Residents of Kemptville who don’t want a new prison are calling for preservation of 70 hectares of farmland that have been bought for the development.
They are also pursuing a judicial review.
The province has promised to give the municipality 40 hectares.
The residents’ main objection is that they were not adequately consulted and that the province did not follow proper procedure.
In 2020, the provincial government quietly approved plans to replace the Brockville jail with a new 235-bed correctional facility in Kemptville for both men and women at all security levels, although the majority will be minimum- or medium-security inmates.
The new facility is scheduled to be completed in 2027.