Congestion and land use concern Fisher

The municipality’s Urban Growth Plan led Marty Fisher to run for a councillor role.

The municipality’s Urban Growth Plan, discussed and considered by municipal council earlier this spring, led Marty Fisher to run for a councillor role in next month’s municipal election.

“I really don’t like seeing good land being cemented down,” he said.

Fisher worked in intermediate and extended care nursing homes in the past. Now retired, he has lived in Summerland since November of last year.

He said he is concerned with how rapid, dense growth could alter Summerland.

“I just don’t want to see the same things happening here that happened in the Lower Mainland,” he said, explaining that the congestion has caused problems in towns and cities there.

He would also like to see long-term planning for the community.

“I’d really like to see houses last as long as the trees it took to make them,” he said.

The Nov. 15 municipal election is the first time Fisher has run as a candidate.