Coldstream Issues Permit for Agri-Tourism Glamping Site on Learmouth Road

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Coldstream (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-tourism 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-tourism operation with an overnight component since last year on this site.

“The applicant was in consultation with the Agricultural Land Reserve, which indicated the use is permitted. ALR staff did not know Coldstream does not permit agri-tourism accommodation at this time. Agri-tourism is a permitted use in the ALR and may not be prohibited by the local government. Agritourism accommodation, 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-tourism accommodations are permitted, no permanent structures are allowed for agri-tourism accommodation use, and all accommodation activities are set back at least 20m from neighboring properties or Learmouth Road.

Conditions also include no parking associated with overnight accommodation on Learmouth Road, no noise related to agri-tourism accommodation between 10 p.m. to 7 a.m, no lighting shall be erected in conjunction with the accommodation that unduly interferes with the enjoyment of surrounding properties, and that permit is not intended to allow long-term agri-tourism accommodation.

Earlier this month, Historic O’Keefe Ranch received funding for a proposed glamping park of its own.

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