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Going, Going Gone

During recent years 3 parcels of farmland have been approved by Kings County Council for residential, commercial and/or industrial development.
The smallest parcel was completely lost. In the process many other parcels of farmland have been placed at risk as this set a precedent for small parcels of agriculture land surrounded by farm fields

In Port Williams, with the approval of the local council and new NDP government, hundreds of acres of prime agricultural land were also approved for development.

A Comprehensive Development District was approved on February 1, 2011 by Kings County Council. This could have removed four farms in Greenwich, and a total of 382 acres from the agricultural district. Provincial approval was however required and that was denied.

Background

The majority of the pre-2012 council members were pro-development and consistently vote in favour of moving applications to develop farmland steadily forward. That council was been described as “dysfunctional” by consultants contracted by council to perform an organizational review. The review says “personal agendas” defined how council spent its time.

The battle to save these parcels of farmland had mixed results. Two of three applications to remove farmland land from the agricultural district succeeded, at least in part. These links take you back to the decisions made by the 2008-2012 council.