LETTER: Reasons for opposing Summerland development

I have lived here since 1987 and I have never been against anything this town has proposed before

Dear Editor:

In response to the retired welder who has lived in Summerland 10 years and believes it’s the same group who say no to everything, I’d like to say this:

I could probably speak for many people who are against the proposed development of Banks Crescent but I won’t. I will speak only for myself. I have lived in Summerland since 1987 and I have never been against anything this town has proposed before. To assume this is an insult.

In fact, until now I have never felt the need to even respond to a letter to the editor.

I am against Lark’s proposed seniors development for very good reasons.

Banks Crescent land cannot support the weight of such a structure. Roads leading to Banks Crescent cannot support the weight of heavy construction vehicles and are not designed for heavy traffic use.

Nobody knows how big the aquifer is or how deep it lies, but we do know it comes to the surface just below Banks Crescent and that is the very reason B.C.’s oldest trout hatchery was built here.

We also know that most seniors want to live within easy walking distance of shopping facilities and that many prefer quality of life over a distant view.

There is a reason that the developers aren’t giving specifics about how many people will be employed. They don’t want to commit to hiring until they absolutely have to.

The part of the facility that will employ the most people is the part that they plan to build last and there is definitely no lake view from underground.

There is a reason that red-zoned cliffs are zoned red. They tend to shift and the potential for hazard is high.

There is a reason why the developer keeps trying to back out of their commitments to find an alternative pristine water source for the hatchery — because there isn’t one.

If these aren’t reasons enough to be against this development proposal, could I suggest you Google the accidentally disturbed aquifer in Vancouver that has cost that city over $10 million so far and is still unstopped.

I’m guessing you retired from a larger city. Many people do. But if High Density Level 8 is allowed in Summerland, we’ll all find ourselves living in a larger city soon. We won’t even need to move.

If council lets this can crack open, there will be a lot of worms crawling out.

Donna Wahl

Summerland

Just Posted

Justice to decide court’s jurisdiction over Indigenous man

Alex Louie, also known as Senklip, is standing trial over 9 charges related to alleged gun smuggling

Penticton pilots new mobile parking payment app

Eliminating the need to carry change for parking meters

Hospital expansion will increase access to MRI scans

Profiling the people working together to keep the wheels moving at Penticton Regional Hospital

EDITORIAL: The effects of high housing costs

For those who live in the Okanagan, the cost of housing is a significant obstacle

Contenders to perform at Okanagan venues

This year, musicians Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard will be joined by Blu and Kelly Hopkins

Rally condemns violence, promotes healing

Discovery of human remains and disappearances of women have created tension in the rural community

Province grants $784,000 for Okanagan projects

Rural Dividend grants support Okanagan community projects

B.C. NDP convention set for Victoria

Premier, federal leader Jagmeet Singh to add energy

Silver Creek RCMP search expands north

RCMP were seen collecting evidence three kilometres north of the farm where human remains were found

B.C. school trustee calls LGBTQ school program ‘weapon of propaganda’

Chilliwack’s Barry Neufeld published the comments on his Facebook page

B.C. couple hope boat drone becomes first to cross Atlantic

Colin and Julie Angus of Victoria to have drone collect environmental data en route

Driver trapped for 16 hours after car flips

Member of Anarchist Mountain Volunteer Fire Department in Osoyoos made discovery while out for walk

B.C. casino accused of illegal activity follows rules: operator

B.C. had launched review after concerns about money laundering at River Rock casino in Richmond

Most Read