Farmland dispute will end with vote
A long-standing dispute in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley could end this week with a crucial vote.
Kings County council will vote Tuesday night on whether a large area of farmland should be rezoned to give the landowners the opportunity to develop it.
Meanwhile, an organization that opposes the rezoning and is trying to preserve farmland said it's gaining more support.
The group — No Farms, No Food — needs to gain the support of at least one Kings County councillor in order to vote down a proposal that could clear the way for development of more than 160 hectares of land in Greenwich.
The first vote two weeks ago was six to five in favor of rezoning.
At a public hearing around the same time, there was huge support from the community against development.
"The people don't want this, the community doesn't want it, and here we've got tons of support and it's growing and growing and growing," said Marilyn Cameron, who is with No Farms, No Food.
Patricia Bishop was raised on a farm in Greenwich and now operates an organic farm.
"If we develop our lands into houses in areas where we can grow great crops then we just will not have that ability, it's just plain and simple," said Bishop. "We just won't be able to feed ourselves if we don't have the land base to do it."
Doug Hennigar operates one of the five farm markets in Greenwich and owns some of the land in question. He said only about 50 hectares is actually suitable for crops and not all markets in the area operate under the same conditions.
"There's three different zones in those five farm markets," said Hennigar. "This whole thing is about making the community the same, the same access to the same sorts of zones."
Opponents of the rezoning plan to hold a candlelight vigil at the municipal building before the second vote.