Development would change Summerland

With a bigger population comes bigger infrastructure problems

Dear Editor:

I remember when the first high rise building went up behind the mall, aptly named Cherry Lane Towers. It wasn’t that long ago.

Now there are so many high rises in that block it’s almost impossible to count.

If Summerland allows its Official Community Plan to be changed to include High Density Level 8, especially in among single family dwellings, this too is what Summerland would look like in a few short years.

Don’t forget, with a bigger population comes bigger infrastructure problems including jamming our two main intersections at the highway unless you plan to move the gas stations and fast foods.

There will be more parking problems in the downtown core, contrary to Mayor Peter Waterman’s beliefs, do not create more business.

In fact studies show that people tend to go elsewhere if there are parking problems.

“A successful business is one that attracts clients and keeps them coming back. Everything about the business should aim for that goal. Despite having a great line-up of products and excellent service, not every business achieves that goal because of one simple, yet fairly common problem: parking space shortages.” “A simple parking space shortage can cause a lot of problems for the business in the long run.” (Excerpts from “parking-space-shortage-dont-let-it-ruin-your-business”)

There will also be less tourism as there will be less orchards and vineyards to tour. Oh yes, and more water shortages.

Please councillors – think ahead. Your decision now will be your legacy.

Is this what you want Summerland to look like in the future?

Donna Wahl


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