Election 2014: Blair Whitmarsh answers questions

Township of Langley: Whitmarsh, Blair - council candidate: He answers The Times' questions.

  • Nov. 7, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Blair Whitmarsh

  1. What is the most important issue facing the Township, and how would you propose to deal with it?

The primary issue facing the Township is population growth and managing that growth in a viable and sustainable way. The six unique communities in the Township will need to manage that growth in a way that reflects the needs and desires of their current residents and those residents that will be coming over the next 20-25 years. Other important issues such as transportation, safe neighbourhoods and communities, environmental protection, and quality of life are all connected in some way to the expected population growth.

2 – Should there be restrictions on development in Willoughby until the situation regarding funding for new schools has been resolved?

No, I don’t believe so. Development and growth bring infrastructure which includes the expansion and development of new schools. Willoughby is not completed and stopping development will put a stop to the creation of new schools in the area. What is needed is a concerted effort to solve transportation and school issues, while carefully managing growth and development in Willoughby.

3 – Do you support a pool and recreation centre complex in Aldergrove, and if so, when should construction begin? If not, why not?

Yes. Aldergrove has waited far too long for a pool and recreation complex and construction should begin as soon as possible. This facility will enhance the overall quality of life for the residents of Aldergrove.

4- What type of development, if any, should be encouraged in a new community plan for Brookswood and Fernridge?

Brookswood/Fernridge needs to have an updated community plan that reflects the needs and desires of the residents of Brookswood/Fernridge. It must be developed through significant community input, expert opinion, and strategic planning. The new official community plan must be able to accommodate new growth and should include new single-family opportunities, multi-family dwellings great for young families and seniors, and the maintenance of large treed lots that provide the quality of life that many Brookswood/Fernridge residents expect and love. It is possible to build a community that is loved by the majority of the Brookswood/Fernridge residents.

 

 

 

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