LETTER: Annexation only answer for region's growth? 0
Over the past few decades, southern Manitoba has seen its population and urban footprint grow.
Civic leaders scramble to deal with demand for industrial and living space and a work force to accommodate business ventures and expansions.
The recent announcement that Winkler has reached agreement with the R.M. of Stanley to annex nearly 6 quarters (960 acres) is evidence of the current and future desire for expansion.
The demand for land is also evident for Morden, which is in discussion with the R.M. of Stanley to annex over 1,700 acres in the future.
There has been little public discussion about these expansions, and there appears to be relatively little concern about the loss of agricultural land because of annexation.
Farmland in the Morden and Winkler area is some of the most productive in Manitoba.
Farmers pride themselves, and justly so, in providing food for an ever increasing world population. However, the current trend, both locally and globally, is the reduction of agricultural land through subdivision and industrial developments.
Is this trend of concern to the local farming community?
Are there alternative ways for urban centres to grow without the loss of so much farmland?