Editorial — Marathon hearings continue

One public hearing has ended, and another is well underway, and may be concluded by the time this newspaper is distributed.

The Brookswood Fernridge Community Plan hearing took place over three days last week, and involved a change of venue to the George Preston Recreation Centre. Most speakers opposed the plan, although there was some modest support for some elements of it.

Langley Township council will now consider the comments made at the hearing and decide whether or not to proceed. No matter what the council decision is, there is no doubt this plan has caught the attention of many area residents. Hopefully, this look at how Township business is conducted will encourage most of them to take part in this fall’s municipal election, where council members will be elected for four-year terms for the first time.

Now the Coulter Berry public hearing has started. The first day’s testimony was somewhat anti-climactic, as many of the speakers spoke only briefly, and most were in favour. As this matter has been contentious for an extended period of time, many comments to council were expected. They were usually reasonable and to the point, as compared to much of the rhetoric exchanged by the two sides. Day two on Tuersday saw more opponents speak, and the hearing was scheduled to continue on Wednesday night.

It seems unlikely that the Coulter Berry rezoning will not proceed. Only two members of council have indicated any opposition to the revised plan, and the judge who stopped work on the project last fall said a rezoning was likely the best way to proceed.

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