A proposal to remove a piece of land from the Agricultural Land Reserve at 6680 Fooks Road was turned down by staff and council on Monday night.
The plan included allowing for a 56 lot subdivision on Fooks Road. That land would have to be removed from the ALR, which would require another parcel of land to be designated as ALR. The owner suggested a 160-acre parcel in Merritt that is currently outside the ALR, which is suitable for farming.
District staff recommended not supporting the application, because the proposed subdivision does not conform with the Official Community Plan, which is currently under review.
Coun. Dwayne Post also reported that the Kent Agricultural Advisory Committee was unanimously not in favour of the application.
“I think this application is a number of years immature,” Post said.