Land required for growth needs

While infilling is allowed in Summerland and while there are spaces suitable for infill development, land is needed to accommodate growth.

While infilling is allowed in Summerland and while there are spaces suitable for infill development, additional land is needed to accommodate growth in Summerland, municipal planner Ian McIntosh said.

Speaking at the town hall meeting on the Urban Growth Strategy, McIntosh said there are 295 potential infill lots in Summerland, if all property owners of such lands were to subdivide.

Because some of these lots will not be divided, McIntosh said it is more realistic to expect 150 would choose to set up infill lots in the community.

For additional growth, land suitable for construction is needed.

Construction is much easier and much less expensive on valley bottom land than on hillsides, he said.

He added that the costs also increase if services must be extended for new developments.

“If you can grow in the town core, that makes tons of sense,” he said.