Blue Meadow Farm feuds with neighbor over Richmond regulations

Richmond, BC –

A dispute in Richmond between a stable and its neighbor turns sour. The owner of Blue Meadow Farm claims his neighbor is breaking several regulations and in doing so is causing major problems for his horses and riders.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” said David Kao, whose family owns Blue Meadow Farm.

“They started bringing in dump trucks and machinery.”

Kao says his property was once a quiet place to go horseback riding, teaching lessons, and riding horses. That changed, he says, when new neighbors moved in last August.

“When we have kids riding, we have to completely stop our riding lesson so they finish draining,” stable manager Janice Foley said.

Foley says the frequent noise of trucks dumping large amounts of lumber startles horses, creating a dangerous environment for riders.

“One of these days these people are going to jump in and cause trouble for the wrong horse and the wrong rider,” Foley said.

The owner of the adjacent property, Daniel Cheung, also owns Canwest Marine Services, which advertises services including storage and distribution solutions. Blue Meadow Farm filed formal complaints against the neighbor for violating several municipal by-laws, including those regarding noise, unsightly premises and the use of farmland for industrial purposes.

“Obviously we want to understand, remedy the situation just between neighbors if possible,” Kao said. “But the guy told me to get a lawyer. He told me that the fines are just small change for him.

Kao says an altercation between a worker from the neighboring property and a horse trainer led him to call the police.

CTV News contacted Cheung, who said he didn’t believe he was doing anything wrong and would not make any changes unless forced to by the city of Richmond.

CTV News has learned that Cheung received multiple fines late last year for violating unsightly premises regulations.

“We are aware,” said Clay Adams, communications manager for the City of Richmond.

“We have an active case on this location.”

Adams wouldn’t divulge details about the case, but says certain situations could result in stiffer penalties.

“If you violate any zoning requirement, then we’ll get into much larger issues, which often involve much larger sums of money, potentially lawsuits, etc.,” Adams said.

Meanwhile, Foley and Kao say they’ll get over the feud for as long as it takes.

“We fight until the end,” Foley said.

Chris B. Hall