Balance Must be Struck between Infrastructure and Growth
Written by Bob Langston
Mayor and Langley township Council:
I am writing to you about a recent letter that was in the Langley Times (letters to the editor), the subject being “balance must be struck between infrastructure and growth”. This letter, in my opinion, is a very well written reflection of what I and I suspect many others are feeling about the current development situation in the township. I feel that the points brought out about infrastructure are valid. Why do I feel this way?
1…. In attending many meetings about Brookswood/ Fernridge over the past 4 years and talking to 3 different senior township planners about the issues that are involved about infrastructure (roads etc.) I feel that the status quo will remain. Developers pay for the section that they develop and that is just the way it is done. Ok. Then how will this development be any different then say Willoughby. “Blank stare and a shrug of the shoulders”. No thought as to “How are we going to do this differently”. Unless there is a clear direction from the Mayor and Councillors to look at a completely different approach as to how developments are done the status quo will remain and NOTHING will change, how can it?
2…. The last meeting I attended I received a document called “Complete Communities” which I am sure you all have read. Very nice well written and thought out layout for an almost Utopian community. What I want to know from The Mayor and Councillors is “HOW” your going to achieve these goals? I hear no specifics from the township to this point. Mr. Mayor and Councillors, unless we start hearing from you on real specifics then all the engagements and community consultation are meaningless and as the Times letter said…”smoke and mirrors”
3…As the Times letter pointed out, The township , in its planning also has to include schools,hospitals, main arterial roads and public transportation. You can’t just ignore these issues and say it is somebody else’s problem or we have no jurisdiction. If you take that position, then how could you even come close to fulfilling the Complete Communities mandate.