Letter: Key issues being overlooked in Brookswood-Fernridge plans

Editor: Two serious questions have been overlooked in the Brookswood-Fernridge plans so far.

The first is habitat loss. A Watershed Stewardship project from 2011 reviews the risk of loss of habitat for the 122 species of animals that live in this area.

There are rare species of animals that also call Brookswood-Fernridge their home.

Another  big disappointment from the open house on June 23, was that no one could provide any information on what would happen to the aquifer if development  takes place on top of the underground water.

Up to 4,000 trees have to be removed to complete the housing expansion, not one of the experts could define the delicate relationship between trees, gravel, and aquifer health.

What about all the south Langley residents who depend on well water?

Science shows us there is a delicate balance and people all around the world protect these aquifers, but not in Brookswood.

What a disgrace.

Another concern — not one expert at the open house knew the boundaries of the Brookswood aquifer.

How far does it expand out?  I want to know.

No one could define any of the boundaries for this unique aquifer.  I have to ask why, when the Township planner told me an engineer was hired by the Township to look at this aquifer’s health. When does this report get released?  What will the Township do with this information?  How will it affect the development options?

We need to take the time and get the correct answers before any development is proposed.

All of these Township endeavours are a complete waste of taxpayers’ time and money.

No more ‘same-old, same-old’ development.

Margaret McDonald,

Langley

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