Land swap not good for ALR

Those wonderful planners’ dream circles look and sound so good — as they did 20 years ago. But they do not work everywhere.

Dear Editor:

Thank you Summerland mayor and council for your response to my letter.

So you say there would be no net loss of Agricultural Land Reserve lands. Except for the little detail that the land proposed for the swap is of a lower rating and less valuable ALR land. Not a helpful deal for the ALR.

Those wonderful planners’ dream circles look and sound so good — as they did 20 years ago. But they do not work everywhere, as in Summerland.

The thriving grape and wine industry has become as large and viable as it is because the land there was protected and could be used as needed. Without ALR protection there would have been wholesale divisions or orchards, creating a fragmented land base.

Who knows what exciting enterprise is going to appear in the next few years. But we could have the land for the new agricultural pursuit.

So keep cool. Wait until there is need and other alternatives considered. Then approach this idea again.

Sheila White

Summerland

 

Just Posted

Kelowna Liberal, Conservative candidates at odds on economic issues

The mortgage stress test and deficit spending were hot topics at an early morning forum

Cannabis edibles, extracts legalized today in Canada

You can now legally purchase weed brownies!

Central Okanagan MP candidates put thousands into Facebook ads

Liberal candidate Stephen Fuhr leads the pack with over $15,000 in ad spending according to a report

Souperbowl Sunday is back for fifth year this weekend

Organizers say they are looking for a fourth chef to compete in round 2 on Oct. 27

All-candidates meet and greet at UBCO

Students and residents will have a chance to meet with the MP hopefuls on Friday

Election 2019: Robert Mellalieu — Green Party candidate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Robert Mellalieu is running for the Green Party in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

One year later: Vernon pot stores look back at legalization

Edibles made legal on first anniversary of recreational cannabis

Memorial remembers North Okanagan’s most marginalized

Prayers and flowers for those who have died on the streets

Japanese buyer expands wood pellet contract with B.C.’s Pinnacle

Mitsui and Co. increases contract with Interior energy producer

Great Vernon Pumpkin Race to star in South Korean documentary

Pumpkin Classic event to kick off this weekend with gourd weigh-ins

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

Okanagan candidates’ signs headed to dump

Dozens of signs were picked up for not complying with bylaws, according to the city

Most Read