1. Should a new OCP allow increased density in Brookswood and Fernridge?
I donâ€™t know. The type & scope of development in the Brookswood/Fernridge area needs to be decided on by the community. All of the stakeholders need to come together with the Township to create an Official Community Plan (OCP) that everyone can live with. A new OCP needs to be built around community feedback and participation. As a community, we need to work to strike a balance between agriculture, commercial and residential. All three of those components are incredibly important to the future of our community and we must respect the importance of each of them. In order to maintain the high quality of life we already enjoy here in Langley we need to support diversity in our development plans, prioritize public safety and protect the environment. First and foremost, we canâ€™t put the interest of one group ahead of another.
2. Should Township council act to slow down development of Willoughby?
I donâ€™t know. My goal as a new councillor is to ask good questions that lead to meaningful conversations and positive results. When it comes to the pace of development for Willoughby and other communities in our Township, here are a couple of good questions: Q: How can we â€œslow downâ€ development without risking stopping it all together? Q: How do we decide which development proceeds, and which doesnâ€™t, without favouring one over the other? There are no easy answers. Langley is an appealing place to live, and what was projected as about 30 years of growth seems to be happening in 20. As a result, investment in infrastructure has not kept pace with the accelerated rate of growth. Slamming the brakes on current projects would be incredibly disruptive. Some have suggested that we build new infrastructure in advance of new developments, but that would drive up everyoneâ€™s property tax. Residents in established communities shouldnâ€™t have to pay for the infrastructure in growing neighborhoods that is traditionally paid for by developers. Delaying or deferring approval of new developments might help reduce our growing pains in the short term but beyond that, I think the new Township Council should review the situation and work with staff to develop a longer-term, sustainable approach to managing our growth.
3. Does the Township do enough to help ensure there are enough schools in developing areas?
Yes. The Township cannot solve this in isolation. I know Council is in current consultation with the Ministry and needs to continue to challenge the Provincial Government for more capital investment. Council needs to work on creative ways of finding the funding to get the schools we need. Iâ€™m confident that our needs will be addressed if we maintain a strong, collaborative relationship with the School District and draw on the support & strength of our provincial MLAâ€™s.
7. Would you support increasing property taxes to fund transit?
No. There are other ways that need to be explored first.
14. Should the Township ensure that roads, sidewalks, and crosswalks are in place prior to the completion of new developments?
No. Again, why should people that live in established communities face property tax increases to pay for infrastructure in growing neighbourhoods related to the costs the developers should be paying ?
15. Is the Township doing enough to protect agricultural land?
No. For me, â€œprotectingâ€ the agricultural land also includes making sure the protected land is actually being used, not just protected.
16. Does the Township need more parks?
Yes. And more community gardens.
18. Should more firefighters be hired, even if it means a tax increase?
Yes. We must be in compliance with the law and we need to make sure our first responders are safe while they are protecting us.
19. Should more RCMP officers be hired, even if it means a tax increase?
I donâ€™t know. Our RCMP do a great job but I wonder if looking at ideas like they are exploring in Surrey, to expand the coverage by adding a different â€œlevelâ€ of service might make some sense.
20. Do you believe Langley Township and City should be amalgamated into one municipality?
I donâ€™t know. I would like to see a proper study around the issue, but until both parties agree to the benefits of even exploring the idea, it will never happen.