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Brookswood residents eager for plan input

Planner Lisa Moffatt and consultant Jonathan Tinney field questions from residents at a Tuesday night information meeting about the Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan.  Another meeting is planned for Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brookswood Secondary. - Dan Ferguson/Langley Times
Planner Lisa Moffatt and consultant Jonathan Tinney field questions from residents at a Tuesday night information meeting about the Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan. Another meeting is planned for Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brookswood Secondary.
— image credit: Dan Ferguson/Langley Times

More than 300 people attended the first of two public open houses on the Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan Tuesday night, more than 50 per cent higher than the 200 expected by Township of Langley organizers.

At one point, the meeting ran out of questionnaires, but Township staffers were able to print out more.

The questionnaires asked residents to choose one of three approaches to housing in the area; a standard subdivision, a neighbourhood with “enhanced centres” and a third option that concentrates growth around the centres and major roads, and includes a new commercial centre at 32 Avenue.

Residents were also asked if they support “the addition of light industrial or other employment use in southwest Brookswood/Fernridge to generate local employment.”

The three proposals were generated from well-attended public consultation workshops that were held in October.

Even more people are expected to attend the second meeting in the small gym at Brookswood Secondary on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The open houses are also seeking feedback on the Anderson Creek Integrated Stormwater Management Plan.

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