Revised plan adopted

Summerland’s Official Community Plan was adopted on Monday evening, following a public hearing at the municipal council meeting.

Summerland’s Official Community Plan was adopted on Monday evening, following a public hearing at the municipal council meeting.

The 185-page document sets out the direction for land use within the community.

Changes to the plan reduce the size of the Urban Growth Area to roughly half the size in an amendment from last year.

Under the revision, land within the Agricultural Land Reserve will not be designated for future growth.

Ian McIntosh, director of development services for the municipality, said the new Urban Growth Area will not affect existing zoning.

At the public hearing, residents raised concerns about land off Victoria Road South, near the former Glenfir School site, saying a development in that area will affect local wildlife.

Members of council raised concerns about land in the West Prairie Valley area.

Much of the land in the West Prairie Valley area earlier designated for future growth has been zoned open land.

Mayor Peter Waterman said the public may later decide on another use for the land in this area.

“It’s an open slate for the community to decide what’s going to happen in West Prairie Valley,” he said.

Coun. Janet Peake said the community plan could be amended in the future if necessary. “It’s always a work in progress,” she said.

“We are at a position where it’s time to move forward,” said Coun. Toni Boot.

Coun. Doug Holmes and Coun. Erin Carlson voted against the bylaw.

 

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