Delaying a decision

The decision on Summerland’s Urban Growth Plan has been postponed.

On Monday evening, municipal council opted to wait before a decision is made on the controversial plan.

The postponement came after a public hearing on the proposal, held on March 3. At that hearing, some who wished to attend were turned away as the venue was filled to capacity.

At least one town hall meeting and a new public hearing will be held before the final decision is reached, delaying the decision by at least another four to six weeks.

The extra time allows for more information to be presented about the plan before a decision is reached.

It also provides an opportunity to alleviate some of the tensions which have developed since the report on the growth strategy was presented in early December.

Since that time, the community has become divided over this issue, with passionate arguments presented for and against the proposal.

At present, a decision either way would leave a significant segment of the community dissatisfied.

Considering the strongly held opinions on both sides of this issue, there is some question as to whether public opinion on the plan will change, even with additional information presented.

The longer process may serve to ease tensions, at least at present, but a decision will still be required.

Summerland needs a new growth plan and council will have to vote on whether to accept the Urban Growth Plan which has been proposed.

This decision will not be an easy one.

Whether council chooses to proceed with the plan as presented, reject the plan or ask for a redrawing of the growth area boundaries, no decision will satisfy all in the community.


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