force Meeting

Nine agribusiness and agritourism operators or landowners adjacent to agribusiness agritourism operations made presentations to the Agritourism Agribusiness Review Task Force (the Task Force) on January 20, 2022.  Several of the presenters had questions that were tabled at that meeting.   These questions and the responses are provided

In reviewing the questions and responses, it is important to note the following: 

  • The questions and comments are in response to draft definitions and core criteria for Agritourism, Agritourism Events, and Diversified Agribusiness being considered by the Task Force.
  • The Task Force will be considering the draft definitions and core criteria, including any suggested amendments, as part of a report of recommendations to be submitted to Sturgeon County Council for review and further direction.
  • None of the definitions or criteria are being considered for inclusion in Sturgeon County’s Land Use Bylaw at this time.
  • Amendments to the Land Use Bylaw will only take place after receiving direction from Sturgeon County Council to proceed.
  • Upon direction from Council, Sturgeon County Administration will put forward a proposed bylaw to amend the Land Use Bylaw to include Agritourism, Agritourism Events, and Diversified Agribusiness.
  • Should Council give first reading of a proposed bylaw, there will be an opportunity for public feedback as part of a Public Hearing, before Council considers second and third reading.

As The Task Force is still in the review stage of this process, it may not be possible to provide detailed responses to the questions at this time. Questions and concerns raised by the public, including the questions below, are provided to the Task Force for their consideration in the recommendations report they are to provide to Sturgeon County Council.

Please note: Sturgeon County Administration received emails asking questions regarding specific venues currently in operation. As the questions do not relate to the request to provide feedback on the draft definitions and core criteria, the questions and responses are not included in the summary below.

Questions and Answers

The restrictions regarding permanent facilities were based on the review of regulations and best practices from other jurisdictions. At this time, the Task Force has not proposed any recommendations regarding the permanency of event structures. As noted, all the regulations circulated were for comment and will be subject to further review.  Event venues issues were raised by multiple residents and the Task Force will be considering the matter shortly.


The 10-event limit was determined through review of event regulations and best practices from other jurisdictions and will be subject to further review and potential change by the Task Force as part of their report of recommendations to Sturgeon County Council. Confirmation and enforcement of any limits proposed will be determined by Administration should they be brought forward to Council for consideration.


The Task Force will provide recommendations regarding event permits as part of their report to Sturgeon County Council.  Event venues issues were raised by multiple residents and the Task Force will be considering the matter shortly.


The Task Force can only make recommendations to Council.  It would be Sturgeon County Council who would have to determine if additional resources for enforcement are to be allocated.


The draft definitions and core criteria were based on the review of regulations and best practices from other jurisdictions.  The Task Force will review the draft definitions and criteria, as well as responses from the public, and where necessary further revise the definitions and regulations in their report for Council consideration.


The restrictions regarding permanent facilities were based on the review of regulations and best practices from other jurisdictions. At this time, the Task Force has not proposed any recommendations regarding the permanency of event structures. As noted, all the regulations circulated were for comment and will be subject to further review.  Event venues issues were raised by multiple residents and the Task Force will be considering the matter shortly.


As noted, all the regulations circulated were for comment and will be subject to further review. The Task Force will provide their final recommendations regarding event permits, including number of events, as part of their report to Sturgeon County Council.


Current operators will need to comply with the regulations that are adopted by Sturgeon County Council.  Current operators will be required to apply for any required permits.  Recommendations to provide a “grace period” to come into compliance are being considered.


The Task Force can only make recommendations to Council. It will be the decision of Sturgeon County how to facilitate events for the 2022 season. Administration is considering recommendations to provide a “grace period” to come into compliance are being considered.


The Task Force is currently reviewing the draft definitions and criteria, as well as responses from the public, in their report for Council consideration. No recommendations or proposals have been made to Sturgeon County Council at this time. Any decisions regarding enforcement would be made by Sturgeon County Council.


On March 9, 2021, Sturgeon County Council approved the initiation of the AgriBusiness Agritourism Review and passed Bylaw 1538/21 to create the task force. The public was invited to apply to be part of the Task Force as part of the County’s open call for board and committee members starting March 23. Applicants were interviewed by Sturgeon County Council and on May 11, 2021, the successful candidates were officially appointed to the Task Force.


The Task Force is currently reviewing the draft definitions and criteria, as well as responses from the public, in their report for Council consideration. No recommendations or proposals have been made to Sturgeon County Council at this time.


The Task Force will provide recommendations regarding event permits, including the length of time for permits, as part of their report to Sturgeon County Council.


The draft definitions and core criteria were based on the review of regulations and best practices from other jurisdictions.  The Task Force will review the draft definitions and criteria, as well as responses from the public, in their report for Council consideration. At this time, no decisions or recommendations have been made with respect to notifications or appeals.


The Task Force can only make recommendations to Council.  It would be Sturgeon County Council who would have to determine if additional conflict resolution measures would need to be implemented.


For the purposes of developing a definition and the appropriate core criteria for Agritourism, Agritourism Event, and Diversified Agribusiness, we felt it important to reach out to those directly engaged in the activity or living near or adjacent to an existing operation. 384 letters were sent out known agribusiness operators and adjacent landowners to those operators.  The definitions and survey were also available on the County’s web page, available to all.