Prince Edward County Council voted this week to send another message to the Ford government on its new Provincial Planning Statement (PPS) which would allow a large number of new residential lots on prime agricultural land.
The submissions will ask the provincial government to remove prime agricultural land as a category of consideration for residential development. It will also call for the creation of a framework for needed housing and development while ensuring the long-term success and viability of the agricultural sector.
John Thompson, returning from last council meeting, now as President of the Prince Edward Federation of Agriculture, delivered a joint statement on behalf of Ontario’s farm leaders, and spoke of the dangers that the new PPS could bring to the agricultural sector, as well as later discussing its threat to the county’s water table:
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