Banking on a big crowd for meeting
Potential impact on infrastructure with proposed Banks development in Summerland
SUMMERLAND — The potential impact on district infrastructure should the proposed controversial Banks Crescent development be approved will be the topic of a special evening council of the whole meeting.
Potential costs along with options available to council regarding these costs will also be included in the discussion.
Presentations by staff will focus on water, waste water, electrical service and roads.
The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 25, beginning at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Municipal Hall, 13211 Henry Avenue.
Council of the whole meetings are open to the public.
“The topic is of interest for the public,” said chief administrative officer Linda Tynan at Tuesday’s council meeting.
She was, explaining why the meeting was being held in the evening rather than in the morning as is customary for COW meetings.
“Will council chambers be big enough?” asked Coun. Toni Boot.
There are 60 seats in chambers and on occasion there has been standing room only when the topic of Banks Crescent has been on the agenda.
Tynan replied that overflow attendance occurred when council was also considering other matters of high interest.
“The information for presentation is complex and there are many options for each scenario. In addition, the general discussion should include the relationship between development cost charges, development agreement contributions and past practise of developmentrelated infrastructure improvements,” director of development services Tynan wrote in her memorandum to council.
“Will we be able to find out costs prior to the meeting on Oct. 25,” resident Barbara Robson asked at the end of the meeting.
“If council gets it (staff reports) in advance, it will be available to the public,” Tynan replied.
The proposed 424-unit development has been generating considerable controversial since it was first introduced to the public last fall.
Jos Dronkers, a member of Summerlanders for Sensible Development, presented a petition opposing the development bearing 3011 signatures, 2461 of which are from Summerland residents.
Marie Gallant told council that the group supporting the development “is growing in large numbers.”
The impact of the proposed development on the Summerland Trout Hatchery will not be addressed at the Oct. 25 meeting.
In his letter of Sept. 7, 2017, Kyle Girgan, manager of the hatchery, asked the district to commission an independent reviewer regarding relevant submissions from the developer, the Lark Group.
When asked by the Herald about the status of Girgan’s request, Mayor Peter Waterman said that it is “our wish to have an independent reviewer.”
A recommendation from the director of development services is slated to be on the agenda of the Oct. 23 council meeting.
In recognition of the importance of the hatchery, council passed a resolution on Jan. 23, that issues regarding the hatchery be resolved before addressing the many other outstanding questions such as those topics that will be addressed at the upcoming council of the whole meeting.