UPDATE – Monday Nights Council Meeting features Unprecedented Opposition…. Township of Langley Communities Unite against bad local government!

Posted: March 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Monday night Council meeting will be the line in the sand pitting two Township Communities against a Municipal Council majority. The issues:

  • Fort Langley (Eric Woodward’s Coulter Berry vs Heritage)
  • Brookswood Fernridge Community (DOO Group – Developer Owned and Operated Community Plan vs A Community Plan of interest to residents) is the tip of the iceberg.

Next on the agenda:

  • Aldergrove has been forgotten and ignored (development approvals on Township land with a satisfactory Pool / Recreation Center becoming a distant memory)
  • Willoughby residents (unprecedented out of control growth following a poor planning process which includes no satisfactory parking for residents).

The readers of this BLOG understand and recognize what has motivated it’s creation. It was created out of pure frustration that the majority of Township of Langley residents were not aware, due to poor local media coverage, about what was really happening in their community. It is clear that more and more residents are being made aware about the facts in local Township governance. Three years in the Mayor’s office provided me with a real understanding of the systemic problems in the Township of Langley.

Today, Sunday, over 600 residents representing all communities of the Township braved the weather to hold a protest rally about what was happening to them in their Brookswood / Fernridge community and Fort Langley who are all strongly united. The majority in Fort Langley are fighting to hold onto Heritage Preservation which is what Fort Langley is all about despite subliminal and some not so subliminal threats and intimidation by those wishing to throw out the rules for one developer.

Fort Langley petition against Coulter Berry over 1,400

Brookswood petition against this proposed plan over 2,200

Brookswood Fernridge Petitions signed against tree cutting today 531

Now tell me there is NO interest, OH I forgot, our Mayor is on record as saying he doesn’t rule by petitions, he has a special power to consider all that didn’t come out to the Public Hearings are in favor? WHAT – You can’t make this stuff up!

It goes on and on and on! I know for a fact, after talking to many residents, that Aldergrove has had enough. Willoughby residents can’t believe what is happening to them, after making the largest purchase of their lives they are now questioning that decision to locate in the Township. All communities are now joining together.

As I see it, this Township of Langley Council has one last chance Monday night, defeat Coulter Berry 2.0, reject the Brookswood Community Plan entirely and introduce a NEW Residential Community based model. There is much more needed, both in Willoughby and Aldergrove to get the Township back on track. More on these communities shortly!

Members of Council, over to you, YOU HAVE A CHOICE, don’t blame the messenger!

 

Council Meeting PLEASE attend –       Council Decision 7:00 PM Monday March 31st.

Venue change – Christian Life Assembly for the Council meeting and to observe Council’s decision.

 

RG

I am working on a few posts at present that I believe should be of significant concern and interest to residents of the Township of Langley.

Protect your Democratic Rights – Protect your NEIGHBORS Democratic Rights – stay informed, stay involved and VOTE!!!

 

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Comments
  1. Lee Lockwood says:

    Hi Rick,

    Should be a great evening Monday nite…I will be there to watch it all,unfold….

    Lee

    Lee Lockwood http://www.LoneOakAudio.com http://www.LoneOakAudioArts.ca 778.908.9404 Sent from my iPad

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  2. Jrh81 says:

    What really worries me is how such a small group of land owners (GNAC) was able to get their plan this far. At the council meeting on March 31st, it was obvious our mayor was not happy the Brookswood/Fernridge OCP was not going to pass. I was not impressed by his attitude during the debate.

    Another subject of worry for me is this $500,000 loan I keep reading about. Councillor Fox made it very clear the money for the OCP came from Township funds? Yet all the information I have found says the $500,000 for this OCP came from the GNAC? Councillor Sparrow admitted that this proposal came from outside of council. Who is telling the truth?

    • This has been an inbred culture in the Township for many years, deals for friends and insiders. In Brookswood you have 10 developer land owners (who are they?) put of $50K a piece for a total of $500,000. This is an absolute conflict, not just apparent! To answer your question this was developer funds, not Township funds, Charlie Fox hasn’t a clue about what he is talking about.

      RE Coulter Berry Fort Langley – One developer gets special priviledge breaking all the rules that so many developers have had to live by. You have to ask the question WHY?

      • Jrh81 says:

        I really hope the impending legal battle over the Coulter/Berry descion will give us some answers. As we know, this current council will not give a truthfull answer. I would really like to know why this council is ignoring the historical guidelines in place for Fort Langley.

        I was born and raised here. I see Willoughby and it scares me. What else is this council capable of?

  3. Unfortunately most of those registering support for Coulter Berry conveniently ignore the key issue behind the complaint which is unfair favoritism or special consideration for one building and one developer. Why the majority of Council are doing this one can only imagine. The historical guidelines are in place through municipal and provincial legislation, bylaws and regulation in support of a very unique community within British Columbia. How and why we are prepared to throw that all away is beyond me, and I believe the majority. We are only talking about the Heritage Conservation Area within Fort Langley. How one individual believes he has a right to do this is one thing, the Township of Langley is not short on those type of individuals but how an elected Council can support it is quite another when they have a fiduciary responsibility to protect the taxpaying public against such an action or attempted action. RG

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