Township Council made its decision, and it is what we expected from them.
Whether they passed the Fort Langley building or not, the decision is still wrong.
It is wrong for one man to push his willâ€¯for any building that is against the bylaws.
It is wrong for Council to have even given it any thought.
It is wrong for a previous mayor to assist him in bypassing the bylaws that he installed.
It was wrong for the council to go and turn the sod when it was not cleared.
It was wrong for the construction to begin without a permit.
It is wrong to denigrate the heritage folks who have worked for years to preserve the essence of Fort Langley.
It was wrong for the council to have a public hearing where they were not hearing.
It is wrong for them to conspire corporately behind the scene to try to cover their tracks in this blunder they created.
It was wrong for the council to have strong, valid, intelligent, engineering, ethical, explicit reasons givenâ€¯why this construction was wrong and to ignore them.
It was wrong for a councillor to state that OCPs should beâ€¯respectedâ€¯when she votedâ€¯on theâ€¯Brookswoodâ€¯decision,â€¯but ignore the Fort Langley OCP.
It is wrong for lawyers and leadersâ€¯to not follow the intentâ€¯of the law, but to find a way around them to get what they want.
It was wrong for the council to require other builders to adhere to the requirements while fighting forâ€¯one toâ€¯ignore them.
It simply is wrong for anyone in leadership to be swayed by friends and finances rather than ethics.
Mayor Jack Froese and Councillor Grant Ward both voted to pass Brookswood and Coulter Berry, ignoring every sensible reason provided.
Others couldnâ€™t see past â€¯statements like, â€œHeritage isnâ€™t defined by a three-storey building,â€ or, â€œTwo storeys are boring.â€
Another one told us we werenâ€™t very brightâ€¯in understanding the situation and that he didnâ€™t care what we thought!
Thanks to Councillors David Davis and Bob Long for understanding what is at stake here. Weâ€¯are watching and taking note.
The yardstick that had beenâ€¯used on Councillor Davisâ€™s bottom as a child must have put some sense into the other end!
All in all, even if the majority wants something that is wrong, it is still wrong.
Brookswood has a short reprieve. But just wait, the council will be back on their case before long.
They knew they were stuck on this massive blunder in the Fort,â€¯and they felt theyâ€™d appear reasonable by turning one down to approve the other. It is all quite apparent whatâ€™s going on.
The permit for the construction to resume in Fort Langley was posted a day or two after the decision. This is proof that, behind the scenes, the council was working on it while pretending to have given serious thought to their decision. Normally, it takes weeks for a permit to be granted.
Lois Hooks, Fort Langley