Opposition to recent decisions by Langley Township council has resulted in a new political movement dubbed Live Langley.
Concerns over spot zoning and about growth outstripping the communitys ability to cope prompted the formation of the new party, said Clint Lee, one of the members of the groups executive.
Were very concerned with how land issues are being handled by this council, said Lee.
Issues of spot zoning and density are on the mind of the group. Lee mentioned the Wall property development near Trinity Western University, as well as high-density developments on the Willoughby slope, where schools are already far over student capacity.
The group is not against growth, he said. But we want to see it better developed.
Reviewing the rate of growth, reviewing development proposals better, and possibly slowing the rate of growth if necessary are being discussed, he said.
Numerous developments around Langley Township have received a firestorm of opposition from neighbours, but eventually been approved, noted Lee.
He said the current council doesnt seem to be accountable to residents.
Lee said the history of political parties in Langley has weighed on the minds of those involved in Live Langley.
In the 1990s, the Langley Leadership Team rose to prominence under then-mayor John Scholtens, controlling majorities at both Township council and the Langley school board. It proved controversial, and was challenged by a new group, the Langley Citizens Coalition.
After two elections, by the early 2000s, the voters kicked out most members of both slates, and the groups ceased to exist.
During the 2011 municipal election, embattled mayor Rick Green surrounded himself with a group dubbed Vote Langley Now, characterized as a team of independents. Despite having a number of prominent local residents in the group, Green lost his post as mayor to Jack Froese, and none of the Vote Langley Now slate secured a seat.
Despite the fate of past parties, Lee said that there is no sense in individual candidates going up against a solid block of incumbents.
He said his group does respect some of those sitting around the council table as individuals, but it has not approached any of them about joining Live Langley at this time. Lee said he knows that they may prefer their roles as independents, and he would like to work with them.
With many people away during the summer, Lee said activity is restrained right now when it comes to organizing the group further.
He said that the next step will be meeting with various communities around Langley to talk about issues, and eventually finding possible candidates.
Other members of Live Langleys executive include Diane Morrison, owner of the Wendels Bookstore and Cafe, and Andreas Schildhorn and Brad Richert.
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