Grindrod project gets ALC approval

The Agricultural Land Commission has approved non-farm use of property on Highway 97A for retail activities.

A proposed agri-tourism development in Grindrod has overcome another hurdle.

The Agricultural Land Commission has approved non-farm use of property on Highway 97A for retail activities.

“It’s good for the area. It will be a bonus for Grindrod,” said Herman Halvorson, Regional District of North Okanagan director.

John deDood and his family want to use 3,200-square-feet of a barn to open a retail store and increase agricultural awareness at Grandview Bench Road and Highway 97A.

The goal is for the family to produce a number of food products on the farm and to also sell items from other local farms.

RDNO has previously dictated that at least 50 per cent of the total sales area must be limited to the sale of farm products produced on the farm itself.

Changes to the zoning bylaw may be needed to allow for certain commercial activities, such as food services.

“It’s usually allowed in commercial zones and not agricultural zones,” said Rob Smailes, RDNO’s general manager of planning and building.