(British Columbia) officials have given a go signal to a glampground located on Learmouth Road, according to a report.
Utopia Feels Botanical Glampground is nestled within what was an old nursery.
“At Utopia Feels, we believe in micro-farming. We started this as a commitment to farming sustainably and to show, as an example, how to live in harmony with nature,” the company’s website states.
“Although we are just starting out, we will heavily invest in our location to bring agri-and agri-innovation to the forefront of people’s minds.”
In a council report, Ryan Raycroft, with the development services department, explained that the applicant has been operating an agri-operation with an overnight component since last year on this site.
“The applicant was in consultation with the, which indicated the use is permitted. ALR staff did not know does not permit agri- at this time. Agri- is a permitted use in the ALR and may not be prohibited by the local government. Agritourism , however, is allowed in the ALR, but only if also permitted by the local government.”
The report continues to say that permits for temporary usage are one-offs considered on the merits of each application.
Council approved a one-year temporary-use permit with several conditions that no more than ten agri-accommodations are permitted, no permanent structures are allowed for agri- use, and all activities are set back at least 20m from neighboring properties or Learmouth Road.
Conditions also include no parking associated with overnighton Learmouth Road, no noise related to agri- between 10 p.m. to 7 a.m, no lighting shall be erected in conjunction with the that unduly interferes with the enjoyment of surrounding properties, and that permit is not intended to allow long-term agri- .
Earlier this month, Historic O’Keefe Ranch received funding for a proposedpark of its own.