Wednesday, June 13, 2012

 

Letters

Rosedale Not Much Without Tycrop?

Questions and some answers from a dairy farmer

Submitted by Peter Hanson/Voice file photo of Rosedale farmland

 

beg to differ. Its not about living long enough in Rosedale, its about letting a bigger industrial company take over Rosedale, and turn it into what its not, Tycrop has outgrown our community.

 

Last time I checked Rosedale is a farming community, it isn’t a industrial community.
 

Do you still live in Rosedale Mr, Anderson? Does Rosedale have a OCP? No it does not, “Things change” as Gary stated at his community meeting.


Could Rosedale have it’s own OCP down the road, I think so. Is the plans of city counsel to industrialize Rosedale?

 

I thought city counsel just approved the agricultural plan for Chilliwack that is promoting younger smaller farms? I must be mistaken. I encourage you to take a look at the plan. Also you’ve stated that “everyone should voice their concerns to the
ALR, let them make the decision”

 

But I must correct you, It has to go to city counsel first, they don’t need to forward the application to the ALC.


City counsel CAN reject the application before the ALC even sees it. The agriculture land commission might not even see this application if the city rejects it. If you pull Tycrop out of Rosedale, you still have Rosedale.
 

How many employee’s at Tycrop are a part of the community of Rosedale? I hardly think all of them live in our community. Yes I agree with you that Tycrop wants to expand, and I'm not against it at all, but lets do it in the appropriate areas of Chilliwack, like everyone else has.

 

Before Tycrop was Rosedale machine shop that serviced the farming community, is Tycrop serving the farming community now?


The “Land in question” what’s the question? I like to set the record straight, I personally own a small dairy. Small little acreage's, like the one Tycrop likes to pave over, provides food for my cows, enough in fact to feed 20% of my herd, and I do produce almost 400,000+ Ltrs of milk, so I'll let you do the math.

 

This land that Tycrop likes to build on is indeed fertile land, HOW would I know? cause I’ve worked the land, and made feed from that field, and feed my cows with that forage. I don’t need tests to tell me that the land might not be good to farm on, or that the land is in question. So could we take out the “land in question” from now on?

 

I’ve think I’ve set the record straight now, any questions please feel free to blog them on my Facebook page.


What I’ve got out of your editorial letter to the times was its ok to trade our agricultural land for jobs? I disagree each public opinion poll taken in the past 10 years has consistently shown that 90-93% of British Columbians OPPOSE ANY development of farmland. The problem is that our politicians listen to developers, not the families of this province!
 

Good on Tycrop for employing many employees, my hats off to them for that. I’m sure Chilliwack could accommodate Tycrops needs elsewhere in a industrial area. I think Rosedale’s community would be OK with putting up chicken barns, or pig barns instead of a industrialized manufacturing warehouse, because Barns DO produce food that everyone needs, and should I  say “it’s in the future committee plans of Rosedale”?

 

After all Rosedale is a farming community, and last time I checked chickens and pigs are part of agriculture/farming. You take away our land, you eventually take away our groceries! May I ask the question what would you do if industrial companies buy out all of our ALR in Chilliwack/Rosedale, and we run short of food, and the food prices double, if not triple in cost.

 

How would that effect the economy? Agriculture is huge in Chilliwack, but will it be the future? Time will tell I guess

THE ECONOMIC STRENGTH OF CHILLIWACK AGRICULTURE
Economically, agriculture is vital to the community as it directly accounts for 29 percent of the city’s economic activity.


Chilliwack also gains substantial economic spin-offs through such agri-related industries as food processing, feed, fertilizer, chemicals, machinery and fuel. As well, agriculture attracts its fair share of investment activity with approximately $0.9 billion in land and buildings. (posted from Chilliwack's agricultural plan.)

Yes I also agree with some of the things you’ve stated that the ALC does need to be re-examined! “Less than 5% of the provincial land base is suitable for growing a range of crops that can support a significant farm economy. less than 1% is prime farmland (classes one to three).1 This small percentage of the land base and most productive agricultural land is concentrated in the most urbanized areas where population growth and pressure to convert farmland to urban uses is highest. In the 1970’s the provincial government created the ALR and Commission to preserve agricultural land for farm uses and to encourage the establishment and maintenance of family farms” (09 smart growth BC Deborah Curran)

cc city counsel
cc MLA Gwen O’Mahony
cc ALC commission

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