LETTER: Solly does not meet requirements for collector road

If an attempt to make Solly a collector road is made, it will cost a lot more than $1.2 million

Dear Editor:

Our first snowfall of the year on Thursday, Nov. 2, even with ploughing and sanding, found the conditions on Solly Road requiring a four-wheel drive.

Thursday through to the following Monday, two-wheel drive vehicles were still backing down Solly Road because they could not make the steep grade from Broad Street to Cook Street.

Solly Road does not meet the terms of reference to make it a collector road under the Summerland Transportation Master Plan.

It cannot support another 2,000 vehicles if Lark’s development proposal is sanctioned.

If an attempt to make Solly a collector road is made, it will cost the District of Summerland a lot more than the reported $1.2 million.

A collector road must also collect other collector roads, not just Highway 97 and a mega-development. It would have to collect with Peach Orchard and/or Lakeshore. Drive.

Given the topography, it should collect both.

Has this been brought into the equation?

Another of many concerns I have relates to the fish hatchery.

The aquifer which has supplied the water source for this gift to our community for the last 100 years, supplies 3,500,000 litres (almost one million gallons) of water every day at a constant temperature of 10 Celsius year-round.

That is why previous councils over the years have worked to diligently protect the hatchery.It is also why our Official Community Plan stipulates Low density to medium density for Lowertown.

As well, our zoning bylaws reflect the same. This is what our present mayor and council are considering changing.

There will be far more costs to the taxpayer than any development cost charges received or property taxes generated.

Orv Robson


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