The District of Kent has built an online comment sheet, looking for additional feedback ahead of the March 10 public meeting concerning the proposed removal of the Teacup properties from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).
“The comment sheet is designed to collect the views of the community on the proposed [Agricultural Land Commission], exclusion application,” the website states. “Feedback gathered from the comment sheet will be presented to Council when making its decision on whether or not to proceed with forwarding the application to the ALC.
The information the survey seeks includes basic demographic data, whether or not you support the exclusion, your level of support for single and multi-family housing development if the application were successful and more. The survey also includes questions concerning the $3 million amenity contribution to the district from the unnamed developer, divided as follows: $900,000 to agricultural improvement projects and research development, $1.2 million to future swimming pool and $900,000 to other community amendments such as downtown improvements, parks and trails. The questions ask how the money should specifically be used.
To fill out the form, visit the District online at district.kentbc.ca or use the link listed above.
The public consultation meeting takes place Tuesday, March 10 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Friendship House, located at 7272 Morrow Road in Agassiz.
The Teacup properties have been a source of contention and controversy for more than 25 years. While the land is a good location for development given its proximity to the current town site, the quality of the farmland has given the agricultural community cause to resist urban development multiple times.