The land commission has decided that two pieces of farmland in Albion will remain in the Agricultural Land Reserve.
Two property owners, the Wynnyk family and the Ducharme family, asked the Agricultural Land Commission to exclude their land from the land reserve citing drainage problems.
Both applications were rejected, but the commission did concur that the “agricultural suitability problems encountered by the applicants are real,” and that the District of Maple Ridge “must ensure that the problems are remedied and agricultural suitability is restored.”
Both parcels have had drainage issues for years.
The District of Maple Ridge had put in an application to remove land in the Albion Flats from the ALR – south of these two properties – so that SmartCentres could build a shopping mall.
This was rejected by the land commission and now the District is considering a land swap with the company whereby the fairgrounds would move to the east side of 105th Avenue.
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