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Friday, August 8, 2014

BC Court of Appeal says club can continue to fly model aircraft on farmland runway

A radio control club used an agricultural property to fly model aircraft.  The local municipality challenged this use as being outside the scope of permitted agricultural uses.  The club argued that its activites fell within a permissible secondary use - "unpaved airstrip and heli pad".  The municipality argued that all uses in the agricultural zone must be agricultural or complimentary to agriculture; the RC flying satisfied neither category.  A motions judge agreed with the municipality.

The case went to the BC Court of Appeal and the motions judge's decision was reversed.  The restriction of "farm" classification in the zoning by-law to activities directly associated with agriculture was unjustifiable.  The Court ruled that the "farm" classification allows complementary uses that are suitable in an agricultural setting, including activities not directly associated with farming but conducive to the setting.  These activities do not disrupt or change the essential agricultural character of the land.  Because the RC club's activities were of this class, they were permissible secondary uses of the farm land.

Read the decision at: Lake Country (District) v. Kelowna Ogopogo Radio Controllers Association.