Places for growth

When the new municipal council takes office on Dec. 1, the first order of business will be a resolution to rescind a land application.

When the newly elected municipal council takes office on Dec. 1, the first order of business will be a resolution to rescind a controversial land application.

The application, before the provincial Agricultural Land Commission, calls for the removal of 80.34 hectares from the Agricultural Land Reserve near the downtown core, while 91.7 hectares in the Prairie Valley area would be added to the land reserve.

Since this land exchange was presented, many in the community have expressed their outrage about it.

During the election campaign in October and November, opposition to the land exchange was a key point for many candidates. Several of those who were elected had promised to vote to rescind the application to the Agricultural Land Commission.

Scrapping the land plan is clearly the direction Summerland voters wanted from the new council.

It makes sense for the new council to hold this vote as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, a decision to rescind the land swap application might not be sufficient.

While such a decision will put an end to a plan which raised the ire of many in Summerland, it is not necessarily the end of discussions and debates about future growth.

In British Columbia, municipalities are required to have growth plans in place.

Without proposed Urban Growth Plan, council is left with the direction for growth from the 2008 Official Community Plan. That plan identified the Prairie Valley area as the key site for future growth.

If the existing plan is considered workable for Summerland’s future needs, the matter is resolved. If not, the new council will be faced with the unenviable task of creating a plan which can accommodate growth.

 

 

Just Posted

Super blood wolf moon fills Okanagan skies, to photographers’ delight

Photographers had a rare chance Sunday to capture a rare lunar eclipse

LETTER: Information was presented prematurely

Summerland staff reported on Banks Crescent proposal before application was ready.

Wonderful addition to existing park

Writer wants to see 28 acres added to Okanagan Provincial Park

Time’s up for Daylight Savings Time

Join the protest against DST

LETTER: Funds were borrowed from ICBC and B.C. Hydro

Method helped government hype but depleted needed money in the corporations

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America

Doug Ford says the Liberals’ carbon tax will plunge Canada into recession

The Ontario premier said there are already warning signs of difficult economic times ahead

Kamloops video rental store robbed for second time in 8 days

Movie Mart was robbed on Jan. 11 and held up again on Saturday afternoon under very similar circumstances

Kamala Harris opens U.S. presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Woman offers luxury Alberta home for just $25 and a flair for the written word

Alla Wagner ran into health problems, which forced her to list the 5,000-square-foot estate at market value

46% of Canadians $200 or less away from financial insolvency: poll

45% cent of those surveyed say they will need to go further into debt to pay their living and family expenses

World economy forecast to slow in 2019 amid trade tensions

For Canada, the IMF’s estimate for growth in 2019 was 1.9 per cent, down from expected global growth of 3.5 per cent

Most Read