The District of Kent is hosting a public consultation meeting concerning the proposed removal of the Teacup properties from Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) lands surrounding Agassiz. The meeting takes place Tuesday, March 10 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Friendship House, located at 7272 Morrow Road.
An unnamed applicant is proposing to remove 17.26 hectares from the reserve adjacent to the current Agassiz town site in exchange for 40.8 hectares of land located elsewhere plus a $3 million contribution to the community as well as donated topsoil from the Teacup properties. This is slightly larger than the previos proposal drafted in 2016 in which $2 million in community funding was offered rather than $3 million in exchange for 14.4 hectares of Teacup land.
The Kent Agriculture Advisory Committee (KAAC) met earlier in February, and a 5-5 tie vote following nearly two hours of deliberation defeated a motion for KAAC to support the district’s intentions. Another 5-5 tie stopped an information-gathering process to allow the KAAC more time to research.
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.