· We are Central Saanich residents, farmers and recreational users who advocate for responsible farming and composting practices that benefit our valued agricultural land.
· We believe everyone has the right to clean, healthy air and to the enjoyment of home and property.
· We consider the quality of our shared airspace to be of paramount importance to our health, to our lives and to our property values.
CRD’s Tom Watkins,
Manager of Environmental Resource Management:
“Of course we did our due diligence…You can’t say that it was the CRD’s material that pushed them beyond their capacity. We had a range of tonnage that we could send them, but they were also taking material from BFI, cruise ships, Thrifty Foods ... I think that they were trying to push too much material through their facility.”
STOP WORK ORDER ISSUED!
Oct. 25: The ALC ruled that Stanhope/FO is NOT compliant with the Act and the operation is an unauthorized non-farm use of land in the Agricultural Land ReserveFor the complete ruling, click on the document below:
One trial has concluded on the claim brought to court by Foundation Organics, arguing that they were treated unfairly and unreasonably. The January 2014 judgement in B.C. Supreme Court by Mr. Justice Steeves upheld the CRD's action in suspending Foundation Organics' recycling license, and found that the CRD treated FO fairly and reasonably.
Read the full judgement at:
But there are FOUR more lawsuits to be heard:
by the Capital Regional District for public
nuisance offenses, and two more suits, brought by the
Municipality of Central Saanich
for land-use bylaw infractions (including selling
compost), are winding their way
through the legal process.
There's also a class-action lawsuit against FO being brought forward by residents in the Martindale, Hunt Valley and Tanner Ridge communities.
And the Agricultural Land Commission has ruled that this commercial, industrial composting facility is not an approved farm use, and issued a Stop Work Order. That SWO was appealed by Foundation Organics. The appeal was heard by an ALC Tribunal on June 19, and variances to the SWO have been issued.
See below for details, and updates as they become available.
B.C. Supreme Court Judgement
Full Judgement at: http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/SC/14/00/2014BCSC0085.htm
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