Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Letters to the editor...Landowner annoyed at greenbelt restrictions
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 6 Dec 2006, p. 7

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Dear editor, I am an annoyed landowner, or should I say ex-landowner, just a caretaker of land for other people to enjoy. Every time you look through the real estate section of the newspaper you see houses advertised "backing onto forever greenspace" as if the acres of farm property next to their home is theirs to enjoy. I have had people say, "Oh, you're in the greenbelt. You won't be able to give it away." That really makes one feel good, especially when you see farms advertised as "not in the greenbelt, 50 acres, $10 million". Don't people stop to think that in the future when this land gets developed-- on some of the best farmland I might add-- what that is going to make the price of a house? I wonder when I go to sell my farm how I would advertise it? Maybe, "Sorry greenbelt property. Please give me something for it." But then again, maybe I should be positive and advertise it-- "Wow. Forever greenbelt, 75 acres, your own paradise, stream, bush, trails in bush, camp on your own fresh air property, open fires, half-hour from the city. Be the envy of every house backing onto your greenspace. After all, they can look at it but can't put a foot on it. Only $10 million." Webb Kamminga, Acton

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Letters to the editor...Landowner annoyed at greenbelt restrictions