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Two Sooke residents present feedlot concerns to the Mayor at Monday’s Public Input — 7 Comments

  1. “The owner will be left with no choice but to put in a feedlot”. Hmm. This does not make sense. Was the land zoned ALR when the owner bought it? This article states that it was. Therefore the owner had no reasonable basis to be planning for non ALR use of the land and garners no sympathy from me. There was no recent government action that resulted in a limiting of this land owners options to ALR sanctioned use – he bought the land knowing exactly what it was zoned for at the time. So, what exactly did this land owner think he would do with the land if not a feedlot when he bought it? He could sell it as it is currently zoned.

    • Yes, good points Kyle. Seeing the Realtors speaking for this guy I suspect they promised him it could be taken out of the ALR when he bought it. The previous owner did get support from Council of the day to remove it from the ALR and oddly most of the Council members are there today.The request was denied from the ALC. Why would it be different now? The Council members should be ashamed that they are supporting taking our farm land out of the ALR. I know Pearson and Burger are pro development but if we wanted Sooke to look like Langford we would move there.

  2. So moving forward this will be the new method for getting land out of the ALR. Finding the most offensive foul method of land use allowed to drum public support for removing farm land from protection. “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” Joni Mitchell.

  3. I’d almost like to see the district call this guys bluff and force him to put in a feed lot and then deal with all the logistics that go with it. I don’t think the land is big enough nor the business plan feasible for it turn a profit (otherwise it would have been done already).

  4. If this gentleman from Alberta wants to build a new farm on his land, it would be an appropriate use of the land. However, he may want to look at the BC regulations requiring environmentally and healthy animal practices. There are many farms out here because we are a rural residential community and the threat of using his land as a farm (i.e., feedlot where animals are fed) is just silly to us. http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/agricultural-land-and-environment/strengthening-farming/farm-practices-in-bc-reference-guide