Land knowledge should be key

Regional District director should know the system

Lissa Alexander ran the brief report (The News, July 12), from Area H Director Dave Bartram, explaining that the Regional District of Nanaimo will provide their paper statement to the Agricultural Land Commission, that removes the RDN from providing any comment towards any property applications made to the ALC because the RDN directors do not have ‘agrology’ trained backgrounds.  

Guess what? That’s nothing new here as the ALC members, let alone area directors, have little knowledge or experience of any kind regarding actual land use, soil, water or topography or financial conditions acceptable to sustaining agriculture.  

Our meetings with Director Bartram were only met with contempt when we asked for his support on our applications to date.  

In Area H we can only hope for the next director to have common sense and an actual understanding of acreage usage towards the real need of property owners, given the RDN wants greater continued tax collections from us.   

F. Earl Rhode


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