No need for proposed plan

Sustainable growth requires full-time, permanent jobs so people can afford to move and buy housing.

Dear Editor:

Wished-for growth hopes to attract people somehow.

Sustainable growth requires full-time, permanent jobs so people can afford to move and buy housing.

Summerland has no need at this time for the proposed community plan which includes a large amount of Class 1 Agricultural Land Reserve land.

Good agricultural land, good growing conditions make the ALR land involved a precious resource in B.C.

The current drought in the southwest United States will mean higher prices for whatever can be grown there. The loonie is at its more normal rate of exchange so our dollar will not get us bargains.

The mayor spoke publicly recently of the opportunity to develop the former RCMP station land.

The Wharton Street project has been considered for several years. If those properties cannot be developed, then why extend the land base much further from the town centre?

The idea of a net gain of ALR land is phoney. It’s like trading a race horse for an old plug. Their ALR categories are at opposite ends of the ratings.

The people are speaking. They have good cause to be concerned about the foolish plan now being considered. Please, council and mayor, be realistic and end this “new” plan.

Sheila White

Summerland