Agricultural lands keep local food on our tables

Abbeyfield is a good proposal but does not belong on ALR land

Re: Protect ALR from shrinking (Our View, Nov. 30)

Abbeyfield is an admirable charitable concern providing care homes for seniors. However, we cannot support the large and ambitious proposal outlined in the Peninsula News Review.

Central to this proposed campus of care is the removal of 17 acres of land from the Agricultural Land Reserve. We do not believe this is an appropriate use of agricultural land. Now more than ever before it is essential to the interests of us all, young and old, to ensure the future security and quality of our food production within the local area. Once land is removed from the ALR it will be lost forever.

It would be far better for Abbeyfield to seek a site in a more appropriately zoned area. That way we could support Abbeyfield and keep our ALR intact.

Angela and Patrick Verriour

North Saanich

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