Letter: Rampant development trumps livability

'The strictly money minded seem to think that any one who does not jump on the sell-out bandwagon is anti development. Wrong.'

Dear Editor,

Purchasing a home is a big investment; therefore my husband and I did the research and were well aware that the Williams area was not going to remain exactly as is.

We have the opportunity to join the Money group to cash in and sell out, but since home and community improvement has been a steady labour of love for us, we will not be bullied into conformity nor scared away by future development. Exactly how that future development is going to represent our community as a whole, is something we are very concerned about and are willing to stay and fight for.

The strictly money minded seem to think that any one who does not jump on the sell-out bandwagon is anti development. Wrong.

I know my husband and I want sensible, considerate development.

It is also wrong when a family moves into an area, only to be unable to enroll their child in their neighbourhood school because of severe overcrowding. It is wrong to develop neighbourhoods where families can’t even visit each other as often because there is no room to park, in an area with pathetic transit. Or that kids trying to get to school are not provided with proper crosswalks because More development needs to happen first. It is wrong to think that the pitiful disproportionate patch of grass at Richard Bulpitt Park is satisfactory green space for the hundreds of homes around it.

I have seen kids trying to run and play, only to be constantly interrupted by what seems a never ending throng of dogs wanting to relieve themselves on the same patch of grass. Not to mention, Richard Bulpitt Elementary is still waiting for a proper playground for all the children it has to accommodate. Sure would be nice to see developer/stakeholders chip in for that.

Maybe the Money group would have better regard for these issues, if they were trying to raise a family in these neighbourhoods they helped plan. A purely profit driven mindset does not make for livable neighbourhoods.

I do not believe that people expect their community and neighbourhood plans to magically solve all of the issues. I do believe that they expect the plans to at least represent the things they care about. Contrary to what the Money group would have you believe, that is not only affordable and ‘good for now’ housing. We need well thought out plans that make truly sustainable living a priority. These plans are meant to act as a good guideline; otherwise it’s a free for all, Mad Max in the development world.

I am not claiming to have all the answers. It can be very challenging for some to uphold a sense of right and wrong in this world of big business.

What I like to remember and identify with is Aldo Leopold’s land ethic; “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

Noni Cicuto, Willoughby (Williams)

Just Posted

UPDATED: Langley’s downtown business entity given 10-year extension

Langley City’s businesses can strategize future after new BIA bylaw was approved, president says.

VIDEO: Geocaching attracted adventure seekers to new Langley City event

Dozens of teams came out to discover a mix of art and nature during a new treasure hunt.

LETTER: Hat obnoxious, manager not bigoted

One Langley Advance letter writer takes exception to another’s comments about an MAGA hat incident.

Hobby cyclist hits Langley streets and wineries for MS

Tim Baillie has been mounting up for 14 years now, riding for the cause.

VIDEO: 10-year-old gives veteran lacrosse announcer a little help

Broadcast buddies Jake Elliot and Keagan Winterlik shared play-by-play duties at a Thunders game.

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

SilverStar officially opens Gondola

The brand-new gondola is now offering scenic rides for visitors on SilverStar Mountain Resort.

VIDEO: Man climbs crane in Abbotsford

Police, fire called to deal with climber last night

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Most Read