Keeps mov­ing the goal­posts

Penticton Herald - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor: There were some new Sum­mer­land re­cently.

They were gen­er­ally younger adults hand­ing out fly­ers with in­for­ma­tion on the pro­posed iCasa devel­op­ment of Banks Cres­cent.

Some were go­ing door-to-door, busi­nessto-busi­ness, clip­board in hand. Some were wear­ing St. El­iz­a­beth badges, yet were not hired by St. El­iz­a­beth.

They were hand­ing out ma­te­rial that at best is mis­lead­ing and in parts, sim­ply not true. Lark’s pre­vi­ous ad­ver­tis­ing ma­te­rial was de­clared to be “mis­lead­ing and un­sup­ported” by the Cana­dian Ad Stan­dards Coun­cil.

It’s un­clear if the de­vel­oper is pro­vid­ing the district with in­fra­struc­ture that will safe­guard the hatch­ery’s wa­ter sup­ply as they claim, or if they plan on do­nat­ing $600,000 to the district to­wards a pos­si­ble sec­ondary wa­ter source.

Their in­for­ma­tion is based on a one-day wa­ter sam­pling re­sult with no other de­tails.

Who will build a wa­ter treat­ment plant? Where is it be­ing built? Are there plans on paper? How will wa­ter be pu­ri­fied of con­tam­i­nates with­out us­ing chlo­rine? How will it be heated in win­ter or cool it in sum­mer? Who will pay for and be re­spon­si­ble for its main­te­nance?

In a 1996 let­ter from the District of Sum­mer­land to the hatch­ery, coun­cil agreed that the land above the Shaugh­nessy Spring was an “en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive zone” and re­clas­si­fied it as agri­cul­tural to fur­ther pro­tect the area from fu­ture res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment.

The num­ber of units con­tin­ues to in­crease from 340 to 380, 390, to 404. Th­ese units were mar­keted as state-of-the-art, age-in-place se­nior liv­ing yet it is now open to all ages. Which is it: se­nior’s vil­lage or con­dos for all ages?

Ac­cord­ing to Lark’s lat­est traf­fic ‘anal­y­sis,’ there will ac­tu­ally be 424 units. Yet Lark claim traf­fic will ac­tu­ally de­crease by 30 per cent.

How can this be? Are they play­ing down the num­ber be­cause they for­got to fac­tor in the mil­lions of dol­lars needed for up­grad­ing of Solly Road or La­timer Av­enue? Will Sum­mer­land cit­i­zens be on the hook for th­ese costs?

Lark is avoid­ing build­ing in red-zoned high haz­ard ar­eas but only by a min­i­mal amount and there is no guar­an­tee that the clay cliffs or the aquifer won’t be dis­turbed ei­ther dur­ing con­struc­tion or af­ter­wards as a re­sult of con­struc­tion.

If the devel­op­ment foot­print is just out­side the red zone, does that not raise the ques­tion if any of it is in or­ange zone?

So many ques­tions and so few real answers. faces in Donna Wahl Sum­mer­land

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