Housing on farmland makes no sense
Editor: This is a response to Tod McGovern's letter (The Times, June 7) and development on and around Trinity Western on Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and Rural Reserve land.
Daily I drive by the recently-erected Development Proposal signs at the corner of Glover Road and Highway 10. I shake my head in disbelief.
How could Metro, the ALR, and Township even consider turning more fertile Fraser Valley farmland into housing? We now have foreign investors buying up our 'rare' valley farmland in huge swaths at an alarming rate, because they see the tremendous agricultural value in such a rich natural endowment. They did not have the foresight nor wisdom to save farmland in their own countries.
Why would Langley even consider such a development proposal on what is historic Hudson's Bay Company farmland, and without a doubt some of our region's most beautiful natural geography?
Please tell me who on council and on the ALR committee is for this, and they will most certainly not be getting my vote for a further term.
Let's cut the crap, folks. This selfish greedy nibbling away at the ALR and Rural Reserve boundaries is about nothing other than property development profit, and who stands to make a quick buck by sacrificing this land (our kids' land) forever.
Editor's note — In answer to Mr. Ewasiuk's question, all members of Langley Township council, except Councillors Michelle Sparrow, David Davis and Kim Richter, voted to allow housing on the Wall farm, the development proposal he refers to.