Stop this development

We support the heartfelt message sent by Angela and Peter Wonitowy regarding rezoning of 7.7 hectare corridor of forest and waterways

Editor:

We have sent the following letter to Langley Township council:

We want to support  and fully reinforce the heartfelt message sent to you by Angela and Peter, Wonitowy, regarding the rezoning of the 7.7 hectare corridor  of forest and waterways in the 27500 block of 28  Avenue here in Aldergrove.

My husband and I have often discussed the site, and fully expected there would eventually be residential development on the part of the property now occupied by the sewage plant.  But to develop the entire site with its wildlife habitat and vital watershed features is unthinkable and unacceptable.

We have lived and worked in Aldergrove for over 30 years and have regularly volunteered our time to work as watershed stewards and community supporters.  Countless hours spent on committees and in board meetings always reinforced our belief that there has to be a healthy balance between development and the very necessary preservation of Aldergrove’s natural landscape.

We are blessed with a top-of-land location that holds the headwaters and many tributaries of the Bertrand Creek watershed, as well as stunning views of fertile lands that stretch all the way to the ocean.

We have already lost other tracts of such land to our community’s so-called development, most regrettably to us, the large bluff with the Bertrand tributaries that is now South Aldergrove Athletic  Park. To this day it is only half as well-used and maintained as the original proposals promised, and we are left asking if the environment (and the taxpayers) have paid too high a price?

If we continue in this manner, Aldergrove will no longer be “The Place Between.”  It will be known as “The Place that Never Mattered.” Please reconsider your development ideas and strike that necessary balance that will allow Aldergrove to be the healthy community we truly care about.

Reg and Darlene Sherwin, Aldergrove