Letter: Coulter Berry compromise only on one side

Dear Editor,

On the one hand, the debate going on in Fort Langley is one raging throughout most of the developed world, regarding integration of new development into historical or heritage-designated communities.

It is a debate that is trying to find the balance between acknowledging and preserving the past, but at the same time accommodating the needs and the creativity of the present and the future.

On the other hand, I wouldn’t want to elevate what has happened in Fort Langley to the level of reasoned debate.

Misinformation about the Coulter Berry project has flowed freely, as has name-calling. Lawsuits that are theoretically about the academic question of how local government exercises its legislative authority have managed to affect the livelihoods of many people.

The opposition has become so entrenched that they actually think that, if the developer would only do what they want, that would amount to a compromise.

A compromise is realizing that rising land values since the beginning of the new millennium have dramatically affected the kinds of development that are economically possible.

A compromise is realizing that a three-storey building stepped down to roof-top balconies next to an outdoor eating establishment is itself a compromise.

A compromise is realizing that underground parking is the best way to make a pedestrian-friendly streetscape, because it avoids an above-ground, unsightly parking lot that provides no pedestrian interest or value.

A compromise is acknowledging that poorly built buildings do not have the same shelf-life that better-built buildings do, or that things like building codes and even guidelines have to be changed with improved knowledge and population pressures.

And a compromise is one where both sides give up something to achieve some sort of equilibrium.

Statewood Properties did not apply to build a four-storey building, which would have actually made more economic sense than three storeys, given the cost of underground parking.

It also did not apply for a three-storey commercial-only building.

It adhered to the spirit of the building facade design guidelines, and with the Fort Langley Community Plan, which foresaw the possibility of 39-foot (12-metre) buildings, and called for residential space above commercial in the commercial core of the town.

The LEED Gold design exceeds current design standards with respect to sustainability, and will help preserve our natural environment, by minimizing electricity use and by using more durable materials, among other things.

I see compromise on one side, but not the other.

Christine Burdeniuk, Langley

Just Posted

VIDEO: Fort Langley was celebrating cultural diversity before it was ‘populaire’

Sunshine and mild temperatures helped draw hundreds to the historic site’s French Canadian festival.

Team BC defeats its hosts at junior curling nationals Sunday

Tyler Tardi and his team have played and won three games in the Canadian championships, so far.

LETTER: Nothing wrong with Langley mayor sporting Oilers jersey

Maybe a Giants jersey would have been more politically astute, a letter writer suggests.

Langley runner nominated for B.C. university athlete of the year

Trinity Western’s Regan Yee ‘surprised and delighted’

Family band from Aldergrove wins youth music award

The Springmans won a Fraser Valley Music Award for their album Happy Beach.

Keep focus on helping Canadians at home, Trudeau tells MPs at start of meeting

Trudeau said the Liberals will offer Canadians hope amid issue like climate change and global tensions

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 in OT

New England will meet L.A. Rams in NFL title game

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

Crash closes Coquihalla southbound lane south of Merritt

Accident occurred approximately 26 kilometres south of Merritt

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

12 poisoned eagles found on Vancouver Island

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Tournament is to be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

Most Read