Summerland news for December

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Senior’s Housing Development Proposed

An application has been made to construct a 380 unit seniors housing complex with a mixture of market housing, independent, and assisted living units at a property on Banks Crescent. On November 14th, 2016 two bylaws were introduced and given first reading to amend the Official Community Plan to change the future land use designation from Agriculture to High Density Residential (HDR). The application is also to amend the Zoning Bylaw to change the zone from A1 - Agricultural Small Acreage Zone to CD8 - Comprehensive Development Zone 8.

The current zoning amendment is to create a new Comprehensive Development Zone to permit a seniors housing project comprised of 5 separate buildings. The buildings are intended to include approximately 230 units of market housing for seniors, 100 units of independent living and 50 units of assisted living. The concept is to allow seniors to age in place and move to different sections of the development as they age and require greater levels of care.

The development is predominantly six storeys in height over three levels of underground parking. The living space will be constructed of wood frame over the concrete parking structure. The proposal includes amenities for residents, staff and visitors.

Council recognizes the magnitude of this comprehensive development and would like the community to have the opportunity to provide and receive information before any decisions are made. The Developer held a public open house December 6th and the District will be holding two separate public sessions (details are listed below). Please plan to attend. Correspondence regarding the above can be emailed to Enquiries can be directed to Ian McIntosh, Director of Development Services or call 250-404-4048. Information can also be found on our website.

Public Open House: 3:30pm - 7:30pm Monday, January 16th, 2017 at the Arena Banquet Room (2nd floor 8820 Jubilee Road). Residents can drop in anytime between 3:30pm-7:30pm to meet with staff as well as review information boards and application documents.

Public Information Presentation and Q&A Session: 7:00pm Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at Centre Stage Theatre (9518 Main Street). This will be a moderated session with staff and the Mayor on stage to provide information and answer questions from the public.

Public Hearing: 7:00pm, Thursday, January 26th at the Arena Banquet Room. This is a statutory Public Hearing to hear representations of persons who deem their interest in property affected by the proposed bylaw amendments.

Be a “Snow Angel” this Winter

For safety reasons, it is important that snow is cleared from sidewalks. For some this task can be very difficult. Snow Angel is a snow removal awareness and recognition program to encourage residents to help their neighbours in need during the winter months. To be a Snow Angel, simply help out a neighbour and shovel snow or adopt a sidewalk and keep it clear whenever it snows.

Residents are encouraged to complete the nomination form found on the District’s website or at Municipal Hall and let us know if a Snow Angel came to your rescue. The Mayor will acknowledge them with a certificate and their name will be entered into a draw. One lucky Snow Angel will win a gift certificate and be recognized in the March newsletter. Call Municipal Hall 250-494-6451 if you require more information.

Be a good neighbour this winter and make a difference in your community!

District of Summerland Holiday Schedule

Municipal Offices: closed at 2pm on Friday, December 23rd and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd

The Pool and Fitness Room: December 25th, 26th and January 1st- closed

Arena: December 24th, 25th, 26th and January 1st - closed.  Please refer to our Winter Brochure (mailed out Dec. 6th) for public skate and swim schedules.

The Fire Hall Office: December 25th and 26th and January 1st - closed

Landfill: December 24th and 31st closed at 12pm. Closed Dec. 26th (always closed Sundays)

Transit Bus: December 26th - Not Operating - otherwise schedule as usual (does not operate on weekends)

Important Utility Information 

The due date for this month’s utility bills will be Thursday, December 22nd, 2016.

If you are moving, please email the District, or visit our website to provide details.

Christmas Tree Pickup

Want an easy, environmentally friendly way to dispose of your Christmas tree PLUS help out the Grads?

With a donation to the Summerland Dry Grad Class 2017, the Summerland Fire Department and the grad students will pick up your Christmas tree right from your house!

Pickups will take place between 9am - 10am on Sunday, January 8th and Sunday, January 15th, 2017. Commencing December 15, 2016, please email or call the Fire Dept. at 250-404-4087 for more information or to advise which Sunday you would like your tree to be picked up. Trees will be chipped and used for compost.?

Clear Sidewalks Bordering your Property

Municipal Bylaws require that you remove the snow and ice from public footpaths and sidewalks bordering your property (business and residential). Any snow or ice that accumulates before noon must be removed by noon that day. If snow falls in the afternoon, you have until noon of the next day to remove it. Failure to do so could result in the District having the sidewalk cleaned at your expense.

We ask that you use a de-icing agent that contains “CMA” for sidewalks, please do not use salt as it can cause damage.

Please help to keep Summerland’s sidewalks safe for all that use them.

Dog and Business Licence Renewals

Due January 16th, 2017 and will be mailed out by December 15th. If you do not receive your renewal in the mail or if you no longer require a dog or business licence, please email or call Municipal Hall 250-494-6451.

Contribute to the Summerland Skatepark

With help from the community, funds can be raised to build a new Skatepark in Summerland. Individuals or businesses can donate online or in person at Municipal Hall.

Donations are tax deductible.

The Aquatic Centre is selling the popular snap back hats for $25 and skate-shirts for $20.

All proceeds go to support the Skatepark fundraising efforts. The perfect stocking stuffer!

Trash Talk...

2017 Curbside Garbage/ Recycling/Yard Waste Calendars will be mailed out near the end of December. If you opted out of receiving “junk mail” delivery through Canada Post, you will not receive a calendar in the mail, but you can pick one up at Municipal Hall or visit our website (available after December 15th).

The sani-station at the Trout Creek Pullout is closed for the season and will reopen in the Spring!

Project Updates

Jones Flat & Garnet Valley Water System Separation

At the Pre-construction Open House on November 3rd, the District introduced Pyramid Excavation Ltd. as the contractor that has been selected to complete this project. Since the open house, construction has started in the Jones Flat area with the installation of a new water main and services along Blair Street, Garnet Avenue and Tingley Street and the south end of Garnet Valley Road up to Jones Flat Road.

If the weather cooperates, Pyramid may begin construction on Jones Flat Road towards Watson Avenue. For construction updates and other project information, please check the District website.

March 2017 Water Shutoff

The District continues to work on the logistics for the water shutoff in March and it is now expected that most residents will have access to some running water for a period during the weekend of the shutoff. Over the next few months, further information sessions will be held to ensure residents and businesses have access to the most up-to-date information that will also be posted on the District’s website.

Snow Removal

District crews are on call seven days a week to provide essential services to our residents. There are four trucks equipped with sanders and ploughs as well as a salter and a sweeper truck that work diligently to clear Summerland’s roads throughout the winter. Staff also clear sidewalks and walkways that are not bordering private property. Heavy snow fall (3” or more) may require additional resources such as a grader and/or a loader to widen the road.

Designated routes take approximately eight hours to complete once it has stopped snowing. Each route has its priority areas (e.g. bus routes) that must be revisited if snow continues to fall, therefore it may take some time before side streets are tended to. Equipment failures also play a role in delays. Contractors assist District staff with snow removal as well.

To help our staff, we ask that you do not park your vehicle(s) on the road and when you clear your driveway it is recommended that you stockpile on the right side of the driveway when facing the road. This prevents the snow from being ploughed back in front of your driveway by our equipment. Your patience is appreciated.

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