West Bench, Faulder, Okanagan Lake West
I visited this sight today. It is very obvious that the property owner is spending a great deal of money to build this track. It would appear that the bylaws pertaining to this issue are pretty vague and as they do not appear to be clear in defining issues which in my mind makes them difficult if not almost impossible to enforce.
You state that there is nothing that prevents people from burning around their own properties. I cant say that I disagree with that in principle I guess. But when some one appears to be spending tens of thousands of dollars creating a dedicated track to facilitate this burning around does it not take everything to an other level? When you state that if a large number of non residents start using the track it would become a commercial endeavor and it would be stopped. What defines a a large number? Is it spelled out exactly in the bylaws and ALC regulations? How do you define residents? People that live on the property? People who are immediately adjacent neighbors? People that live within a 10 km radius of this track? If is not clearly defined in regulations and bylaws how can people reasonably expect that part of the by laws could or would be enforced. When a property owner in effect undertakes work on his or her property that in effect makes it unusable for agricultural purposes have they not in fact done something that contravenes the purpose or intent of the regulations and bylaws? I wonder about the rights of the adjacent property owners who have been conducting bona fide agricultural activities on their properties some for decades. Has any one considered in this whole debate how the noise and dust might effect their livestock and agricultural undertakings? Don't they have a right to farm as they have for decades? Also as always arises in disputes like this, might this not potentially affect their property value from a resale perspective? It is clear that the rights of the people building this track appear to being protected. What about those who have been peacefully farming in this area for decades? Don't they have rights too?
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