EDITORIAL: A tedious process

The proposed Banks Crescent development was first made public last year in November

For the better part of a year, Summerlanders have been waiting for municipal council to make a decision on a proposed development on Banks Crescent.

The development, for a 424-unit seniors housing facility, was first made public last year in November.

Since that time, the developer has made presentations, neighbours have responded with signs, letters and petitions and the municipality has called for reports and studies about the potential effects of the project.

This is a complex project and it is essential that council members have full, complete information before making a decision.

The impacts of the development on water, wastewater, electrical service and roads need to be considered.

Once the project is in place, the effects, whether good or bad, will be long-lasting.

Important decisions such as the Banks Crescent development proposal should not be rushed. And when a large development is considered, the process will not move quickly.

However, the decision-making process has been extremely long at this point, and the community is getting tired.

Some are wondering how much more information is needed before council members are ready to cast their votes on this matter.

At an upcoming committee of the whole meeting, council will hear a presentation on the effects of this development on municipal infrastructure. This presentation will follow a workshop format, without the time constraints of a regular council meeting.

The meeting marks the first time the effects on infrastructure are being presented to council.

It is essential that the members of council have adequate time to consider the reports and studies on the development.

But eventually, a decision must be made.

There is a time to conclude the information-gathering process and to choose to accept or reject a development proposal.

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