Neighbours oppose development of forest

An application to develop 19 acres of land into 61 residential lots in Aldergrove is facing some stiff opposition.

An application to develop 19 acres of land into 61 residential lots in Aldergrove is facing some stiff opposition.

The property is part of the former septic sewage treatment facility, and is owned by Langley Township. The sewage treatment plant was decommissioned in the late 1990s and the land has remained vacant and undeveloped for many years.

Portions of it at the southern side are forested and this is the cause for opposition to development among some neighbours.

Two residents, Angela Wonitowy and Jessica Horst, have collected 300 names on a petition that calls for a down-sizing of the development.

“The notice of this development was posted over the New Year and the public hearing is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 20, so we haven’t had much time but we still collected 300 names, and more are coming in,” Wonitowy told The Star on Friday.

Wonitowy says the Township should develop the northern portion and leave the southern half, on the other side of Bertrand Creek, as it is. The northern half consists of scrub brush, but the other side has a mature forest, two swamps, and Bertrand Creek winds through it.

The application notes that access to the development would be via two new roads off 28 Avenue near 276 Street. A road network would serve the 41 lots on the north side, and a road and bridge would cross a tributary of Bertrand Creek to access the 20 lots on the south side.

The proposed land use notes that 40 per cent of the total property, 7.7 acres, will be left as “environmental-natural open space” to provide setbacks from the creeks and wetland areas, and a trail network would be built along Bertrand Creek and the perimeter of the property. Properties to the south are in the ALR and a buffer would also be established there.

Biologist Mike Pearson has been researching Bertrand Creek for many years and notes that a 25 to 30 metre setback would be required.

“It is identified as critical habitat for the Salish sucker (fish variety),” said Pearson. “I trapped and released several hundred Salish sucker there this summer, along with salmon, and there is beaver and deer there too.”

Among the conditions subject to development is also provision of a “tree management plan” that would allow retention of some trees and replacement of other trees.

The application goes to public hearing Monday evening at Township Hall.

Just Posted

Celebrating success at LCMS

As music school approaches its 50th anniversary, retiring principal Susan Magnusson looks back

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

Halloween on horseback

Langley riders club celebrates the season

Giants fall in overtime to the Winterhawks

Langley-based G-Men earned a single-point in a 2-1 OT loss Saturday to Portland

Spartans clinch first place in Pacific Division with win over UBC

It was ‘a really physical battle in a crosstown rivalry’ coach says

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Vancouver drag queens receive royal treatment during Kootenay Pride

Vancouver drag queens discuss the importance of Pride and growing acceptance of LGBTQ community

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. man sets new Canadian marathon record at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Cam Levins ran it in two hours nine minutes 25 seconds

B.C. Liberals’ hopes high as Nanaimo by-election approaches

Historically safe NDP seat vacated by long-time MLA Leonard Krog

Leaving B.C.’s electoral reform to a referendum is ‘ridiculous’: professor

B.C. voters getting ballots in the mail on proposal to change electoral system

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

The Saudi government claimed Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a ‘fistfight’

One year to election: Trudeau Liberals gear up for tussles on climate, premiers

Analysts say that the Liberals have reason to be ‘fairly confident’

GUEST COLUMN: B.C.’s proportional representation vote is dishonest, misleading

Veteran of 2005 Citizens’ Assembly urges rejection of new voting systems

Most Read