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Land swap not stopped

Summerland council voted 4-1 in favour of approving a controversial land swap Monday night.

The swap would see just over 80 hectares of farmland removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve and 90 hectares of land, farther out of town in West Prairie Valley, swapped in.

"Not one farmer is being asked to stop farming," said Mayor Janice Perrino. "It is the best plan to grow for our future residents."

Members of 'Stop the Swap' believe the municipality is taking away some of the best farm land from the Agricultural Land Reserve and replacing it with land of lesser quality.

Several residents expressed disappointment at Monday night's vote and said they won't give up the fight.

"I'm bemused," said Erin Carlson, organizer of Stop the Swap.

"I went in knowing they were going to do this, but to actually hear them vote that way is a huge disappointment. Council does not have the power to make the final decision. And I believe in the Agricultural Land Commission to follow their mandate."

More details to follow.


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