It was good to see that Kings County municipal council has included the protection of agricultural land in the terms of reference in studying the business case for the relocation of the municipal airport. (Kings County Register, June 12, “County approves airport business case study terms of reference”). Of concern, however, are the reported comments of one councillor who “won’t be deeply opposed to the use of agricultural land” and that “compromises might have to be made.”
In this direction is a slippery slope that could lead to agricultural land being sacrificed for any economic purpose. If airport type businesses are permitted on farmland, why not golf courses, subdivisions, anything at all?
Let us hope our community is not plunged once again into this divisive argument and that our municipal council and provincial government remain committed to the preservation of our most valuable, necessary, and enduring resource: our farmland.