Bank­ing on a big crowd for meet­ing

Po­ten­tial im­pact on in­fra­struc­ture with pro­posed Banks devel­op­ment in Sum­mer­land

Penticton Herald - - NEWS - By SU­SAN MCIVER

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.

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