APRIL 1 UPDATE: Langley Township Council listens to citizens and scraps Brookswood/Fernridge development plan
A battle has been brewing in recent months over the future of Langley, BC – a rural community on the edge of Metro Vancouver, known as the horse capital of the province.
Plans to triple the density of one Langley Township neighbourhood – Brookswood and Fernridge – over the next several decades have roiled local residents intent on protecting the rural nature of their community. A rally yesterday drew hundreds of protestors on the eve of council’s vote on the density plan.
Lifelong Brookswood resident Ann-Michelle Dereus noted that she isn’t opposed to development, but that this proposal goes overboard in terms of density:
[quote]We’ve been saying that we want the environment protected, yet the final proposal that came out was the densest one to date.[/quote]
The plan would involve rezoning much of the largely detached home community for condos and townhouses, with an increase to the local population of 13,000 to some 42,000.
Langley Township Council will vote on the plan tonight.