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Central Saanich compost bylaw brings concerns of odour, traffic

Dec 07 2012

Central Saanich councillors will have a lot to consider before they vote to give third reading to a controversial compost bylaw.

A public hearing held Wednesday evening saw about three dozen people address council with concerns about a proposed bylaw that would allow landowners within the Agricultural Land Reserve to sell half the compost generated on their farms. Currently, farms in Central Saanich are not allowed to sell any compost.

Neighbours of some large farms aired their concerns about odours, traffic and noise, Mayor Alastair Bryson said Thursday.

"Clearly, any idea about allowing an expansion of the facilities would have to take into consideration these significant concerns," Bryson said.

The bylaw is expected to be considered at the Dec. 17 council meeting.

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