New Brookswood plan goes to public

Langley Township will go back to the residents of Brookswood before it passes a new community plan that will change the neighbourhood’s future.

At Monday night’s council meeting, the council passed the first two readings of the new Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan.

Before holding a public hearing and the final readings that will make the plan policy, the Township is hosting another open house on Feb. 19 at Brookswood Secondary School, from 4-8 p.m.

Councillor Steve Ferguson called for the new open house.

He noted that the Township has had the re-development of Brookswood on its back burner since the late 1980s. The Township ultimately decided to develop Willoughby first, a long-term project that only took off in the early 2000s.

Langley Township staff will report back on input from the residents at the open meeting.

After the open house, there will be a public hearing in front of the council, at which anyone can make comments about the plans.

The plan calls for some densification of areas of Brookswood, which would increase the population by about 13,000 people, to 42,000, over the next 30 years. Areas around major roads are the most likely to be affected.

The plan is different from the proposals for the nearby Griffith neighbourhood, a new planning area in the same general region.

The Griffith plan proved to have stirred up some controversy earlier this year, when a large number of people came out to an open house on the project. Some were in favour, and others had reservations, while some were solidly against more development.

“Brookswood/Fernridge is an established community and residents want to know what is being planned for the future,” said Township Mayor Jack Froese. “This is the final opportunity to learn about the Community Plan and have your say before it goes to public hearing.”

The open house is scheduled to be held in the small gym at Brookswood Secondary, which is located at 20902 37A Ave.

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