Letters to the Editor

Brookswood planning process needs to start over

Erin Pasternik, daughter Charlotte Pasternik, Makena Schmidt and dad Mike Schmidt join Atticus the not-so-small pup at the Brookswood anti-densification march, which started at Noel Booth Park Sunday.   - Alyssa O
Erin Pasternik, daughter Charlotte Pasternik, Makena Schmidt and dad Mike Schmidt join Atticus the not-so-small pup at the Brookswood anti-densification march, which started at Noel Booth Park Sunday.
— image credit: Alyssa O'Dell/Langley Times

Editor: As the third reading of the Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan quickly approaches (it was scheduled for Monday night), it’s time to start asking some hard questions.  The first question has to be — How is it that a group of 10 people can form a corporation and then decide the fate of an entire community? The Griffiths Neighbourhood Advisory Corporation (GNAC) fronted $500,000 to the Township of Langley in order to have a new community plan drawn up.

It is also appears that it is common practice for our Township to accept money from a group of anonymous persons.  The fact that the persons involved with this corporation are able to safely hide behind its name is appalling.  The fact that the Township has no issue with listening to the needs of a very small group of people, who likely stand to make millions, over the needs of the thousands who live in the area, is even more appalling.

One would think that with any corporation dealing with the Township, which purports to be working in the “best interests” of its residents, transparency would be key.  Right from the start this process of creating a community plan has been about as opaque as they come.

While smiling and “listening” to the input of the citizens they are supposed to be working for, it appears that the mayor, the council and the planning department have simply been doing their own thing, with the guidance of GNAC.

Does it not matter that record numbers of concerned residents turned out to the public hearing to express themselves?  Does it not matter that over 70 per cent were strongly opposed to this plan and the way in which it was created?

Does it not matter that a good portion of the remaining 30 per cent had some reservations about the plan, even if they agreed with parts of it?

Does it not matter that there are no environmental impact studies produced to say that the sensitive aquifer, the salmon-bearing creeks and the natural habitat of  Brookswood/Fernridge  will, in fact, be able sustain this planned growth?

I’m guessing that part didn’t fall into line with the plan, so it was forgotten, much like a law to protect the trees that are currently being clear cut all over the community.

If there is ever to be a sustainable community plan that allows for controlled, rational growth in Brookswood/Fernridge,all stakeholders must be involved in the process — not just those who stand to make a fast dollar (or rather millions of dollars).  Residents, local businesses, Langley School District, Fraser Health, ministry of the environment  and more must be included.  There is no other way to create a vision that addresses the majority of interests.  Why isn’t this being done?

Council needs to vote “no” and start this process over — the right way.

Jacqueline Mandzak,


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Standalone cat shelter pitched by Langley Animal Protection Society
Mom on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt
Car thief, well known in Langley, arrested in Surrey
Soccer coach under investigation
Baseball tryouts in Agassiz last weekend
Camping fees going up in B.C. parks
Thief steals smoke break in Chilliwack church
Fatal crash on Highway 1
Arrest in historic Surrey homicide

Community Events, January 2015

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jan 27 edition online now. Browse the archives.