ALR is not for growing houses

Editor:

Re: ALR land could be utilized to help housing situation, letter to the editor, July 18

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The suggestion that unused ALR land be used for housing prompts many questions and requires a comment.

Is this unused farmland close to existing communities and services? How long do you think the value of the unused farmland in the ALR would stay affordable for single-family detached housing?

Would it not require the government to purchase the development rights to the land and subsidize the land price forever? What happens to the owners of the used farmland? How long do you think it would take before the good farmland would be under pressure to be used for other uses?

All land in the ALR should be used only for food growing purposes and marijuana growing should be confined to greenhouses in industrial zoned land only.

Douglas George Massey

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