Plan receives opposition from businesses

We reject the District of Summerland’s plan to swap 200 acres of premium farmland for hilly, marginal lands.

Dear Editor:

We, the undersigned, conduct businesses in Summerland’s downtown core.

Businesses require support and growth in order to survive. All of us recognize this and we want it known that we do support growth in Summerland. Retaining and attracting business development to Summerland is an important economic issue.

However, we reject the District of Summerland’s plan to swap 200 acres of premium farmland for hilly, marginal lands.

We oppose the use of prime Agricultural Land Reserve land for growth. We have signed the “Stop the Swap” petition at www.savethesummerlandalr.com.

Many of those who have signed the petition also attended a Family Day rally and some were present at Municipal Hall for the first reading of the bylaw.

We are not activists; we are your neighbours, your friends and your community at large expressing our core values.

We value ALR land and have a responsibility to protect ALR lands for future generations. The risk of losing our food security is too great.

As mayor and council, your primary role is to represent the interests of your community, both today and into the future. We are counting on your ability to listen to all parties concerned.

We are very concerned with the process in which the land swap has been conducted.

Susan Lopatecki, SASS Boutique

Todd Laidlaw, True Grain Bread

Bryn Bentham, Spokes Clinical Naturopathy

Darlene MacPherson, Silver Kettle Antiques and Collectibles

Barrie and Gary Karner, Summerland Animal Clinic

Becky and Ronald Bateman: Giant’s Head Realty

Mike Stohler, Remax Orchard Country

Gillian Stohler, Summergate Winery

Ken Zagrodney, Chiropractor

Sue Daniels, Registered Nutritionist

Ava Hare, Framecraft Gallery

Ron Clavette and Peggy Padden, Reez’s  Smoked Meat Diner

James Kidner, Hair by James on Kelly

Barbara Wellborn, Welborn Bodyworks

Denise Deleeuw, Summerland Reflexology and Health Centre

Jean Schilter, Cosmos Hairstyling

Lisa and Andrew Burt, Prairie Valley Lodge

Barb Gillespie, Cherry Tree Quilts

Nancy MacInnes, The Carousel

Andrea Szabo, Giant’s Head Realty

Tony Szabo, Windrosa Farm

Dionne Bakalos and Katerina Bakalos, Summerland Gold and Silver Exchange, Penta Strategic Properties

Mikhaela Bakalos, Stepping Stones Child Care

Tom Johnston, Johnston Goodrich Lawyers

Summerland