Summerland residents get their chance to have a say on Banks Crescent on Feb. 5.
The District of Summerland has scheduled a public hearing for the controversial seniors housing project for Monday, Feb. 5 at the Arena Banquet Room (8820 Jubilee Rd.) and broken it up into two sections: 1:30 to 4: 30 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The Lark Group is hoping to build 400-plus units of seniors housing with a mix of market housing, independent and assisted living, along with amenities, on a group of properties east of Bristow Road.
Opposition to the Banks Crescent proposal started building as soon as it was announced, with some residents expressing concerns about the stability of the slope, the effects on Shaughnessy Spring, which supplies water to the trout hatchery, deterioration of local roads and changes to the current rural character of the neighbourhood. A petition started in late 2016 opposing the development topped more than 1,000 signatures by the end of January 2017, and now is over 3,000.
Linda Tynan, the chief administrative officer for the district, said they chose the two-session format to ensure everyone who wants to attend is able.