Kent agrees to focus on promoting agriculture

Agricultural Week among KAAC recommendations agreed to by council

The Kent Agricultural Advisory Committee has highlighted four key points in the Ag Area Plan for council to consider a priority for 2013.

The recommendations came out of two meetings KAAC held late in 2012, and council approved those last Monday night.

They include AAP Recommendation 4.3.2, which states that the District of Kent include the agricultural community in the planning and implementation of design standards and maintenance or operation plans, when created recreational trails.

They also put forward 4.5.1, which recommends the District discourages applications for additional residences in the ALR, and 4.7.1, which recommends the District make every effort to support District farmers in making their products available for local purchase either from the farm gate or through a farmers market.

Finally, they recommended 5.5.1, which talks about declaring an “Agricultural Week” to place emphasis on the active agricultural industry and importance of operations.

However, council did not approve a fifth recommendation asking to eliminate a proposed $25 business license administration fee. CAO Wallace Mah explained that the fee was an important one, that helped the District cover the costs of non-compliance and enforcement.

“Although it says it’s a fee, it’s more than that,” Mah said.

Council opposed that motion unanimously, and sent it back to KAAC for further discussion. Councillor Duane Post was absent.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Community Camera: September 24, 2020

Submit your photos to news@ahobserver.com.

Chilliwack’s Gary Robbins maps out epic trail across eight mountains

Robbins spent nearly 40 hours covering 110 miles and over 10,000 metres of elevation gain

PHOTOS: From corn kernels comes an Agassiz king

Nathan Hertgers is the 2020 Corn King

Missing Chilliwack man not seen for eight days

Bruce James Madill last known location was on Paula Crescent on Sept. 16

Rivers could rise rapidly as heavy rains hit Lower Mainland

Larger rivers to reach peak levels on Thursday or into Friday, according to high streamflow advisory

BC Liberal Leader talks drug addiction in the Lower Mainland

Drug addiction and public safety a top priority says Andrew Wilkinson

Pandemic derails CP Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific will work to get donations to food banks while also producing an online music concert

Vanderhoof’s Brian Frenkel takes on top job in tough times

We can get through this, new local government leader says

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Mounties cleared by watchdog in fatal shooting of man with schizophrenia in Maple Ridge

Kyaw Din was killed by the RCMP during a mental health incident in August 2019

Local councils important, Horgan says as municipal conference ends

B.C. NDP leader says ‘speed dating’ vital, online or in person

Penticton woman sentenced to one year in prison for manslaughter of teen boyfriend

Kiera Bourque, 24, was sentenced for manslaughter in the 2017 death of Penticton’s Devon Blackmore

Most Read