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What can 575 acres of arable land in Pincher Creek produce?

This is, without a doubt, more critical than enough energy to power 28,000 homes.

And that is only when the sun shines!

If this is true, then in Pincher Creek the sun may shine 40 per cent, plus or minus.

If this is reality, then it would be fair to say that solar energy will produce only enough energy for 11,200 homes.

What can arable land in Pincher Creek produce?

575 acres of wheat will produce 1,570,000 loaves of bread. That could feed 4,300 people for one year, based at one loaf per person per day.


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Based on normal years and averages, 575 acres can produce:

Wheat: 37,375 bushels at 65 bushels per acre.

Canola: 28,750 bushels at 50 bushels per acre.

Barley: 51,750 bushels at 90 bushels per acre.

37,375 bushels of wheat will produce 560,000 pounds of pork.

How many people will that feed?

51,750 bushels of barley will produce 360,000 pounds of beef.



How many people in Pincher Creek enjoy our beef?

28,750 bushels of canola, once processed, will yield 650,000 pounds of canola oil.

790,000 pounds of canola meal. By the way, canola meal is a very good source of protein used for animal feed.

How many litres of biodiesel will canola produce?

I can go on and on, what we can produce other than solar energy on arable land.

Covering good-producing land with silicone to collect energy is a sin.

Opinion: Pincher Creek rental concerns

Are you aware that there are already 20-plus unregulated tourist homes (short-term rentals or STRs) operating in the town of Pincher Creek?

Are you aware that if proposed land-use bylaw No. 1547-AO is approved by council, we could end up losing up to 83 homes and rental units for residents (five per cent of the community’s 1,665 single-detached homes could be approved as Type 2 STRs)?

These would become tourist accommodation, unavailable to residents for long-term rental unless they are willing to pay an exorbitant amount of money each month! Can our community afford this loss of homes and rental units when so many people are looking for a place to live?

It is one thing to allow residents to rent one or more rooms to lodgers (proposed Type 1 STR). It is quite another thing to allow commercial landlords to buy up residential houses and convert them into Type 2 STRs — depleting our limited rental housing supply and creating a devastating impact on available housing in our community.

Regulated STRs are thought to bring economic benefits to a community — but who benefits at the expense of whom? The town may benefit with added commercial tax revenues and licensing. Businesses that cater to tourists, such as restaurants, bars and food stores, may benefit.

But it’s the STR owners, including many who do not even live in our community, who are the real benefactors, taking revenue out of our community! This at the expense of new residents moving to our community who need places to live.

Because most STRs are located in residential areas, our neighbourhoods become fragmented. We no longer have neighbours but a constantly rotating number of strangers. Complaints about safety, traffic, trash, noise and parties become more common. Our community has much to lose if the town doesn’t regulate STRs closely.

Our community needs to ensure that each person and family wanting to reside long term in our community can find a place to live.

The Town of Pincher Creek is hosting a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 14, in council chambers at 962 St. John Ave., at 6 p.m. We urge you to attend; this is your chance to make your voice heard.