Why is Brookswood singled out for a tree bylaw?

It is with great interest and puzzlement that I read news reports of plans to debate a restriction on tree cutting in Brookswood.


It is with great interest and puzzlement that I read news reports of plans to debate a restriction on tree cutting in Brookswood.  Last time I checked, Brookswood was just as much part of Langley as were Walnut Grove, Aldergrove, Murrayville and all places in between.

Surely, Langley Township council will not seriously consider singling out Brookswood property owners by only taking property rights away from them, while not batting an eyelash at clear cutting elsewhere. So why is the bylaw only aimed at Brookswood?

The puzzling part of all of this  is twofold. First, it appears that council has just said no to development in Brookswood, so it would seem logical that it is all the other areas of Langley, except Brookswood, that may need tree cutting restrictions. If developers will not be active here, concern shifts to the other areas.

Second, an argument is made that Brookswood has so many trees that cutting trees there ought to be restricted.  Logically, if Brookswood has an abundance of trees, should it not be all the other neighbourhoods that ought to have cutting restrictions, but not Brookswood?

Most people would be much more concerned if someone in Willoughby or Aldergrove took down one of (or clear cut) the few remaining trees there, than if a few trees in Brookswood come down.

As an aside, one would hope that when considering restricting property rights, particularly of current residents, council will also take into account that many people in Brookswood love having trees on their own property, despite the many extra costs associated with maintaining and repairing property as a result of having the trees.

There are also residents who plant more trees than they take down. If Brookswood residents cannot enjoy their private property on an equal basis with other residents of Langley, and council does go the illogical route of restricting the cutting of trees only in Brookswood, fairness would dictate major property tax reductions for Brookswood residents. This would compensate for the extra costs of having trees and probably in many cases, loss of property value.

I urge councillors not to make any knee-jerk decisions, even as “interim” measures. Property rights are restricted enough, and we should always be on guard against those who want to regulate and control every aspect of the lives of others, including basic property rights.

Cos Van Wermeskerken, Langley

Just Posted

Langley rollover crash slows traffic on 200 Street in Willoughby

Crews called to Monday afternoon collision involving two cars

VIDEO: Langley BMX racers propel pumpkins down their track

Once the standard race day was over, riders let a series of gourds roll down their Brookswood track.

Fort Langley wakes up to a flower bombing

A team from a village floral shop wanted to do a beautification project.

Abbotsford mom stuck in Africa over adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran have been waiting four weeks to bring son home

Township mayor Jack Froese talks short- and long-term goals for third term

Tree bylaw, pot sales among topics that will need attention in coming months

B.C. sailor surprised by humpback whale playing under her boat

Jodi Klahm-Kozicki said the experience was ‘magical’ near Denman Island

Ovechkin has 4 points as Caps rough up Canucks 5-2

WATCH: Defending champs pick up impressive win in Vancouver

Vancouver mayoral hopefuly admits defeat, congratulates winner Kennedy Stewart

Ken Sim of the Non-Partisan Association apologized for the time it took to acknowledge Stewart won

Mental fitness questioned of man charged in Chilliwack River Valley shooting

Peter Kampos told his lawyer ‘his dreams are being stolen and turned into drugs’ at Surrey Pre-trial

B.C. government moves to tighten resource industry regulations

New superintendent will oversee engineers, biologists, foresters

Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

Move follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election

More court before Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case is extradited here

Appeals must be dealt with in Europe, before charges faced in B.C.

Most Read