Farm reps all smiles with revised charges bylaw

Farm representatives were all smiles Monday night as councillors here passed a bylaw to drop development charges on agricultural properties.

Several representatives were at council to hear final reading of the amended bylaw.

The item caused quite a bit of controversy in recent months when council considered placing development char­ges on agricultural properties.

Additional information and a public meeting which attracted nearly 300 area residents changed council’s minds on the plan.

The amended bylaw drops the charges for “bona fide farm uses used for farming purposes and includes ancillary uses such as non-residential accessory buildings or structures, storage buildings or structures and driving sheds.”

Development charges will still apply to buildings and structures used for residential purposes.

The revised bylaw is retroactive to Sept. 1, 2008.