The standing trees are all down, Cameron said. “Not a single tree remains on this lot,” he said. (Special to the Langley Advance)

LETTER: Not too late to protect the character of Brookswood

With election year coming, a letter writer suggests council be held accountable for re-development.

Dear Editor,

RE: Shared letter to Mayor Froese and Councillors Whitmarsh, Quaale, Fox and Long.

Please find attached photos of a recent clear cut in developed Brookswood on 36th Avenue.

This property sold recently.

I routinely walk this area and paid attention as the existing home came down.

Some of the towering conifers (which were made significant mention of in the OCP documents) were initially snow fenced in, presumably for retention.

As fate always seems to fall, however, in these instances and as the attached photos show, nary a single tree was deemed worthy of saving.

Much was said at the open houses and public hearings along the way to the adopted OCP that predicted such events if measures were not put in place to prevent them.

This is an excerpt from my own presentation at public hearing #1;

· In terms of this proposed OCP, it was ethically and fundamentally wrong to divide the area into developed and undeveloped areas.

Scheming is not the way to build a community.

This approach only builds dis-trust.

Gentrification has already begun in developed Brookswood.

It’s curious that guiding principle #1 states “Maintain existing character of the developed areas,” yet the efficient 2,500-sq.-ft. homes of my generation are being torn down and replaced with monster homes that do not fit in with the homes beside them.

These monster homes see prices of $1.8-million – at the low end.

These monster homes dwarf the ones around them. This is not existing character.

By agreeing to divide Brookswood and Fernridge, you the council are absolving any responsibility to be stewards in maintaining the existing character of developed Brookswood.

The division between developed and undeveloped leaves zero protection for developed Brookswood.

Consider the new proposed Tree Protection Bylaw #5301, which has no inclusion for developed Brookswood.

It is unfair to consider any plan that divides our community.

This approach creates the “haves” and “have nots.”

The interim Tree Protection Bylaw 2014-5080 is the only protection of its kind for all of Brookswood including developed areas.

If the Iinterim bylaw is to be repealed within bylaw 5301, then developed Brookswood needs to be included in bylaw 5301. Bylaw 5301 also needs to be reworked to be in place in perpetuity. There will be no tree protection at all if bylaw 5301 disappears once development is complete.

I wonder if the five of you accept any culpability, responsibility, and blame for clear cut situations such as this that will become commonplace in developed Brookswood.

Your consistent and continual support for each and every development proposal that is presented, certainly calls into question the appropriateness of any of you remaining on council.

You were all entrusted to be stewards for the entire community, not just the development community.

Can any of you honestly look in the mirror, stand in front of your church congregations, engage with concerned residents, and say this is all ok?

I don’t think so.

In an interesting and recent letter to the editor, I read that Councillor Kim Richter was not ready for the mayor’s position. Her leadership was called into question. A well-known fact about leadership is that a true leader admits his/her mistake(s) and works to correct them. Perhaps one, some, all of you possess some leadership?

You need to correct your wrongs and put into motion, measures to protect the “existing character” that was so boldly proclaimed in guiding principle #1.

It’s never too late to do the right thing.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Brian Cameron, Langley

 

Just Posted

Langley overpass widening completed

The 208th Street overpass is now four lanes.

Man airlifted to hospital following mushroom farm stabbing

Abbotsford Police speaking with two men from the scene

Abbotsford man faces charges in Delta hit and run

Five men were injured in the June 2017 incident in Ladner

Langley Township council candidate works with PuCKS

The newest candidate was born and raised in Langley.

Motorcyclist slides under dump truck

Bike operator lucky to survive collision at Aldergrove intersection

Police release video on how to ‘run, hide, fight’ if there’s an active shooter

Vancouver police offer video with input from E-Comm, BC EHS, Vancouver Fire and Rescue

Study recommends jurors receive more financial and psychological support

Federal justice committee calls for 11 policy changes to mitigate juror stress

Surrey RCMP issue warning after third sexual assault since Sunday

It is the third sexual assault reported this week in Surrey

Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

SFU’s department of biological sciences recommends deeper look into shellfish ingesting microbeads

B.C. dad pens letter urging overhaul of youth health laws after son’s fatal overdose

The Infants Act currently states children under 19 years old may consent to medical treatment on own

Singh sides with B.C. in hornet’s nest of pipeline politics for the NDP

Singh had called for a more thorough environmental review process on the proposal

Aldergrove students build community ties

Friendly baseball game between students and Langley Mounties enjoyed by all

VIDEO: Campers leave big mess at rural Vancouver Island campsite

Vehicle parts, garbage, a mattress, lawn chairs, beer cans, and even fecal matter left in the area

30 C in B.C., 30 cm of snow expected for eastern Canada

It might be hot in B.C., but the rest of Canada still dealing with cold

Most Read