Waterloo Region rejects development on farmland

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Politicians in the Waterloo Region have voted in a committee meeting to oppose Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s proposal to allow municipalities to waive restrictions on development on farmland and environmentally sensitive areas.

The committee recommendation is going to a council vote Jan. 15.

Waterloo Federation of Agriculture has been staunchly lobbying against development on prime farmland for decades and the region and cities have set firm boundaries in response.

A heavy investment is going into a light rail transit line that is intended to attract high-rise development along the central area of Kitchener and Waterloo and eventually on to Cambridge.

The plan is that high-rise dwellings will relieve pressure to build subdivisions around the city fringes.

The Waterloo Federation of Agriculture has joined with a few other organizations that oppose Ford’s Bill 66.

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