Residents to have their say on Brookswood-Fernridge plans

Brookswood will be changing and growing in the decades to come, and Langley Township wants residents to be informed about what is in store.

Council passed first and second reading of the draft Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan on Feb. 3, and also directed staff to hold another open house before a public hearing is scheduled.

The open house will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m., in Brookswood Secondary School’s small gymnasium, at 20902 37A Avenue.

“Because there has been so much interest in the community plan process, we’ve decided to give residents one more opportunity to provide feedback,” said Township Mayor Jack Froese.

“This will be a further opportunity for people to see what the plan looks like, to have their questions answered, and to discuss the plan with staff.”

The existing Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan, which projected a population of 35,500 for the community, was adopted by council in 1987.

However, later councils decided to focus on developing Willoughby first.

Now long-term plans are being put into place, which will see the community grow from its current population of 13,000 to 42,000, over the next 30 years.

With 75 per cent of the Township of Langley located within the Agricultural Land Reserve, development is limited to designated urban development areas — one of which is Brookswood/Fernridge.

The Township’s population is expected to double over the next few decades, and council is planning now to create communities that provide a variety of housing options and services, offer good transportation and employment opportunities, and protect the environment.

“Brookswood/Fernridge is an established community and residents want to know what is being planned for the future,” Froese said.

“This is the final opportunity to learn about the community plan and have your say before it goes to public hearing.”

Numerous opportunities for public consultation have been offered during the process of updating the Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan, including three workshops and several open houses.

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