ALC rules mean possible shutdown for popular Lower Mainland Glow holiday event

The ALC has denied permission for the show to run this year.

The popular Glow Harvest and Glow Christmas events at Langley’s Darvonda Nurseries faces possible closure after the Agricultural Land Commission ruled recently that the event isn’t a permitted farm use.

“They’re basically saying, ‘You now have to apply for non-farm use,’” said Tamara Jansen of Darvonda.

Last fall, the ALC contacted Darvonda and asked the greenhouse for some documents and information on the show to make a determination.

As of Thursday, Feb. 28, Darvonda had heard they’re being denied, but hasn’t seen the actual ALC ruling yet. Specific reasons for the denial are not yet known.

Applying for a non-farm use permit is possible, but it could still imperil this year’s autumn and winter events – it could take so long to apply that Darvonda might not get a non-farm use exemption until too late.

That would be a financial hit for the greenhouse firm, Jansen said.

Last year, about 120,000 people came through Glow at Christmas.

The events, running since 2017 and expanding to include the Harvest event last year, includes light displays, food, and family events inside portions of the greenhouses.

Jansen, who is nominated by the Conservatives to run in Cloverdale-Langley City in the next federal election, said there is no official appeal process, but she feels the greenhouse’s events fall well within the rules for farm use.

During the Harvest Glow, they grew their own corn in the greenhouse for a corn maze and had a pumpkin patch and a petting zoo.

Their Christmas event helps market their poinsettias, Jansen said.

“We as farmers have to maximize the use of our assets,” Jansen said, noting that they were making use of greenhouse space that’s busy in the spring and summer, but underutilized in the fall and winter. “This is a modern way of marketing farm produce.”

The nursery will decide on a course of action once the full ALC decision has arrived.

Similar issues have arisen with some other Agricultural Land Reserve properties over the years in Langley, most recently with local sites hosting film and TV crews for extended shoots.

A petition was launched on change.org Friday morning to allow Glow to continue. By 9 a.m. it already had more than 1,000 signatures.

“Glow Langley is a great, family oriented event,” wrote Pat Chessell on change.org. “As a musician who worked there this year, it was a real pleasure to see so many families take joy in visiting Glow.”

“Glow is an opportunity buy local products and enjoy and an amazing experience for families,” Katherine Carlson wrote on the petition. “Why it wouldn’t be allowed baffles me.”

READ MORE: Popular Langley Christmas show adds new Glow to winter

Just Posted

Delays en route for Highway 7 in Harrison Mills

Road resurfacing will cause month-long delays for drivers travelling through Harrison Mills

The luckiest man in Agassiz finds more than 200 four-leaf clovers

Walt Hardinge has found more than 219 four-or-more leaf clovers this spring alone

Chilliwack’s pediatric observation unit gets financial shot from trades workers

Unions and contractors donate more than $30,000 to Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation

Missing Chilliwack man not heard from since January

Kristopher Shawn Couture, 25, last made contact with family from Edmonton

Two week lock down lifted for Kent Institution

A search at the prison found nearly 26 grams of hashish and a cellphone

VIDEO: Quadriplegic man takes flight over Harrison Mills

Jim Ryan hasn’t moved his arms or legs for three years, but that didn’t stop him from paragliding

RCMP probe hit-and-run of Richmond senior

The man, who is in his mid-70s, was walking with his wife when he was allegedly struck

More than half of Canadians support ban on handguns, assault rifles: study

Divide between rural and urban respondents in latest Angus Reid Institute public opinion study

Coquitlam crash kills one person, injured two others

Investigators with the RCMP criminal crash unit are working to determing the cause of the incident

Spring rain needed as B.C. sees one of the lowest snowpack levels in 40 years

Snowpack levels in B.C. recorded on May 15 were similar to those in 2015 and 2016

Court to rule on B.C.’s pipeline permit law in crucial case for Trans Mountain

A panel of B.C. Court of Appeal judges has been mulling B.C.’s constitutional reference cas

Theresa May to quit as party leader June 7, sparking race for new PM

The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election

Vancouver man in serious condition after crash between motorcycle, transport truck

The man, 40, remains in hospital after a Thursday collision. Police believe speed was a factor

B.C. man who fell off cliff returns there to rescue eagle from vulture attack

Nanaimo’s James Farkas, who broke his hip in a fall, saves eagle on same beach months later

Most Read