I once attended a series of land use planning meetings across the Pontiac which finished at our MRC with the Quebec Land Use Planning Committee hosting the meeting.
With only about three per cent of Canada’s total land base suitable for crop production, our province decided that some direction should be developed to reduce the skyrocketing use of farmland for buildings and roads. One of Pontiac’s best mayors wanted to have a strip on both sides of our main highway released from the agricultural zone so it could be developed. The Land Protection Commissioner replied, “You want to turn the highway into Main Street, don’t you?” That mayor was then very upset and muttered, “How much land do the farmers need for the next 50 years?” That was 25 years ago. That mayor has passed on and his family has moved away but we will need land to produce food on for as long as the human race survives.
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