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WOLF land deal is now dead

Langley artist Susan Falk has created a 12”x16” painting of McLellan Forest, a 25-acre parcel of woodland in Glen Valley that has been put up for sale by the Township of Langley. Proceeds from the auction of the painting will benefit Watchers of Langley Forests (WOLF) a local group of conservationists, endeavouring to save the land from sale and subsequent development. - Brenda ANDERSON/Langley Times
Langley artist Susan Falk has created a 12”x16” painting of McLellan Forest, a 25-acre parcel of woodland in Glen Valley that has been put up for sale by the Township of Langley. Proceeds from the auction of the painting will benefit Watchers of Langley Forests (WOLF) a local group of conservationists, endeavouring to save the land from sale and subsequent development.
— image credit: Brenda ANDERSON/Langley Times

The fate of the 25 acres of Township-owned land in Glen Valley will likely be decided on Monday, Jan. 21.

Whatever the council decision is, it will almost certainly not involve a deal to sell McLellan forest to the newly-formed Watchers of Langley Forests (WOLF), a group of residents trying to prevent a purchase by developers.

According to a written record of a Dec. 10 closed-door meeting, council “… acknowledged that the contract with WOLF for the purchase of Glen Valley lots has lapsed …”

That was the same day a delegation from WOLF came to council to plead for more time to find $3 million to buy the land from the Township.

Mayor Jack Froese said while there is nothing to prevent the residents from making another approach to council, they did not meet a number of precondition for the deal to proceed.

“It’s dead,” Froese said.

The debate on what to do next has been delayed until Councillor Bob Long returns from holidays so a full council can make the call, Froese said.

“At this point no decision has been made.”

The money from the sale of the land located near 84 Avenue and 260 Street is earmarked for a new community centre, swimming pool and ice rink at the Aldergrove Elementary School site.

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