Letter writer has a long list of concerns about Langley Township council
Editor: Concerns with the current Langley Township council mount, as the string of questionable decisions continues. As a Brookswood resident, I believe what seems to have started with concern is actually turning into disdain among many. It is a conversation that is now popping up in grocery stores, coffee shops and even out buying pet food.
I have friends throughout the Township communities, and the more the conversation arises, the more apparent it is that from Fort Langley, Murrayville, Willoughby, Walnut Grove and Aldergrove to Brookswood, many feel the current council has a majority that are there for self-serving purposes.
I only got involved when the problem was staring me in the face, after council pushed through an atrocity of an OCP for Brookswood, right to the final hour. How such an unsound plan made it that far is what worried me.
Council heard relentless feedback against high-density development, yet continued to push through a plan with density comparable to our friends desperately dealing with sardine-like living in Willoughby. These are people who have invested their life savings into homes, only to have the decisions made by council ghettoize parts of their neighbourhood and cause their property assessments to plummet.
The council then voted down the Brookswood OCP, only to save face under immense public pressure.
The parking issues in Willoughby mount. The schools being built are already over capacity.
There is spot zoning, and obvious favouritism in Fort Langley.
Council is dipping into the ALR to provide land for a residential developer, whom I might add helped fund the campaigns of some of the elected councillors. How is that even legal? The ALR is the Agricultural Land Reserve — not the developers’ residential land reserve.
I think we are all scared to death about Kinder Morgan, a proposal to build a pipeline through Township land, so we can export to Asia, while collecting a pathetic annual pittance and assuming all the risk.
To add insult to injury, council inundates our communities with insane levels of development, rapid development which is unlike anything I have seen in my entire life living here. Yet they refuse to consider the quality of life of those people already here, by making a standard construction bylaw? In a community filled with young families, and a healthy elderly population, you would think our elected council would care about our quality of life.
Kids need sleep and green spaces. The majority of council care little about either. This council is, one vote at a time, destroying the very reason most people moved here.
I guess no one who requested a reprieve from inhumane construction hours funded the campaigns of the slate elected to council, so we shouldn’t expect that to be addressed anytime soon.
Why do we have to get petitions and organize rallies to simply have our council do what is clearly in the best interest of those who elected them?
I don’t paint every council member with the same brush. We have a couple of members who obviously have Township communities’ best interest at heart. Unfortunately, two votes does not make a majority.
I just wonder how much more ALR land will be liquidated before November.