Editor: In response to Langley Township Councillor Charlie Fox’s attack on the editor (The Times, July 2):
Kudos to Counclilor Fox for trying to defend the reputation of both himself and the majority of his colleagues on council. The fact remains — his retort completely glances over the the core issue which a majority of the politically active Langley Township residents are concerned about.
Approving an expansion of a private university onto ALR land is one thing, but allowing the inclusion of the Wall property in the university district was absurd. Why can the majority of council not see this development for what it is? A private developer has piggybacked his property into this “university district” in order to create market housing on ALR land.
This is in no way part of a “university district.” Students and faculty will not be given any sort of priority, or promise of affordability. This is spot zoning and market housing, plain and simple.
In 30 years time, Class 4.5 farmland (lower capability agricultural lands with limitations to producing perennial forage crops or other specially adapted crops) will be much easier to farm than asphalt. It is also interesting to note that all of the councillors who received campaign donations from the Wall family, in one form or another, voted for this proposal.
Fox’s statement, in my opinion, was far from the complete story.