We attended a recent
Public Information meeting for a proposed business / hotel development at 19881
86 Ave et al. We attended on behalf of
the Willoughby Residents Association (WRA) because we saw in their proposal
they were asking for a reduction in parking as a variance. Believe it or not,
that area is already full on many surrounding streets. Semis and cars alike fill this area in the
daytime, often parked illegally during peak times. We assume they are from the industrial and
commercial ventures that are already existing.
To reduce parking would be a major mistake. A young woman at the meeting invited us to “ask
any of us” and a gentleman came up and said “can I answer your questions”. Our discussion was brief because he said
quickly “Oh that’s not my department, you need to go over there” and pointed me
elsewhere, where my partner was. Okay,
not an auspicious start. And the people
to whom I was directed were stunned when I pointed out their own picture had
parked cars in it. They countered with
how they would be sure to have strict parking enforcement so those currently parking
on the street wouldn’t be parking in their new commercial area.
But as we read the
boards further, we noted it said “Connections made to existing bicycle networks….”. We pointed out that that meant there would be
no connection, since that area has no existing bicycle network. The person who came up to be helpful and
answer our question said “oh yes, they are here on paper and we’ll connect with
them on paper”. I hope you read that with the same stunned
silence I had at first, before I tried to point out the reality of disjointed
paths that simply stop and go nowhere is not, by definition, a network. How can they hope to connect to a network
that isn’t there? I got three sentences
in as I attempted to explain the meaning of “existing” and “network” before my
partner realized my futility and moved me along.
And that put me in
front of the tree board. I asked, yet
another helpful host, if they were being affected by the new tree bylaw. “Oh, that doesn’t apply to us, we’re
developers”. And that’s when we
left. The trees that are in “poor health”
are noted to be 344/401 trees.
I would query, then,
that if bicycle paths only have to exist on paper, then isn’t it possible that
344 trees are only sick on paper and thus in the real world, are actually worth
All in all, this
project deserves another look by council and not a rubber stamp as so many
things seem to be manufactured on paper, with little bearing on reality.
The next meeting of the Willoughby Residents Association is Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm, 20097 72nd Ave (Shepherd of the Valley Church). If you live in Willoughby (Langley, BC) or are concerned about the Willoughby area, come have your say in your community and hear what we’ve been up to.
Tell us what is on your mind? Do your children have access to safe play space? Are they able to go to local schools? What is the crime like in your part of Willoughby?
We need to hear from YOU! Email email@example.com or call 604.888.6606
The next meeting of the Willoughby Residents Association is Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7pm, 20097 72nd Ave (Shepherd of the Valley Church). If you live in Willoughby (Langley, BC) or are concerned about the Willoughby area, come have a say in your neighbourhood and hear what we’ve been doing for our community. Help us develop a solid voice and meet your neighbours.
Join us on Monday January 14, 2019 at 7pm at the Township of Langley Hall. We are presenting the results of our survey which we have put into a lovely PowerPoint presentation. And who doesn’t love a PowerPoint presentation? We have diagrams and pictures and other fun stuff to learn about Willoughby.
What do we need? We need YOU – come support the WRA by showing up and letter the TOL know we are here and active. We look forward to seeing you on Monday and don’t forget to come say hi and let Cynthia and Jeff know you’re there!
The Willoughby Residents Association is dismayed that at last week’s December 3, 2018 council meeting it was suggested the Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) from land development and re-zoning in the Willoughby area be redirected to other communities in the Township. Willoughby is already underfunded. As Aldergrove was described in the motion put forward by council as struggling, we would suggest that Willoughby is also a struggling area.
CACs are clearly too low since we are lacking in Greenways including sidewalks, bike lanes and road infrastructure, more community policing including traffic management, updates to recreation facilities for our youth, and updates to recreation facilities for our seniors.
Any councillor that suggests taking from the struggling and giving to the equally struggling is someone who is kicking Willoughby in the teeth and telling us to enjoy it.
The Township should be adding additional money to the current CACs to get the work done in a timely manner. For far too long Willoughby has been ignored and now the council sees us as the golden goose. Willoughby is people with homes and families who put their hard earned money into where they live. Let’s get our voice to council to ensure that they know how we feel. Keep ALL the CACs from Willoughby development in Willoughby.