We purchased our home in Fernridge 40 years ago, in 1973, shortly after the Agricultural Land Reserve was formed, and could see from the maps that most of the west side of the Township was exempt from the ALR.
Long term planning by the council of the day destined this to be developed.
Back then, Brookswood was approximately half built.
Here, we would raise our family and the land would also be a long-term investment.
Now in retirement, we rebuilt the house where we intend to live out our days.
Development is going to be arduous, however the time has come to plan the neighbourhood, and we should make the best of it.
We are under no illusions that the area will undergo major transformation, as that is what is involved in urbanizing a rural area.
The planâ€™s population density needs to be sufficient to support a properly functioning, economically viable community. Public transit also requires density to be cost feasible.
Density should be increased, with more multi-family capacity around the commercial centre core, and possibly more townhouses, etc.
We should not use single-family zones to increase density by creating small-lot future ghettos with parking problems.
Neighbourhoods as nice as Walnut Grove or Murrayville should be worthy standards to strive for.
There are no shortage of other issues that need addressing, such as transportation and traffic. The 28th Avenue (major collector) runs west directly into the heart of Surreyâ€™s Campbell Heights Industrial development. It canâ€™t be good planning to allow or invite eastbound industrial truck traffic directly into the new
Griffith residential neighbourhood. This is already an expensive bylaw enforcement problem, in spite of â€œno trucksâ€ signs already posted.
Roland and Lorraine Seguin, Fernridge