The controversy and conflict in Fort Langley is connected to the residentsâ€™ â€œvisionâ€ for the area.
Fort Langleyâ€™s unique place in history, including its rich contribution to the early settlements in the province, appears to be the main argument to maintain tight development and heritage standards.
This view would see the village build on its heritage importance as a major tourist designation.
The alternative â€œvisionâ€ is to allow for a relaxation of these standards to modernize the village by encouraging new development which does not currently meet the existing standards.
In doing so, the argument is, new and different businesses will set up in the community and enrich the economy.
The question is whether these two views are incompatible.
I believe in the principle of self-determination and the ability of citizens of Fort Langley to resolve this important issue.
I would therefore encourage the Township politicians to take a short â€œtime outâ€ and establish a representative Fort Langley citizens
group mandated to make recommendations back to council regarding the villageâ€™s vision and future development.
Dave Bahr, Langley