Landslide near Banks Cres.

A small landslide that took place overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday near a controversial proposed development in Summerland is causing confusion among citizens concerned over who is responsible for it. 

The roughly 50-metre slide took some trees down with it as it progressed down a steep hill off the Faircrest Street and Bristow Road area. 

District of Summerland chief administrative officer Linda Tynan said that there has been a lot of misunderstanding about who is responsible for monitoring the mess. It is privately owned land, and the district has contacted the owners. 

"It is not affecting municipal property or public safety," Tynan said. "It's not arising from our municipal infrastructure. We've encouraged the property owners to take the steps they need to take."

She added that the district is still monitoring the situation. 

"If it was to become bigger, or run the risk of harm to the public, then we would step in for emergency management," Tynan said. 

Tynan also pointed out that small landslides in the area are not uncommon. 

"There's slides that occur on a semi-regular basis, especially after rainstorms and other events, so it's not necessarily unusual to have a slide on a piece of property here," Tynan said. 

The area has been under scrutiny for years due to a proposed large seniors' living development in the area, which was shot down by council in February but which developer Lark Group plans to still pursue

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