Council Needs Extra Week To Determine Dunvegan Gardens Future

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Council Needs Extra Week To Determine Dunvegan Gardens Future

The ongoing saga over Dunvegan Gardens will continue for at least one more week.

Council will have a final say next Tuesday after hearing over 30 residents speak at their meeting which ended at 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The majority of Draper residents who spoke before council say they’ve never had a problem with the market garden just the retail side and animals. However, they add they want the business to be held accountable for running an ‘illegal business.’

VP of Operations for Dunvegan Brad Friesen said the only ‘illegal’ activity he knows of is the water scandal around 2006 when they were using the Clearwater for their market garden. He adds everything they’ve done has been by the rule.

The approval is up in the air after Dunvegan received multiple orders after evidence of unsafe water, electric, and heating systems - somethingFriesen says was over exaggerated.

Right now, Administration is recommending that Dunvegan’s application to change the boundary in Draper be rejected.

Deputy CAO Jamie Doyle said there were 10 main reasons for this which included lack of documentation and the majority of the community not wanting the change.

If council does vote against the amendment, Dunvegan will still be able to operate but won’t be allowed their retail side, animals and more.

Council meets again May 15 at 6 p.m. at Jubilee Plaza.
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