Decision will not go to referendum

The future of Summerland’s controversial Urban Growth Strategy will be decided by members of municipal council.

The future of Summerland’s controversial Urban Growth Strategy will be decided by members of municipal council, not through a referendum process.

Responding to a question at the town hall meeting on Monday evening, Mayor Janice Perrino said a referendum is not used to determine the outcome of a growth plan.

She added that the last two Official Community Plans, in 1996 and 2008, were decided by those at the council table, not through a referendum process.

The proposed Wharton Street development and the proposed Summerland Hills Golf Resort development were also council decisions.

Including a referendum question on growth at the upcoming municipal election in November would not be appropriate, she said.

“It’s never one issue that should get a person elected,” she said.

Municipal administrator Tom Day said a referendum is required when borrowing money over a five-year period if the borrowing is not approved by the Alternate Approval Process.