Density battle goes to vote at Langley Council

Density battle goes to vote at Langley Council

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Density battle goes to vote at Langley Council
Photo: Pamela Beatty Forbes / “LEAVE BROOKSWOOD ALONE” facebook page

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.

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About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.

3 thoughts on “Density battle goes to vote at Langley Council

  1. Has anybody tried to sell a strata complex lately. With the new depreciation report being the law it will be very difficult to sell except for the very well managed(large contingency fund) complexes. When the market turns which it will (possibly as soon as the Quebec election )you won’t be able to give them away(1981 wasn’t that long ago and at least in 1981 young people could get well paying jobs with good benefits. It is hard to buy anything on $12 per hour). It is hard to believe that Langley needs any more growth. I think all these municipalities that have overextended need to fix the infrastructure before any more development. The roads in all the new areas are brutal. What happens when the money dries up like in the USA. We will have to go back to horse and carriage , so keep the large rural properties. Yes, I do own a horse.

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