The Peace River Regional District board deferred an application for a liquor licence by RNN Sales and Rentals located just outside Pouce Coupe.
The decision was made at their April 29 meeting, with directors voting in favour to put the matter on hold. The board was made aware last week that RNN has asked the Agricultural Land Commission to reconsider their decision for the second time.
The rental company’s property is on Agricultural Land Reserve, and requires a zoning amendment for non-farm use to be made first. RNN is located at 437 Briar Ridge Road near Pouce Coupe, and was found last June operating an unpermitted campground, restaurant, and convenience store, along with industrial use.
Twenty-two RV sites, a food truck, a rental shack, workshops, washroom facilities, and other business related buildings were found on the property.
An exemption was sought by RNN from the ALC, but refused last July after deeming the campground would impact the agricultural utility of the land. The company was then given an August 31, 2020 deadline to come into compliance. This deadline was not met, with warning tickets issued for construction without building permits and for prohibited use of property.
A new deadline was set for Sept 30, 2020, which was extended to Dec. 31, 2020 and to July 1, 2021, giving RNN time to appeal the ALC decision.
On Nov. 26, 2020, PRRD directors supported the exclusion from the ALR application.
The ALC refused the non-farm use application again on April 9, 2021. A refusal letter was also issued, detailing RNN's plans to host agriculture-related tourism events such as old fashioned farming demonstrations with horses, portable farms, pony rides, tractor pulls, wagon rides, and short trail rides.
The portion of the property proposed to remain in the ALR was a dugout, a cabin on skids, berry picking trails, all green space for the RV campground.
It’s expected bylaw enforcement will be activated after the Thursday vote.