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Banks Cres. killed

Chelsea Powrie

UPDATE: 9:04 a.m. Wednesday

The 5 - 2 decision to vote down the Banks Crescent development had "no winners," according to councillor Doug Holmes, who voted against the project.

"It was a long process, I'm sorry it had to take so long, it drained a lot of people," Holmes said. "The developers put a lot of work into this so they don't feel so well, and the residents of the neighbourhood have been through turmoil for the past year."

He added that just because a councillor voted down this development, doesn't mean they're anti-development in general.

"There's a big need [for housing] in this community," he said.

Mayor Peter Waterman voted in favour of the development, and said that though he's disappointed, he is proud of the community and council for seeing the democratic process through.

"The issue had a full engagement, we discussed everything from the last 22 months," Waterman said. "Things either move ahead at third reading or they don't, and they didn't."

Protestor and resident Walter Haessig, sporting a bright yellow badge with a slash through the words "Banks Crescent," was thrilled with the result.

"It's just too big for a small place like [Summerland], and of course we were very concerned for the fishery," Haessig said. "I see a lot of very happy Summerlanders here tonight."


ORIGINAL: 7:53 p.m. Tuesday

Summerland council has voted to reject the deeply controversial 424-unit seniors resort proposed for Banks Crescent.

The decision comes the day after a public hearing Monday at the Summerland arena that saw more than 100 speakers voice their mind on the project.

The development would have added around 1,000 new residents to the community and generated tax revenue equivalent to a 5.7 per cent property tax increase.

The many opponents of the project campaigned against the development mostly on traffic, its size, and the risks it would create for Shaughnessy Springs, the nearby trout hatchery’s water source.

Mayor Peter Waterman and Coun. Janet Peake were the dissenting votes in the 5 - 2 decision.

More to come...

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