Media was abuzz today with the rumours of a feedlot possibly coming to Sooke (see this March 24 SPN article for the first news issued on the matter).
CTV ran a clip (below) on it after interviewing the mayor, the owner’s representative Stephanie Davidson, and a few local residents. CFAX also covered it, as did the morning show on CBC (who interviewed only the mayor, clip not available).
At the Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Davidson presented to Council, requesting their support to have the land removed from the ALR. While there, Davidson stated that if the land cannot be removed, the owner (Anthony Laughren) will then need to monetize the lands through agricultural uses. Since the land cannot be farmed (according to the owner), another option is installing a feedlot, one that possibly houses pigs.
The owner was directed to work with staff to prepare a report for Council’s consideration at the May 8 regular Council Meeting.
At an October 11, 2011 Sooke Council meeting (see the Minutes here), supported the application. The motion that carried read, “MOVED and seconded that Council forward this request for exclusion of land from the ALR with a recommendation of support subject to its consideration in conjunction with a request for inclusion of lands into the ALR at 2322 Kemp Lake Road.”
With Council’s 2011 support, application was made in 2012 to remove the land from the ALR. The Agricultural Land Commission rejected the application.
- Council did not support the removal of 7166 West Coast Road from the ALR
- Owner plans land preparation for pig feedlot in Sooke
- Sooke could see hog feedlot beside homes, near biggest hotel
- Sooke contemplates energy, murals, ALR lands, and the OCP
- Feedlot-or-ALR-removal matter goes before Council on May 1
- Two Sooke residents present feedlot concerns to the Mayor at Monday’s Public Input
- A land owner is at a crossroad, and a feedlot may be coming to Sooke