March will oppose Brookswood redevelopment

Residents opposed to the new Brookswood/Fernridge Official Community Plan are to hold a rally this weekend.

On Sunday, March 30, locals will gather at Noel Booth Community Park at 36th Avenue and 202nd Street, near the batting cage. The rally begins at noon.

From there, they will walk to Brookswood Park at 40th Avenue and 200th Street. The march and rally are expected to take about an hour.

Organizers are asking people to bring signs.

The rally will be held on the eve of the vote on whether to move ahead with the controversial new plan for Brookswood.

Hundreds of people spoke about the plan, the majority opposed to an OCP that would increase Brookswood/Fernridge’s population from 13,500 today to 42,000 over the next 30 years.

Many residents are opposed to the increases in density, and expressed fears that the changes will lead to overcrowding in schools, road congestion, loss of trees and natural spaces, and could damage the local aquifer.

The public hearings on the OCP lasted for three days earlier this month.

The third reading of the bylaws creating the plan will be held on March 31, in a council meeting that has been moved to the Christian Life Assembly church in anticipation of large crowds.

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