Patricia Lessard 20 Q for Langley Township (expanded only)

 

1. Should a new OCP allow increased density in Brookswood and Fernridge? 

YES, I believe that Council should strike a committee to work with planners on any future OCP’s.  The committee could be made up of residents, business owners, and a representative of the school district, council, etc… who will provide input into the vibrant exciting community that residents want!  Sustainable, balanced development is what is needed!

 

2. Should Township council act to slow down development of Willoughby? 

YES, except for where legal obligations may come into play.  Council needs to look at the OCP for Willoughby and determine if the OCP continues to represent the needs of the community.   

 

3. Does the Township do enough to help ensure there are enough schools in developing areas? 

I don’t know, I do know that it is not the Township Council nor the School Board that approves funding for new schools that comes from the Provincial Government.  

 

4. Would you vote in favour of a tax increase? 

DON’T KNOW, I am loath to an increase in taxation; a very strong business case would have to be presented to me to feel comfortable to vote on increased taxation. I would have to also feel extremely confident that we would have maximized the efficiencies in the budget.

 

5. Would you support tolling ALL Metro Vancouver bridges to fund transit? 

YES, I believe the costs should be shared amongst the region.

 

6. Would you support road pricing to fund transit? 

YES, I believe this is the fairest way to fund transit.

 

8. Should a tree protection bylaw be applied to the entire Township? 

NO, I don’t believe we need one for the entire Township.  I believe when creating Official Community Plans that a certain percentage of trees should have to remain. 

 

10. Should the Township create more bike lanes and public cycling infrastructure? 

YES, parking and traffic congestion will become increasing challenges within our community as it grows.  Encouraging cycling by making it safe should continue to be a goal of our Council.

 

12. Should the Township open sales of municipal lands to public scrutiny in advance?

YES, Municipal lands are the property of the residents of the Township, entrusted to our Council for its safe keeping.  

 

13. Should the Township commit to building the Aldergrove rec centre and pool regardless of land sales? 

YES, it has been way too long in coming.  The pool will contribute to physical and social health of the community.

 

14. Should the Township ensure that roads, sidewalks, and crosswalks are in place prior to the completion of new developments? 

NO, the Council has a mandate for balanced budgeting and to put the roads, sidewalks and crosswalks in before the completion of new development would not work financially.  We do however need to find ways to keep residents safe through the development and construction phases.

 

15. Is the Township doing enough to protect agricultural land? 

NO, by approving the development of 69 town homes on the Wall property in the ALR and 65 homes on the Tuscan Farm property shows that Council has not been committed to agricultural land.

 

16. Does the Township need more parks? 

DON’T KNOW, it is my understanding that Langley has a lot of parks and as development is approved allowances are being made for more park space.

 

17. Does the Township need more sports and recreation facilities? 

YES, Aldergrove is long overdue for recreation facilities.  As we continue to grow and bring more people into our community there will continue to be pressure on our existing facilities.

 

18. Should more firefighters be hired, even if it means a tax increase? 

I DON’T KNOW, I do believe we should be focused on reaching the recommended national standards.  I will advocate for implementing a strategic plan for the Township and the issues of firefighters would be in that plan.

 

19. Should more RCMP officers be hired, even if it means a tax increase?

I DON’T KNOW, without seeing the budget of where we may be able to achieve efficiencies it is difficult.  As stated above, this issue should be included in the strategic plan.

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