Didn’t take long for the Gordon Delaney of the CH to get a report up on the Greenwich re-zoning meeting in Kentville. [link fixed] He must have been filing from the venue!
David Daniels, well known to readers here, makes the lead paragraph.
A lawyer for a group opposed to a controversial farmland rezoning proposal in the Annapolis Valley says Kings County council could be acting illegally if it adopts the amendments.Allowing the rezoning of 380 acres of farmland in Greenwich, Kings County, “will constitute an illegal action and a denial of the public’s right to procedural fairness and natural justice,” Wolfville lawyer David Daniels said Monday night.
He made the comments at a public hearing that drew over 200 people, filling the gallery and the hallway outside council chambers, where chairs had to be set up to accommodate the overflow.
Mr. Daniels having cut his teeth on the CAO contract issue, knows about going beyond the NSURB to the Supreme Court.
Daniels said council’s approval of the rezoning would not be brought to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board but to Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
The Municipal Government Act allows people to apply to a Supreme Court judge to quash a bylaw or resolution of council for illegality.
Daniels argues that the proposed amendments are not in the public’s interest.
But who decides what is in the public interest? A municipality can appropriate your land if it feels it is in the public interest. Property rights are not in the charter.
All in all an emotional, even entertaining evening complete with music and slide show. Climate change was mentioned, naturally. When is it not?
Farmers got the last word in the article – but not anywhere else.
Paul Elderkin, a longtime farmer and the father of Peter Elderkin, said farmers are struggling.
“If they were able to make a decent living, there wouldn’t be so much land for sale,” he said.
Need we add that Wolfville has contributed to the competitive advantage of surrounding areas and therefore their attractiveness for development by making Wolfville one of the most expensive places to buy in the province outside of Halifax.