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Big turnout for Brookswood open house on Griffith Neighbourhood Plan

Balbir Bolla (centre) and Frank and Annie Liao (R) look at some of the written comments posted during a Wednesday night open house on the Griffith Neighbourhood Plan at Fernridge Hall in Brookswood. - Dan Ferguson/Langley Times
Balbir Bolla (centre) and Frank and Annie Liao (R) look at some of the written comments posted during a Wednesday night open house on the Griffith Neighbourhood Plan at Fernridge Hall in Brookswood.
— image credit: Dan Ferguson/Langley Times

Early on, there were concerns the Township staff running the open house on the Griffith Neighborhood Plan at the Fernridge Hall in Brookswood might be forced to close the doors to avoid violating the fire department limit of 110 occupants.

A warning was issued, but while the crowds were considerable, they remained within the maximum allowable number Wednesday night (Jan. 15).

As far as anyone knows, it is the first time such a warning has ever had to be issued at a Township open house. Total attendance during the evening was just under 300 people, Township officials said.

Judging from the written comments posted during the two-hour session, most of the people there were concerned about the effect denser housing could have on parking and general quality of life.

More than one writer said they do not want the development in the Brookswood area to follow the North Langley model.

"We don't want another Surrey," said Balbir Bolla, who told The Times if multi-family housing is built, it must have enough parking.

Paul Clymo said while he understands the reasoning for allowing more homes on smaller lots, he is concerned the Township is going too far.

"You can't have a bunch of people living in a tight space," Clymo said, pointing to North Langley as an example of what not to do.

"It's a nightmare [there]," Clymo said.

Another man, who declined to give his name, said that was exactly what the Township planners appear to be doing.

"It's kind of like taking Willoughby and flipping it to the south," he said.

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