A few months ago we discovered we could afford a house in Langley – so here we are. We have moved south of the Fraser River and know few people here. The best way to meet people is through the local community associations but unfortunately, the Willoughby Residents Association appears to have died out. So we are resurrecting it in the hopes of meeting our neighbours and finding out what makes Willoughby, and Langley, tick. If you would like to get together to discuss local issues we would love to meet you.
FROM THE ARCHIVES:
RAPID DEVELOPING WILLOUGHBY SPARKS NEW ASSOCIATION
Willoughby Residents Association announces incorporation non-profit society
LANGLEY, BC, APRIL 2, 2012
Langley is re-discovering growing pains as new development brings an increasing amount of issues to residents, businesses, and various government bodies. The Willoughby Development Area has and will see the majority of this new development in this decade.
Current and future residents of Willoughby neighbourhoods will continue to face challenges in the years to come as Willoughby is set to become the most populous neighbourhood in Langley. Concerns about the development process, local schools, crime, infrastructure, transportation, and parks will all continue to be major factors as residents are often caught in the middle of growth and politics.
The Willoughby Residents Association was incorporated as as a non-profit BC Society on February 21, 2012. The Association seeks to encourage constructive cooperation between households, local businesses, and government bodies in the Willoughby neighbourhoods. The Association will promote sustainable development in the Willoughby Development Area of the Township of Langley and provide a public forum for policy matters concerning residents of all Willoughby neighbourhoods. Brad Richert was appointed President by the Board of Directors who include Willoughby residents Al Peterson, Rena Terry, Sonya Paterson, & Teresa Blades. The Willoughby Residents Association is made possible by community volunteers dedicated to building a better Langley.
At the root of the Association’s purpose is community involvement & engagement. As a forum for cooperation, the Association will provide the resources to residents to engage with community planning in a positive and constructive way. The Association hopes to bring all parties to the table in a respectful manner to create the most livable and desirable neighourhood possible.
All residents of Willoughby are automatic members of the Association with no fee, annual or otherwise. Membership is open to residents of the Willoughby Development Area, with north-south borders at Highway #1 and 62 Avenue and west-east borders at 196th Street and the Willowbrook Connector/216th Street. Our neighbourhoods include Carvolth, Central Gordon, Jericho, Latimer, North East Gordon, Routley, South West Gordon, Smith, Williams, Yorkson, and Willowbrook (including Langley Meadows).
To receive more information, including the monthly e-newsletter or to get involved with the Association’s programs or events, please visit www.willoughbyresidents.org (also on Facebook!).
The Willoughby Residents Association’s inaugural meeting took place this Thursday, March 29th. Several community events currently being planned by the Association include:
- Willoughby BLOCK WATCH campaign with information sessions hosted by the Langley RCMP. The first information session will be on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Willoughby Elementary Library at 7:30pm. If you are interested in being involved, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website.
- West Willoughby Yard Sale & Party on May 5-6th Weekend. For more information, please contact us at email@example.com or visit http://westwilloughbyyardsale.wordpress.com
- First Annual General Meeting will be this November 1, 2012. We are actively seeking residents to join our Board of Directors. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
In the need to write a constitution for the purpose of registering our Association as per the Society Act of British Columbia, I amended our tentative mission statement and added several new points for clarification. You can see them on our About the WRA page, but I want to restate what this means and what, maybe more importantly, it does not mean.
The purposes of the society are:
To encourage constructive cooperation between households, local business, and government bodies in the Willoughby neighbourhoods.
To promote sustainable development in the Willoughby Development Area (Township of Langley).
To provide a public forum for policy matters concerning residents of the Willoughby neighbourhoods.
At the root of the society’s purpose is community involvement. The Willoughby Residents Association is nothing without the residents of Willoughby. We hold no authoritative power. We are a forum for cooperation. While the Association may provide recommendation to various government bodies, this is not our primary function.
The Willoughby Residents Association IS a watchdog organization. We will monitor and publicize actions unfavourable or harmful to the residents of Willoughby.
The Willoughby Residents Association IS NOT a homeowners association. We do not exclude residents of Willoughby who do not own their home.
The Willoughby Residents Association IS a registered society in the Province of British Columbia and follows the rules and regulations of the Society Act.
The Willoughby Residents Association IS NOT primarily a lobbying organization. We will provide resources to a number of institutions so that they may make the best possible decisions in matters that affect the residents of Willoughby.
The Willoughby Residents Association IS a nonprofit organization made possible by community volunteers dedicated to building a better Langley.