Two Sooke residents showed up to present their concerns regarding a possible feedlot in Sooke to the mayor at Monday’s Public Input forum.
Chris and Judith from Tominny Rd. expressed their concern about possible plummeting land value should a feedlot be stationed in their backyard. They also addressed a second concern, which was the parking on West Coast Road and pedestrian (and mobility scooter) safety issues. Currently, they said, pedestrians have no safe option.
In an earlier SPN article, Stephanie Davidson (representing the owner Anthony Laughren) said they are asking Council to support an application to lift 16 acres out of the ALR and replace those acres with another piece of land that is over 28 acres, for a net gain of 12 additional acres in ALR land. The land they want to lift out of the ALR, according to the owner, is unsuitable for agriculture. The land owners would also donate up to two acres of land to the District, which Davidson suggested could be used to resolve the West Coast Road parking issue, or for a park … or whatever would best serve the community.
Sooke mayor Maja Tait said that nothing has yet come before Council, so Council does not have an opinion on the matter.
Tait did note that a feedlot requires an animal structure, and no application has been made to the District as of Monday, March 27, 2017. She also noted that application had been made previously to remove that section of land from the ALR, but under a different land owner. Council of the day supported that application.
“Council will give it serious consideration,” she said referencing a possible application to remove the land from the ALR, adding that she has reached out to the owner and has not yet heard back.
From what SPN has heard through Davidson, they are fully prepared to put in a feedlot if they are left with no choice but to utilize the land for farming purposes.
“There are several slaughtering stations on the island including but not limited to; Brauns, Quists, Hidden Valley, Springford Farm and Gunter Bros.,” wrote Davidson in correspondence to SPN. “There are no large-scale slaughter houses but these facilities would be sufficient for our purposes.”
Davidson will be consulting Laughren, and they are currently aiming to apply for a delegation (audience) with Council at the April 24th Regular Council meeting.
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