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Spallumcheen councillor backs second residence

Spallumcheen Coun. Ed Hanoski believes township farmers should be able to build a secondary dwelling on their property for any purpose.

To that end, Hanoski has proposed an amendment to the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) that would allow a second dwelling in ALR lands for any purpose. Such a move would support the sustainibility of agriculture and the farming communities.

Right now, ALR lands only allow either a secondary suite in an existing dwelling, or a mobile or manufactured home on the property.

“Before I got elected, I went to about 100 different homes and properties in Spallumcheen and asked what they would like to see,” said Hanoski.

“Each place I went to, they said they would like to have the right to have a second home on their property.”

The main reason for the request was so that aging parents could live on a farm property and be looked after by family members, but still have the comfort of their own place.

“They don’t want a mobile home because after the parents pass away, the home sits for five years and it can’t be sold,” said Hanoski, who believes allowing a broader range of uses such as permitting second dwellings for farm help or family members, commercial sales, home-based businesses and agri-tourism opportunities will assist in retaining farm sustainibility.

His motion was unanimously supported by Spallumcheen council, and will be forwarded to the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) convention in Salmon Arm to be discussed as a resolution.

“The ability to have that second residence to generate income will support the farms,” said Coun. Christine Fraser.

“It’s the small farms that are really struggling in a lot of cases. The big farms need second residences for farm help, no two ways about it, but they’re also full-time farmers.

“For smaller farms run by people who are also working part-time and trying to maintain the farm, this is a good way to try and help them out.”

 

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