Lantzville's three-month community engagement plan on urban agriculture is over and results show the public's main concern is nuisance issues - manure, traffic, noise and light.
A questionnaire was available for residents to answer all summer. The input given, along with feedback gathered from public sessions, will be used toward creating options around changing policies for food production in district neighbourhoods.
Lantzville community planner Meredith Seeton said only about 2.5 per cent of the population answered the questionnaire, but the comments given are valuable.
"There are concerns about potential nuisance impacts of urban farming, so things like manure use as a potential issue for smell and also water quality concerns," Seeton said.
Local produce, food security, health and a boost to the local economy were all positives brought up during consultations.
"The whole ideas jam thing was really exciting," she said.
Seeton hopes to report back to council with policy options at the next meeting on Oct. 21.
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