Naramata isn't suburbia

I am writing to you to voice my concerns over the proposed Spiller Rd. develop site on the Naramata Bench.  After residing in Vancouver and North Van for 34 years. my husband and I decided to move to a quieter, more peaceful, unpopulated area, with more green space, less traffic and more property space, and purchased a 4-acre vineyard in Naramata.

We have enjoyed our 13 years here so far, but have noticed way more traffic on our only single lane Naramata Road., loss of green space when looking east up into the hills above us, and less wildlife sighted.

The thoughts of having to contend with a very large subdivision on the Bench, more cars and people, road work, unsightly view, etc. is not what I want here.  Now the orchard at 880 Naramata Rd. has been replaced with unsightly hills of dirt for the last 2 yrs. But who knows why. A winery with vineyard would be acceptable or back to its original orchard property, but certainly not 340 homes and at least double the cars. 

Heaven forbid we Naramatians have to pick up and leave in case of a forest fire in our area, with only our one lane road to evacuate us.  We would never get out alive.  Also delays if anyone in Naramata needed an ambulance from Penticton to Naramata and return and be stopped, delayed or detoured due to any major roadwork for this site, not to mention displacement of wildlife. Also, during hot, dry summer months when water is rationed and in short supply, where does the developer intend to get water from and to this huge development?

I hope the Penticton Mayor and Council Members now take a good look at this new proposal and see how this will impact us Naramatians in a very negative way.  Currently, there are now close to 10,000 who have petitioned against this development proposal. I urge Mayor and Council Members to seriously re-evaluate this ridiculous scheme.

Let's keep the Naramata Bench beautiful, and peaceful with its green hills and bluffs, and not 'suburbia' or a concrete sub-division.

Barbara Smallwood, Naramata

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