Yellow tape and protest signs were placed around Denny Ross Memorial Park by neighbours who feel a 30- car parking lot does not belong in the park. The Township and Lanstone Homes are now working on alternative parking solutions. Submitted photo by Mike Way

Developer axes 30-car parking lot at Denny Ross Memorial Park

Murrayville greenspace will not be replaced by parking lot, following public outcry

The protest worked.

Lanstone Homes will no longer build a 30-car parking lot on greenspace at Denny Ross Memorial Park.

The parking lot was originally proposed as part of the development company’s Murrayville Schoolhouse project, which will see the five-acre property at 21812 48 Ave. transformed into 48 townhouses, and six residential units inside the historic Murrayville school building.

READ MORE: Developer wants to put 48 townhouses and redesign schoolhouse into residential units

But after many letters of complaint were received, and yellow tape and signs were put up at the park demanding the parking lot be moved, the Township and Lanstone Homes are exploring alternatives.

“Lanstone Homes was able to meet with the Township staff, and they have backed away from requiring Lanstone Homes to put the parking lot in that location, which I think is a very good move because it would have taken out what is quite endearing to the neighbours right now in terms of greenspace,” said Kurt Alberts on behalf of Lanstone Homes.

“You can see how well the neighbourhood is actually using the main passive area within the park. So, while the Township has backed away from requiring the parking lot in the fashion that was proposed at the public information meeting (on Nov. 22), they are still asking Lanstone Homes to try to provide roughly the equivalent number of parking spaces but in a different location.”

That work is now underway, and the company has already received many suggestions from the community, Alberts said. It may be possible to add some parking spaces behind the baseball diamond, or on the old road allowance behind the school. Some neighbours are advocating for angled parking, similar to what Langley City has along Fraser Highway between 204 and 206 Streets.

“What we’ve heard loud and clear from the neighbours is that they don’t feel there’s a need for parking. That the road has worked well to provide parking for the last couple of decades, that’s what we’re being told,” Alberts said. “But, I guess the Township has certain standards, that in this case, the developer Lanstone Homes must try to satisfy. So that’s what they’re busy trying to do.

“As soon as we have something that we can share with the people, we will post it. And obviously … Lanstone Homes wants to be careful that they come up with something that the neighbours won’t have as negative of a reaction to as we’ve experienced with the Township proposal.”

Alberts is encouraging residents to provide their feedback to Lanstone Homes through the “suggestion box” online at murrayvilleschool.com.



miranda@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Photo from murrayvilleschool.com

Ella Yausie, 9, and her mother put up a “no parking lot” sign at Denny Ross Memorial Park. Submitted photo by Jim Yausie.

Yellow tape and protest signs were placed around Denny Ross Memorial Park by neighbours who feel a 30- car parking lot does not belong in the park. The Township and Lanstone Homes are now working on alternative parking solutions. Submitted photo by Mike Way

Just Posted

Washington State Department of Agriculture workers, wearing protective suits and working vacuumed a nest of Asian giant hornets from a tree Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Nest of ‘murder hornets’ found near South Surrey

String of traps set up along border to capture Asian giant hornets

Langley resident Sean Nugent, who died in 2019 shortly he saved a swimmer from drowning, has been awarded a posthumous medal for bravery by the Royal Canadian Humane Association (Courtesy Nugent family)
Langley man who died after saving swimmer receives posthumous medal for bravery

Sean Nugent rescued woman from Hayward Lake near Mission in July of 2019

The RCMP photo shows cannabis that was seized as part of the E-Prominent investigation. (RCMP)
Four Langley and Surrey men charged in 2019 pot export case

Warrants were executed on properties in Surrey, Langley and Delta in June and August 2019

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for briefing on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020 (B.C. government)
B.C. records 217 more COVID-19 cases, mask use urged

Infection spike continues, 21 senior facilities affected

People march during a climate strike in Montreal, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Judge rejects 15 youths’ climate change lawsuit against Canadian government

Justice Michael Manson has granted the government’s motion to strike the plaintiffs’ claim

A woman walks through check in at WestJet at Pearson International airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Strong support for pre-flight COVID testing ahead of upcoming WestJet trial: YVR

Airport is partnering with UBC, which is helping choose the method of pre-flight testing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID pandemic during a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau says pandemic ‘really sucks,’ and that Christmas gatherings are up in the air

The prime minister encouraged residents to continue to follow the advice of local health authorities

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

The Williams Lake Indian Band is stipulating no-go zones for mushroom picking in areas burned by last summer’s wildfires. 100 Mile Free Press photo
Who controls mushroom harvesting on Indigenous lands?

‘We don’t necessarily know where the mushrooms grow, how old the stands need to be, those types of things.’

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada/USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
U.S. election results one factor that could impact immigration to Canada next year

The survey polled 1,523 Canadians between Oct. 23 and Oct. 25

Most Read