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Langley City outlines concerns over Brookswood plan

The City of Langley has weighed in with its perspective on the Township’s controversial plans for development in Brookswood and Fernridge.

City council sent a letter to the Township on March 4, citing three main concerns about the proposed development, which calls for a concentration of low-rise apartment buildings and commercial developments along 200 Street, at 24, 32 and 40 Avenues, with a fourth area of  construction proposed for 40 Avenue at 208 Street.

Once development is complete, Brookswood/Fernridge is expected to be home to about 42,000 people.

One of the City’s main issues with the plan relates to transportation — specifically the increased volume of traffic that will be directed onto 196 Street, which is designated in the plan as a major collector, to be constructed north of 44 Avenues, through the City of Langley and City of Surrey.

The City believes the increased traffic will have a significant, negative impact upon its residents who live along the 196 Street corridor, as well as on east-west feeder routes.

The management of storm water in the area where Anderson Creek, Pleasantdale Creek and Murray Creek flow is another cause for concern, says the City, because of the potential to increase flooding and harm fish habitat in the Nicomekl River, which winds through a large portion of the City.

The City is also concerned that the large-scale and rapid commercial development planned for Brookswood/Fernridge could have a significant, harmful impact on businesses in the City.

While the nearly 800,000 square feet of commercial floor space called for in the plan is appropriate to serve a build-out population of 42,000, it should be phased in as the population grows, the City contends.

In the letter, Roy Beddow, deputy director of development services and economic development for the City, urged the Township to synchronize residential and business development in the neighbourhood.

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