Developer wants a hearing

The developer behind a controversial seniors development in Summerland is asking, again, for a public hearing on the matter.

In a brief letter to council dated Nov. 2, Lark Group project manager Malek Tawashy requested council set a hearing date at Tuesday's meeting. They made a similar request back in July. 

The developers are proposing to build a 400-unit seniors housing complex on Banks Crescent, but have been hobbled by organized public opposition and the local hatchery.

Last month, council commissioned a third-party review for the Lark Group’s plans to protect the Summerland Trout Hatchery aquifer.

“Unfortunately, with the time required for the review and the limitations on available suitable professionals we have been provided a tentative timeline for completion of mid-December,” a report prepared by staff for council reads.

Staff are recommending that council hold off on setting a date for public hearing, pending the aquifer report and negotiations around developer amenities.

“With these considerations we would likely be looking at a mid-December public hearing date,” the report states.

The Lark Group also updated council on its public outreach campaign, in which they claim to have more than 1,200 signed letters of support. More than 2,200 Summerland addresses have signed a petition against the project.

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