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Sheep sent packing for new pastures
Sheep recently sent to downtown Richmond to graze at a future development site are moving to greener pastures.
After counting sheep Thursday afternoon, the city reported all but six of the 25 woolly wascals had been removed from a grassy field in the 8200 block of Alexandra Road.
“Most of the sheep have been removed as per city directives to the property owner,” said Ted Townsend, city spokesperson. “We provided several extensions but after lack of response by the landscaper, we have been working directly with the property owner to achieve compliance with our bylaws.”
The property’s zoning of “auto oriented commercial” does not permit the keeping of sheep. Townsend also noted there were concerns about the care of the animals as prescribed under the city’s animal control bylaw.
“The keeping of livestock is incompatible with typical urban land uses,” he said.
Property owner Modern International Holdings Ltd. has until today to remove the remaining sheep from the property, which is located across from Lansdowne Centre mall and sandwiched between restaurants.
On Sept. 4, a landscaper from Magnolia Tree Services brought a flock of sheep to the field to keep the site’s grass and weeds in check.
In an earlier interview with The Richmond Review, Modern International manager Charles Lee said although his firm hired Magnolia, the decision to bring sheep to the site was not authorized by his firm.
Modern International has applied to build a commercial complex on the site that would feature a nine-storey hotel, along with retail and restaurant space.