The mayor says she expects the changes to pass — except for the part about changing the city’s Official Community Plan to make agriculture “subservient” to development.
By Katherine Dedyna
Sept. 3, 2016
The bylaw changes would allow raw, unprocessed food such as fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs and honey to be grown, harvested and sold by farmers within the city.
Growers would require a $100 annual business licence to sell goods off-site. On-site sales — through a farmstand, for example — would require either an annual licence or a three-month licence, available for $25.
Farmstand hours would be limited to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., except on Sundays, when the hours would be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Loading of delivery trucks would be limited to once a day during the same hours.
Loveday lives in an apartment and said he would love to buy excess fruit from a neighbour’s tree — but selling such surplus is technically illegal.
He envisions produce stands within walking distance of downtown, rather than a drive away on the Saanich Peninsula. “What’s more local than buying from your neighbour?” he asked.