Local politicians were hungry to help the owner of an agricultural property near Oliver get the approvals required to open an on-site eating and drinking establishment.

The owner of a fruit stand at 5535 Highway 97 asked the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to support an application to the Agricultural Land Commission to permit the non-farm use.

The RDOS board on Thursday voted against a staff recommendation not to send the application on to the ALC.

Rick Knodel, the RDOS director for Area C (rural Oliver) spoke in support of the proposal and noted such multi-faceted businesses are becoming more common as agriculturalists fight for their survival.

This article has been corrected to clarify the RDOS board voted in favour of sending the application to the ALC