Kelowna farm lands are being turned over to housing developers

But most people don’t know that two large pieces of land have been removed from Agricultural Land Reserve along KLO Road.

To the editor:

Nice to hear that some infrastructure improvements are being made along KLO Road as to transit, bike path etcetera.

But most people don’t know that two large pieces of land have been removed from Agricultural Land Reserve along KLO Road in the last five weeks, with unanimous support from Kelowna city council.

And one city councillor even stated that there should be no land along KLO Road for agriculture.

How blatant an intent to pull the wool over the neighbourhood’s eyes.

How can we even stop this when petitions, discussions among the neighbourhoods have been completely ignored and our rights have been trampled on because a few greedy people want to sell their land for redevelopement and could care less about agriculture? What was once Kelowna’s food heritage is being destroyed before our very eyes.

What representation does the City of Kelowna give to the residents of this area,when they can actively remove land (from the agricultural land reserve) and say that because I live across the field that this doesn’t, or shouldn’t, concern me?

The elected members  of city council are suppose to guide and represent the citizens and not the developers taking land out of agricultural land, needed for food production, the support of urban wildlife and the cleansing nature of the waterways courses and natural feeders.

One piece of land that will be destroyed with houses butts up against Munson’s Pond.

Who’s next?

How’s that for democracy?

Walter Viita,

Kelowna