Leave compost bylaw as-is

Please leave the bylaw as is and, by the way, start enforcing it to protect farm land and Central Saanich residents.

Re: Central Saanich compost bylaw 1795. Our current bylaw requires a commercial level composter, on agricultural land, to apply all the compost  they produce on their land. This makes a lot of sense as it directly benefits agricultural land in Central Saanich.

Changing the bylaw to allow up to half of the compost to be sold commercially is simply counter to what I thought this municipal council was all about — supportive of agriculture. This change would certainly make more money for the composter, but it does nothing to benefit the municipality or agriculture.

So let’s  look at this picture … we get no benefit to our land or increased tax revenue … but we do get increased truck traffic, more road maintenance and noise and odor problems for our residents and Lochside Trail users.

Where is the win win in this change?

Please leave the bylaw as is and, by the way, start enforcing it to protect farm land and Central Saanich residents.

D.L. Bond

Saanichton

 

 

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