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Lake Country kangaroo farm may soon hop to new location

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May 27, 2019 - 5:13 PM

KELOWNA - Kangaroo Creek Farm’s future home may be decided upon tonight. 

Central Okanagan Regional District directors will decide on a Temporary Use Permit application tonight, May 27, that would allow the popular tourist attraction to move from Lake Country to a 10-acre property at 5932 Old Vernon Rd., situated at Kelowna's northern boundary. 

“It is anticipated that up to 2,000 people per day may attend, operating over a five-hour period throughout the high season in July and August,” said Todd Cashin, director of community services, in a report.

“The greatest potential for negative impacts to the surrounding area are increased traffic and parking as a result of the Kangaroo Creek Farm. At time of writing this report, two letters of support and four letters of opposition have been received from neighbouring property owners, and numerous concerns have been identified by various agencies.”

Should permit be issued, as recommended, a number of conditions would have to be met.

Those measures, which are outlined by Cashin, include operating the business only between the months of March through to October; an approved evacuation plan, Interior Health signing off on hand washing facilities, not putting up permanent structures and not using water from Mill Creek among other things.

In their application to the regional district, Kangaroo Creek Farm owners said they’d meet the conditions through a variety of measures and they would also enhance the site.

“At the present time the site is entirely undeveloped and has not been used for agricultural activity of any kind for many years. The fencing is either no n existent of in a state of disrepair,” reads their application, received May 21, 2019.

“There is one small outbuilding and one Ontario style farm house that dates from around 1890. We would like to restore the house if possible. Visitors will not be allowed into the structure. However we would like to have some information boards around the house to provide interesting historical about the site and Ellison in general.”

In addition to that there are plans for pastures, and picnic and historical interest areas.

While permission may be granted tonight it's unclear when the move would take place.

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