Stop work order issued against Fort St. John Rodeo Grounds

The latter has issued a stop-work order in connection with Terry McLeod’s plans to develop a rodeo grounds, equestrian centre and 115-pad RV park, on his 70-hectare property, because it is considered unauthorized “non-farm use.”

The order reportedly followed an inspection of the property in November.

It allegedly comes despite assurances from Mr. Macleod he wouldn’t “conduct any activity on the property that is not permitted,” and also that he would post a bond to ensure the removal of metal grandstands or take other steps to ensure use of the property was in compliance.

The story goes on to say Mr. McLeod asked for a delay on the removal of the grandstands until they were required elsewhere, or until his application had been reconsidered.

He reportedly referred to a Peace River Regional District review of the Fort St. John Fringe Area Plan, which could result in his land being removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve to meet future growth needs.

However, the Sun says, an ALC enforcement officer claimed the assurances came “very late in the day” and ordered Mr. McLeod to remove the metal grandstands, and an announcer’s booth, along with commercially stored boats, recreational vehicles, and industrial equipment, from the property, by June 1, 2014.