Public meeting for Agri-Mall proposal

Project would gather agricultural equipment sales in east Abbotsford

The potential development of an Agri-Mall at Eldridge and Atkinson roads in east Abbotsford, near the Sumas Canal, will be discussed at a public information meeting Feb. 5.

Council voted in November to move the project to a public meeting, despite staff’s recommendation council deny the application to develop an agricultural equipment sales, servicing and rental centre.

The area is currently zoned for residential development, but because the city has yet to grow into the area, staff raised concerns that the city is still years away from understanding the needs of the area and an Agri-Mall could alter future development capacities.

But the proposal, from Cold Water Ranch Ltd., states the group has interest from local equipment dealers and if the city doesn’t consider its proposal, they will explore locations in Chilliwack. The meeting will be held at the Ramada Plaza and Conference Centre on North Parallel Road from 6 to 8 p.m.