Letter: Langley decision-making needs overhaul beyond Brookswood

Dear Editor,

With reference to B. Froebel’s concerns about the decision-making for the proposed Brookswood/Fernridge Official Community Plan, I suggest the process in Langley Township needs a serious review from the bottom up.

Consider recent controversial issues such as the Brookswood/Fernridge OCP, the Coulter-Berry development in Fort Langley, the proposed sale of Township-owned, park-like property in Glen Valley, the redesign of the 64th Avenue railway overpass, the Wall property development adjacent Trinity Western University, the oft-mentioned Willoughby development, and the development of 60-plus homes on the Tuscan Farm property over the protected Hopington Aquifer.

With this much controversy, one must question if the political decision-makers are provided with appropriate information or if they are not studying it adequately to make decisions for the betterment of the community at large. Or is this as good as it gets?

The Township engineering and development decision-making process and staff recommendations to council may need an audit by the Auditor General for Local Government, to determine the quality of the information provided to council and possible internal or external influences on council which are resulting in what appears to be excessive controversy.

I consider such an audit equally as important as the upcoming election. If a systemic change is required, new politicians’ names won’t resolve the issue.

Bob Robinson, Langley

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