Letter: Tree bylaw response missed the mark

Editor: This is open letter in response to Coun. Charlie Fox.

Dear Coun. Fox: Your response to what you refer to as myself and others was well written and lays out hurdles that must be overcome.

Sadly, it is also misleading and inaccurate. Here is a quote from your response letter:

“Firstly, despite Mr. Cameron’s and several community members’ thoughts to the contrary, the Township is a ‘regulated’ community, one of four in the province, as it pertains to decisions regarding issues on ALR land”.

And here are quotes from my original letter.

“It’s time to stop putting up roadblocks of being in a “regulated community” or of stating that previous councils have “tried and failed.”

“Where there is a will there is a way.”

“All areas not in the ALR need to be protected now.”

“Research and find a way to prevent ALR lands from being exploited and clear cut for uses and plans other than farming.”

As you can see, there is absolutely no mention of contrary thoughts regarding Langley Township being or not being a regulated community. I mention roadblocks because, regulated or not, this should not delay working on a Township-wide bylaw.

It is also very clear that I specifically separate lands not in the ALR and state that they need protection now. The final point of clarity is that my only reference to ALR lands is that I suggest a concerted effort to prevent inappropriate tree removal from ALR lands.

One final quote from your response letter:

“In the meantime an interim tree protection may be the option of choice and there is a notice of motion to that effect for the April 9 council meeting.”

Hallelujah! Does this mean acknowledgment of tree protection by any means even interim is seen as vital for the entire Township? Can we count on you to support/champion this interim bylaw? Wouldn’t it nice to be finally moving forward? I look forward to April 9.

Brian Cameron,

Langley

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