The Agricultural Land Fee denied an utility from the Seventh Day Adventist Church to retain and increase a car parking zone and playfield within the Agricultural Land Reserve in Salmon Arm.
The appliance involving the parcel within the 3000 block of sixtieth Avenue NE was supported by town’s agricultural advisory committee in addition to metropolis council.
Based on the ALC choice, the church utility mentioned the car parking zone and the playfield had been expanded to the east within the mid-Nineties onto the second of two parcels within the ALR with out permission.
In November 2020, the applicant contacted the ALC for clarification on makes use of permitted on the primary parcel – the westernmost one containing the church buildings. The present utility relating to the second parcel was submitted subsequent to the 2020 letter.
The appliance was half of a bigger undertaking to increase the church by 1,700 sq. metres on the primary parcel. The proposal to increase the car parking zone and playfield on the second parcel would help the church growth.
The church growth would additionally require elimination of an current shed from the playfield on the second parcel, and the relocation of the septic subject from the primary parcel onto the second.
The appliance would additionally contain the position of fill and gravel.
The choice of the ALC panel famous that a lot of the property is at present forested; nonetheless, it mentioned, the agricultural functionality scores apply whether or not the land is cleared or forested. As well as, the ALC pointed to a 520-square metre backyard on the property.
“For that reason, the Panel finds the Property is able to supporting agricultural crops. The Panel thought-about the proposal to completely approve the car parking zone, playfield, septic system and related fill on the Property… The proposed non-farm makes use of on the Property would make the most of roughly one-third of the Property and therefore the Panel finds that the Proposal would completely and negatively influence the dimensions of the world out there for agriculture… The Panel should take into account the long-term impacts of nonfarm makes use of past the present possession of the Property,” reads the choice.
For the explanations acknowledged, the panel refused the proposal to retain and double the dimensions of the prevailing 0.11-hectare car parking zone and to retain and increase the prevailing 0.29-hectare playfield to 0.37 hectares.
On the metropolis’s Nov. 7 growth and planning assembly, Coun. Tim Lavery remarked on the ALC’s transfer to guard agricultural land when it’s forested.
“It’s actually indicative of not simply prior to now 12 months however the previous variety of years, a change for the ALC to defend the agricultural capabilities of a property, regardless whether or not it’s treed or not, and no matter whether or not it’s in manufacturing or not. So it’s very fascinating and I feel it provides an extra flavour in understanding the ALC rationale,” he mentioned.
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