A Coldstream application to the Agricultural Land Commission for non-farm use at a Lavington property with benefits to Spallumcheen has the township’s full support.
Tolko Industries wants to build a pellet plant to process sawdust and shavings from its Lavington planer mill on seven acres of a School Road property. It also proposes to produce a by-product that can be shipped.
The application is to convert wood chip permitted use at Tolko’s current site in Lavington to allow the pellet plant and adding two acres to the site.
To mitigate any negative impact the additional two acres of non-farm use would have to the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), Tolko proposes including nearly 36 acres of productive farm land in Spallumcheen into the ALR.
This would be a property fronting Rashdale Road and Lansdowne Road.
“The goal of this application is to provide benefits for all parties involved,” wrote representatives of Kelowna-based Kent-Macpherson Appraisals in the application to the ALR.
“We all benefit,” said Spallumcheen Mayor Janice Brown, agreeing with the application.
Coun. Christine Fraser said the application is a perfect example of the area’s regional growth strategy in play.
“It’s a really good opportunity for us to help out an existing business in Spallumcheen, and expand an operation within our region that’s a benefit to the whole region,” said Fraser.
Council unanimously agreed to support the proposal being sent to the ALC, though Coun. Ed Hanoski was absent from the meeting.