In Metchosin Peter and Jane Hammond couldn’t sell tea without a TCUP.
It is the third TCUP, or temporary commercial use permit, ever issued by the District of Metchosin.
The permit allows the couple to operate a teahouse restaurant at their home on Rocky Point Road for three years with the option to renew the permit one time.
Now called Glenrosa Farm, the Kalima teahouse operated on the site in the 1970s and ’80s prior to incorporation.
The Hammonds can operate a 66-seat restaurant and can run special events including weddings up to 66 seats.
They can apply for a special event permit to operate up to 96 seats for an event. The permit limits them to 12 special event applications a year and they must give council two weeks advanced notice when applying. The garden area can be used during special events.
“They will have to seize all music by eleven and shut down by midnight,” said Mayor John Ranns.
Only Coun. Bob Gramigna did not support the permit.
Ranns said nearly 100 people showed support of the proposal and he heard from only two or three people who opposed.
“If residents don’t want something they don’t get it. It has to go both ways and if the residents say they want something then they get it,” Ranns said. “I kept asking if Metchosin was mature enough to consider something like this. And it would seem so.”
The farm is near Pedder Bay Marina, the Galloping Goose and Matheson Lake Park.
Currently the Hammonds operate a small bed and breakfast.