Heather Fontaine collected about 775 signatures against the daycare project. Council voted not to approve.

Daycare gets thumbs down

A daycare project had too many kids for council to approve.

A daycare planned for Brookswood received short shrift at Langley Township council Monday.

A local daycare operator had applied to create a new facility, with up to 49 children each day coming to the corner of 204th Street and 42 Avenue.

It was the number of children in one facility in a residential neighbourhood that bothered the councillors.

Councillor Michelle Sparrow, who moved that the project be rejected, said that while the intent was good, the placement was problematic.

The largest daycare approved in a residential area previously had 25 children. According to Township staff, that one was never actually opened, meaning the largest residential daycare in Langley has about 15 children.

Coun. Petrina Arnason noted that updating the Brookswood OCP would help with this kind of situation as it could set out updated rules for such businesses within residential areas.

Neighbours had taken issue with the project.

“I don’t think it fits the community plan,” said Heather Fontaine, a neighbour of the site.

Fontaine gathered about 775 signatures against the project by canvassing four blocks in each direction from the proposed site.



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