Hatchery still mulling plan

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. is still working on its final position on the controversial Banks Crescent seniors development in Summerland.

The group — which operates the nearby trout hatchery — previously opposed the plan due to a lack of information about how the developer would protect the hatchery’s water source, Shaughnessy Springs.

It asked for a third-party study into the Lark Group’s aquifer protection plan, and got one, which was presented to Summerland council on Monday.

The report concluded construction would have minimal risks, but it remains to been seen how the hatchery will interpret those risks.

Hatchery manager Kyle Girgan said they are still working on their response to the 155-page study, but will have it ready by the Jan. 22 council meeting.

Summerland council has indicated that the project will not go forward without addressing the concerns of the hatchery.

The formal public hearing on the development will take place Feb. 5 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Arena Banquet Room in Summerland.

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