Agency: Farmland A Buffer, Not Suitable for RV Park
An application by Alberni Valley, British Columbia, to remove city-owned property from the agricultural land preserve and create an RV park on it has been denied.
Officials from the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) notified the city, located on Vancouver Island, of the development in a letter to them on Sept. 27, the Alberni Valley News reported.
The city applied to remove farmland adjacent to Pacific Rim Shopping Center from the agricultural land reserve in order to develop the recreational vehicle park.
City, ALC and Alberni Clayoquot Regional District officials inspected the site on July 30.
In their report conclusions, ALC officials noted that the land has agricultural capability and that using it for an RV park would impact agriculture.
Moreover though, removing the land could open a box the ALC couldn’t close again.
The land removal would remove “…the buffering effect this property has between farmlands to the north and non-farm activities to the south and west,” the report notes.
And further, that removing the land would likely lead “…to increased conflicts and pressure to remove more lands from the Reserve.”
The city has the right to apply for an appeal.